Kiwanis Club of Tryon has a busy Saturday in Columbus

Published 11:40 am Monday, July 18, 2022

Aktion Club takes action to raise money for summer camp 

COLUMBUS – After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Kiwanis Aktion Club got back into action on July 16 with a car wash at the Columbus Advanced Auto Parts.

The primary purpose of their car wash was to raise money to attend an upcoming conference in Denton, N.C. The Aktion Club is a Kiwanis-sponsored club for adults with disabilities and special needs, and their various clubs have more than 12,000 members worldwide. The Club recruits members from multiple organizations that support individuals with disabilities and other community programs from all over Western North Carolina. 

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Saturday, the local chapter of the Aktion Club was up bright and early for their busy morning of washing and detailing cars.

They are led by President Michael Brice, a transplant from Upstate New York in his first year with the Club. He was joined by the Club’s Vice President Andrew Rutherford, Secretary Niesha Coleman, Treasurer John Menard, and founding member Sara Staton. The Club was aided by sponsor Boyd Correll and event organizer Sarah Lawter. The well-equipped team worked with efficiency and teamwork, and all for a reasonable donation to their cause.

The car wash served a dual purpose. Aktion Clubs hope to provide opportunities for members to discover the joy of serving their community while also allowing them to make friends and have fun. The activities are ways for the members to advance their own abilities to make a difference, explore their passions and convictions, and develop their empathy with people in need. To make a donation or inquire further about the Aktion Club, contact the Kiwanis Club of Tryon at


Kiwanis Club of Tryon members and local children enjoying a game of gaga this Saturday in the new Gaga Pit at Stearns Park


The local organization pulled double duty Saturday with the dedication of the Gaga Pit at Stearns Park. Gaga ball is a variation of dodgeball where competitors are eliminated when struck below the knee.

The Kiwanis Club of Tryon sponsored the building of the octagonal Gaga ball pit. Laura Baird of Polk County Parks and Recreation and Kiwanis member Linda Greensfelder hosted the event, with the help of numerous volunteers who provided supervision, snacks, and snowcones.