Duff (middle) with her April 2022 Aktion Club Member of the Month trophy and certificate.

Duff named April 2022 Aktion Club Member of the Month

GREENVILLE—The Aktion Club Member of the Month for April 2022, is Cali Duff.

Duff is a fairly new member, and has been attending meetings for about a year. She was nominated by her peers for her constant willingness to contribute, and to grow the club.

Duff recently helped the Aktion Club participate in Darke County Solid Waste District’s annual Trash Bash, which has been one of her favorite activities within the group.

“I liked getting out and being with people,” Duff said.

Additionally, Duff loves to read and dance. She’s a member of the Next Chapter Book Club and Artistic Variations dance club.

Duff has danced with the club for about four years, and said she’s looking forward to the club recital at Memorial Hall this weekend.

“She never turns down an opportunity to volunteer and she is always upbeat, happy and a good friend to others,” Sue Huston, Community Connections & Advocacy Coordinator said. “Cali is very active our Next Chapter Book Club as well as a dance member of Artistic Variations through Final Bow Center for Children’s Performing Arts.”

Duff also enjoys helping with the Darke County Developmental Disabilities school visits. Recently, Darke DD has visited various county schools to speak to children in grades kindergarten to second grade about inclusion and awareness.

“It’s been a blast,” Houston said. “We’re going to go back to Tri-Village. It’s been so well received that we’re going to do a full Disability Awareness Day at Tri-Village later this month.”

Although Duff is still considered a new member, she’s got big plans for herself within Aktion Club. Come September, she hopes to run for Aktion Club President.

As we get further into spring and summer, The Kiwanis Aktion Club is certainly keeping busy. At the moment, the club has 55 members, and 14 ongoing service projects.

Recently, Darke County DD had its first spring formal in two years due to COVID. The formal, titled, The Grand Reopening – A Night at the Movies, was hosted by Versailles Christian Church on Saturday, May 7.

Prior to the dance, Your Happy Place, in Greenville, hosted a successful dress swamp for those in need of garments for the event. Free hair and makeup was provided to event attendees by Denise Palevic at Heritage House.

The club is in the middle of their spring candy and nut fundraiser, which lasts to Friday, May 13. It is one of two annual fundraisers that help fund their service projects. For information on their candy and nut fundraiser, contact Houston at sueh@darkedd.org.

Upcoming, The Aktion Club will host two big summer events. The club will host a Block Party at South Park in Greenville on June 24, and a Family Fun Night Out at the Darke DD building in Greenville in July.

For any questions on The Kiwanis Aktion Club, follow the Darke County DD Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DarkeDD. For any questions, email Huston at sueh@darkedd.org.

Duff loved participating in the Darke County Trash Bash. The Aktion Club raised $75 at the event.
Duff also enjoys helping with the Darke County Developmental Disabilities school visits. Recently, Darke DD has visited various county schools to speak to children in grades kindergarten to second grade about inclusion and awareness. Here she is with students from Franklin-Monroe Schools.
Duff is a fairly new member, and has been a member of the Aktion Club for about a year. She was nominated by her peers for her constant willingness to contribute, and to grow the club. 

Abigail Miller / Editor

Abigail Miller is a Greenville native, Kent State graduate, writer, crocheter, shopaholic and friend. Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at amiller@darkecountynow.com.

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