The Aktion Club of Elmira NY

is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Elmira NY. and is the first and, so far, only Aktion Club of the Southern Tier and Chemung County New York.

The mission of an Aktion Club is:
  • To provide adults with disabilities an opportunity to develop initiative and leadership skills.

  • To serve their community.

  • To be integrated into society.

  • To demonstrate the dignity and value of citizens living with disabilities.
Aktion Club members strive to return to their communities the benefits, help, and caring they have received, as well as develop important skills in the process.

An Aktion Club can benefit its members in many ways through service and recreational events.

These activities enable the members to:

  • Participate in the active life of the community.

  • Provide an opportunity to contribute to the community.

  • Develop mechanical, creative, and intellectual abilities.

  • Social interaction awareness.

  • Improve self-esteem.

  • Develop leadership skills.

  • Achieve personal and service goals.
See the information from the Kiwanis Aktion Club International web site:  for more information about the goals of a local and/or regional Aktion Club.

Board of Directors:     


Tyrone B.
Vice President

Ashley M.

Stacy B.

Paul W.
Board Member

Anna D.
Board Member

Board Member

Board Member


Advisers are:

Chemung ARC -

Britt Woodhouse
Able2 -

none at this time
Finger Lakes DDSO -

Ron Tunison
Elmira Kiwanis Club -

Ron Tunison

Contact us at:

      Ron Tunison
        607-734-6135, ext. 48

      Ron Tunison,
        Finger Lakes DDSO
        Building 5,
        163 Sullivan Street,
        Elmira, NY 14901

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These are the current, and past, logos for the Aktion Club International organization.

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The First Meetings:

Aktion Club of Elmira NY is a member of the Sponsored Organizations and Programs at Kiwanis International. Aktion Club is a community-service group for adult citizens who live with a disability. The Aktion Club of Elmira NY is based in the Chemung District of Kiwanis International and of the first in this district.

On April 18 2007, the first meeting of the Elmira Kiwanis opened to the public to invite them as potential members to the newly forming area Aktion Club. During the next few meetings, we discussed what the idea and mission of an Aktion Club could do for its members, and what the members could do for the organization as well. In June of 2007 we elected board members and initiated the process of creating by-laws. Then on our meeting of July 18 2007, we had everything we needed to complete our charting process and its paperwork.

The Meetings Dates:

The Members' Meeting is on the 3
rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.This is the General Member's Meetings and the general public is invited.

This meeting is at the Trinity Episcopal Church on the Corner of Church and N. Main Streets(304 North Main St.) in Elmira, NY. The parking lot entrance is on W1st. Street.

The Board Meeting is on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting is held at the Finger Lakes DDSO [Building 5, 163 Sullivan Street, Elmira, NY]

The Chartering Dinner:

On October 11 2007 the Aktion Club of Elmira was officially chartered. By that date, we had about 40 charter members. We celebrated the completion of the charting process with a dinner at Hill Top Inn, where Mayor John S. Tonello declared that date to be known as Aktion Club of Elmira Day. Our celebration including members from Aktion Club of Elmira, Elmira Kiwanis, Sponsoring Agencies, plus some guests. The room was packed and we had a good time.

The Web Site:

On July 3 2007 our first temporary web site was created by one of our charter members. He also is our webmaster and hosts the web site using his account on a major hosting company. At out July meeting we decided upon a domain name for our web site and then our webmaster ordered it from one of the best domain registry companies. This allowed us to have our web site up and running as AktionClub-Elmira.Org during the first week of August 2007 - before we were officially Chartered. This site is still being redesigned over the years, and may/will have errors, including grammar and spelling mistakes as it evolves. Our current webmaster has a "condition" called Dyslexia which makes such errors and mistakes harder to find.


The Aktion Club of Elmira has participated in the Memory Walk, now called the "Walk to End Alzheimer's"

Please click on the below link to find out more about Alzheimer's, and how to help those suffering with Alzheimer's and their families.

The stats for the number of people who develop this illness is as follows:

          60-69 years old  - 30% . . . .
          70-79 years old  - 40% . . . .
          80+    years old  - 50% . . . .

of American that suffer with Alzheimer's.

We have raised money to give to the needed support of  those families who has a member with Alzheimerís. 

We have a Charter member with Alzheimer's - the wife of another Charter member.

This webmaster has receive a  free aide service to help with the care of his wife, while she was still at home. She is now in the "end stage" of Alzheimer's, requiring her to be in a nursing facility.