Monarch is getting in on the Aktion Club
People we support in group homes in Asheboro have an exciting new opportunity to get involved in their communities, and many of them have already done so by joining the Aktion Club.
Part of the Kiwanis, The Aktion Club is the only service club for adults with disabilities, with more than 11,000 members worldwide.
Last year, Monarch CEO Dr. Peggy Terhune spoke at the Asheboro Kiwanis club in Randolph County and it was at that event Bunny Schoolcraft, Vocational Opportunities in the Community site manager, first heard about the Aktion Club.
Schoolcraft liked the idea of it so much that she, along with five advisors, worked together to research and start the club in Asheboro last August. They became officially chartered in February of this year at the Pinewood Country Club. There are 27 members from the area, with four Monarch homes actively involved in the club.
The club’s goal is to teach its members leadership and volunteer skills and allow opportunities for them to give back to their communities. Club members elect officers, hold monthly meetings and plan for upcoming volunteer events.
Sharon Brady is the club’s secretary. She explained that part of her responsibilities is to call roll during meetings, take minutes, help send out cards and information and keep up with all correspondence. “I like helping other people and making a difference in people’s lives,” she said.
This month the club participated in the Kiwanis pancake day, an annual fundraiser, in Asheboro. Members volunteered by selling tickets, rolling silverware and serving tables. They have also helped in collecting school supplies to fill backpacks for the local Boys & Girls club.
Schoolcraft said the club has been great for the members’ self-esteem as well as in helping them learn parliamentary procedures when holding their club meeting and developing new friendships with each other and those in the community.
Monarch also participates in the Aktion Club in Moore County. The club meetings are held every third Tuesday of the month and are sponsored by the Moore County Chapter of The Arc of North Carolina.
Hakim Ellis, operations manager, said Aktion Club members “play a pivotal role in developing better service and programs for the I/DD community.”