Pictured are people who attended the first meeting of the Warsaw AKtion Club on Tuesday evening at the Parkview YMCA. Photo Provided.
Pictured are people who attended the first meeting of the Warsaw AKtion Club on Tuesday evening at the Parkview YMCA. Photo Provided.
Warsaw Kiwanis Club held the first meeting of the new Warsaw AKtion Club on Tuesday evening at the Parkview YMCA.

AKtion Club is one of the family of Kiwanis service clubs that, in addition to Kiwanis Club, includes Key Club for high school students and Circle K Club for college students.

AKtion Club is designed for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Members of the club and its officers are all individuals with disabilities. Together, they provide club leadership, make proposals and decisions on activities such as social gatherings, fundraisers and service projects, and they perform these in conjunction with club advisors and other members of the Kiwanis family, according to a provided news release.

Speaker Don Collins, of the Shelbyville club, said the mission of AKtion Club is to provide adults with disabilities an opportunity to develop initiative, leadership skills and to serve their community.

Warsaw Kiwanis President Jim Molebash added that too often we think of people with disabilities only as needing to be served, and we forget that they are able to serve, as well. The core values of AKtion Club are character-building, leadership, inclusiveness and caring for oneself, others, the community and the nation.

Meetings will be held monthly at the Parkview YMCA. Those wishing to join, or to participate as an advisor or support staff, are invited to attend the next meeting on May 10 at 6 p.m. Dues are $8 per year and scholarships are available to those unable to cover the fee.

For questions, contact Anne Petre of the YMCA at 574-269-9622 or Michelle Boxell of Warsaw Kiwanis at 574-371-1387.