By Howard Jackson, Cal-Nev-Ha Aktion Club district officer, 2012-2013
The 2012 Cal-Nev-Ha Aktion Club leadership training conference and convention conducted a major service project in support of the Kiwanis International worldwide service project, whose goal is to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). The conference was held over the weekend of September 12-14 at the Wonder Valley convention and resort center, 32 miles east of Fresno, California. Nearly 250 Aktion Club members and advisors attended.
The project consisted of Aktion Club attendees and a few of their advisors making 150 beautiful beaded necklaces. One of the novice beaders was the Cal-Nev-Ha governor-elect (now governor) Gary Jander. The necklaces feature an artistically designed medallion of a figure of a pregnant woman and the words “Eliminate MNT.” The plan is for Aktion Club members to sell the necklaces for $36 each with all the proceeds going to The Eliminate Project. Each necklace sold will save or protect 20 lives. It is anticipated that the project will raise US$5,000 for The Eliminate Project.
Once they raise US$5,000, the Cal-Nev-Ha Aktion Clubs will consider making additional necklaces in support of The Eliminate Project.
The necklaces come in three colors—black, green and red with a choice of a pewter or bronze medallion. The necklaces were fun and easy to make. The packaging includes a note about The Eliminate Project and information about the Kiwanis Aktion Club program.