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Carolinas District of Kiwanis International – Education and Leadership Conference — Greenville, SC – August 28

Summary by Tim Horner, former District Trustee

The Annual District Conference met to certify the election of District Officers, review the past year with an eye to the coming year, especially focusing on MEMBERSHIP! Gaining new members and retaining current Kiwanians. To this end an additional focus was directed to the International direction for “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion”.

Topsail Kiwanis was recognized in a most special way this year – WE (all of you) are one of only TWO Kiwanis Clubs in NORTH AMERICA to Charter a new AKTION CLUB this year!!!! Many thanks and CONGRATULATIONS to Club Advisor and Founder Diane Cavanaugh.

Topsail Kiwanis was recognized in a most special way this year – WE (all of you) are one of only TWO Kiwanis Clubs in NORTH AMERICA to Charter a new AKTION CLUB this year!!!! Many thanks and CONGRATULATIONS to Club Advisor and Founder Diane Cavanaugh.

Our second recognition was for two of our FANTASTIC Leadership Team. There are many ways to lead; physical prowess, massive intellect, charisma, or even just prodding others to do a task until it gets done. In Kiwanis we lead by SERVICE, we lead by doing. Our heart tells us where we are needed and we go. Distinguished Leadership is often un-rewarded. In that there are seldom headlines, or media coverage or even notice by your friends or associates. But we continue to provide dedicated help as we can. Our mantra tells us who we are, our deeds show our dedication to that creed.

This past weekend President Carrie Hewitt and President-elect Nicki Swafford were recognized for their dedication to the residents of the Kiwanis Cottage, Boys and Girls Home, Lake Waccamaw. Through many hours-of-service Carrie and Nicki have brought these girls a sense of family they had not ever experienced. They had caring adults who actually treated them as young women with potential and value. They taught them the basics of living they had never known. Additionally, they provided the basics of growing into strong, productive members of their community. Young ladies we would all be proud of. For all of their efforts past and continuing, for their service and selfless dedication to the true meaning of Kiwanis – Carrie and Nicki have been named “Distinguished Kiwanis”. 


JOE CROSTIC was elected as District Governor


Aktion Club Initiated


On Tuesday, August 17, our club initiated an Aktion Club to serve the needs of young adults with disabilities in the Topsail Island Area. President Carrie Hewitt (lf) led the initiation ceremony assisted by Diane Cavanagh, who is the Aktion Club Leader (second from rt).

Joe Crostic, Governor-Elect of Carolinas District gave welcoming comments to the newest members of our Aktion Club as well as praised our Club for the effort made to start this Service Leadership Program noting that there are over 500 Aktion Clubs across 13 nations.


Governor’s Volunteer Awards

Diane was selected for the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award that honors the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups and businesses that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service. Diane volunteers with RSVP-AmeriCore Seniors. RSVP-AmeriCore Seniors provides numerous services to the community, including a check-in on the elderly, Reading Buddies in Pender County Schools, and Meals on Wheels. She recently was instrumental in formation of our Aktion Club.


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