September 29-30, 2023
Rock Lake Christian Assembly Camp
7389 Vestaburg Road; Vestaburg MI 48891 [Google Map]
[Google Map to Lodges]
Registration Fee: $35 per attendee
Includes lodging, meals, shirt
Registration Deadline: August 15
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.
There are several opportunities for clubs and individuals to “find your star!”
- Club Service Project Presentations: All clubs are encouraged to 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 from learning how “I Can” lead.
- Service Project: This year’s project is making cereal butterflies for donation to a food pantry. Clubs may choose to take their cereal butterflies home to donate, or the Jackson Club will collect them for donation. If your club would like to sponsor next year’s project please contact Amy Urick.
- Michigan District Aktion Club Governor and Governor-Elect: 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 not required. All paid members are eligible. To be considered, candidates will give a speech or presentation on why they would like to be chosen. All participants will vote for their 2023-24 Governor, the runner-up will serve as the Governor-Elect.
- Talent Show, sponsored by the Tri-Cities Aktion Club: 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.”
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 prior to September 29, please include a copy of registration form(s) with payment. Medical forms must be received on or before September 29. Limited financial aid is available for both club members and advisors/helpers; please contact Amy Urick.
Meals: Our venue provides four meals, Friday lunch 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 with refrigerator 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 two toilet/shower rooms, 48 single beds (upper and lower bunks), kitchenette and central common room. [View lodges here] Each bunk room can accommodate one single bed with no overhead bunk; request must be on registration form.
The Lodges are located 0.4 mile from the auditorium building on a private camp road, time is included in the event schedule for walking or driving between locations.
Limited additional overnight lodging is available in cottages located near the auditorium building; please contact Amy Urick to request a cottage by July 24.
What to Pack: Participants should plan for late-September weather! Outdoor activities will be moved indoors if necessary. The lodges are modern heated/air conditioned, but the auditorium is an older camp building.
- Plan to wear your club t-shirt on Friday and your new convention t-shirt on Saturday.
- Wear your club name tag
- The “dunk chair” game will return, weather permitting! If you want to get wet, pack a change of clothes for Friday!
- 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
Registration at the Lodges, starting at 9:30am
Activities at the Lodges before heading over to the Auditorium
Lunch, 11:45am – 12:45pm
Club Service Project Presentations
Games at the Field Pavilion
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
Lunch — tacos/nachos, salad bar
Dinner — grilled chicken or pork chop, roasted potatoes and veggies, bread roll, salad bar, brownies and ice cream
Campfire — s’mores, including sugar free and gluten free options
Dance — fruit snack
Breakfast — waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit and yogurt, oatmeal and cold cereal
Lunch — orange chicken, rice, broccoli, salad bar
Ice Cream Sundae — ice cream, bananas, no-sugar chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, and butterscotch syrup.