October 11-12, 2024
YMCA Storer Camp
6941 Stony Lake Rd, Jackson, MI 49201 [Google Map]
NEW START TIME: 1pm on Friday, Oct 11
Registration Fee: $35 per attendee
Includes lodging, meals, shirt
Registration Deadline: TBA
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All Aktion Clubs in good standing are invited to participate in our state convention! Plan to attend both days if possible, but all are welcome to attend either day. See below for schedule. For special accommodation needs, contact Amy Urick; we will do everything in our power to ensure all members have the opportunity to participate equally.
- Convention Theme Contest: Submit your theme ideas to Amy Urick; the Governor and Governor-Elect will choose the best three and the winner will be selected by the planning committee.
- Convention Planning Committee: All club advisors are encouraged to join the planning committee. Meetings are held via Zoom.
- Club Service Project Presentations: All clubs will give a 5- to 10-minute presentation on your most recent or favorite service project. Clubs can include scrapbooks, photos, posters, props or examples of your project — limited display space will be provided.
- Leadership Training, presented by Gordon Schleicher: Not just for club officers, all members will benefit.
- Service Project: This year’s service project is yet to be determined. If your club would like to sponsor a project please contact Amy Urick.
- Michigan District Aktion Club Governor: The Governor helps to represent Aktion Clubs in the state by publishing articles in the newsletter and giving speeches to Kiwanis clubs, other groups, and the Michigan Kiwanis Great Lakes Conference. Travel opportunities exist, but are not required. All paid members are eligible. We vote to select our Governor-Elect at each convention, who will serve under the existing Governor for one year and then step up to serve as Governor at the next convention. To be considered, candidates will give a speech or presentation on why they would like to be chosen.
- Talent Show and Contests: Individuals and clubs may share a song, dance, skit or other performance of your choice! Present your submitted Kiwanis International Contest video or speech, or display your scrapbook or poster entries. Participants will vote for Best In Show with a “bean count.” Contest and Show sponsored by the Tri-Cities Aktion Club.
Registration: All participants must submit a registration form prior to the posted deadline — forms may be emailed in advance of payment. Those registering late may attend but will not receive a t-shirt and may not be accommodated for meals or lodging. Payment must be received at or before convention start, please include a copy of registration form(s) when mailing payment. Medical forms must be received at or before convention start. Limited financial aid is available for both club members and advisors/helpers; please contact Amy Urick.
Meals: Our venue provides three meals, Friday dinner to Saturday lunch. [Scroll to menu] All dietary needs will be considered, please include on registration form. Participants may also bring their own snacks or drinks if necessary; the lodge buildings have a kitchenette for participant use.
S’mores and Sundae: Friday evening includes a campfire singalong with s’mores; sugar free marshmallows and gluten free crackers will be provided. We end our convention on Saturday afternoon by sharing a “6-foot long ice cream sundae;” a perennial favorite!
Lodging: Overnight participants will stay in two modern ADA compliant lodges, segregated by gender. Each lodge has toilet/shower rooms, 56 single beds (upper and lower bunks), kitchenette and central common room. [View lodges here]
Include all special needs on registration forms, including wheelchair and lift access, separate accommodations, or lower bunk requirements.
What to Pack: Participants should plan for October weather! Outdoor activities will be moved indoors if necessary. The lodges and main building are modern heated/air conditioned.
- Plan to wear your club t-shirt on Friday and your new convention t-shirt on Saturday.
- Wear your club name tag
- Bring layers in case of cold weather: long sleeve shirt, sweat shirt or sweater, long pants or sweat pants, raincoat or jacket
- Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses for outdoor activities
- Socks and sturdy shoes; flip-flops are convenient for the shower
- Sleepwear, underwear (suggested to pack an extra set)
- Bedding: Sleeping bag or blanket, sheet, fitted sheet, and pillow
- Toiletries: toothbrush & paste, comb/brush, antiperspirant, hygiene products
- Shower supplies: shampoo, soap, towel
- Chargers and/or batteries if needed… Please consider leaving entertainment devices at home!
- Water bottle
- Medications as listed on your medical form. If your medical form lists all med info fully (as it should!) it is most convenient to pack pills in clearly labeled baggies, organized by dosing needs.
Convention Schedule at a Glance
Friday, 1pm start time:
Registration and Field Games; lodges will not be available at this time
Leadership and Officer Training
Club Service Project Presentations
Moving into Lodges
Dinner, 5:00 – 6:00pm
Campfire with S’mores
Dance and Advisor Meeting
Breakfast, 8:00 – 9:00am
Lunch, 12:00 – 1:00pm
6-Foot-Long Ice Cream Sundae
Meal and Snack Menu
Dinner — TBD
Campfire — s’mores, including sugar free and gluten free options
Dance — fruit snack
Breakfast — TBD
Lunch — TBD
Ice Cream Sundae — ice cream, bananas, no-sugar chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, and butterscotch syrup.