Volunteers from across New York descended on Rochester to share their ideas at the Kiwanis Aktion Club statewide conference this October. Lifestyles’ own Kiwanians were among the groups represented who talked about leadership, their club activities, and why they give their time.
“Kiwanis Aktion Club members serve their communities,” explained Eric Schwacke. “We’re here to serve. What can I can say – it’s a family.”
“With all that the Aktion Club members do, it’s a great feeling,” said Dennis Gable, advisor to the Staten Island contingent. “I’m very happy to be a part of it and to be involved with Lifestyles Aktion Club.”
Lifestyles was represented by Eric Schwacke, William Bush, Michael Cilmi and new member Kenneth Tobin, along with staff advisors Paula and Edward Gregory.
This year, the Lifestyles group collected toys for children, raised money at a 60’s dance to send people to Kamp Kiwanis, and gave clothes and holiday gifts to residents of Project Hospitality. Other Aktion Clubs at the conference included Ontario County, Newark, Waterloo, Brighton, Brockport, and Gates. The state clubs also conducted bake sales, clothing drives, arts and craft supply collections, car washes, disaster relief packages, and more.
The Gregorys made the most of crossing 300-plus miles of the state. They guided the four young men to some of the highlights of Central New York, taking in Lake Ontario, the Rochester Museum of Science and the Corning Museum of Glass.
The Aktion Clubs are Kiwanis groups of people with disabilities volunteering to support others. There are more than 500 Aktion Clubs with more than 12,000 members worldwide.
- Article by Eddy Gregory with Eric Schwacke and Meredith Arout.
- Photography: Eric Schwacke
- Video: Michael Cilmi, reporter, Eddy Gregory, producer.
More than twenty scholars of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders from countries all over sub-Saharan Africa spent the month of July learning what they could about nonprofit organizations and how they serve people here. Fellows Omo from Nigeria and Jerrat from Cameroon shadowed a few programs within Lifestyles for the Disabled.
Life-Wire reporters Michael Cilmi and Joseph Jones had an opportunity to interview Omo and Jerrat. They interviewed the pair about their work with the disabled community and their experience in the U.S. Please listen at the link below and online at Lifestyles Radio.
Here are some images of their visit by our photo crew:
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At Lifestyles we are all work and play. Check out Ed Burke, Deputy Borough President, singing the praises of the beautiful Ocean Breeze Athletic Facility with Anthony DiFato. And look at all these happy people running, jumping and dancing freely at Staten Island’s premier fitness and competition center. A good time was had by all.
The Media Department traveled to CTV (Community Television) to record some segments for an upcoming show on keeping fit at Lifestyles. Here is an inside peek at the Mariners Harbor studio taken by Aaron Bialer.
“I wanted to capture what everyone is doing and how they enjoyed what they are doing,” said Aaron. “It’s a little tricky — the lights and the settings on the camera. But we go often, so I can keep trying.
“Tony (DeSimone, media staff) talked about how the more you do, you will improve. As long as you don’t give up, you will get it done,” concluded Aaron.
Anthonio Pabon talks about his appearance in a Leah Jenea video, “Perfectly Imperfect, marking autism awareness month.
Be sure to watch the video on You Tube:
The 2018 crop of Staten Island Yankee players and their manager talk about the upcoming season with Lifestyle for the Disabled correspondents Sam Stone and Antonio Pabon. Video by Mario Papa. Edited by Mario Papa and Richard So.
Our own Joe Padalino interviews our new staff member, Emily Nacchio about all things Italian – culture, food, and music.