Kiwanis Luncheon discusses Heart Health Awareness Month


GREENVILLE – The Kiwanis Luncheon gave an update on the Aktion club and heard a presentation by Lauren Henry from Wayne HealthCare Foundation. 

Starting the Kiwanis Luncheon was the announcement of new patches for Kiwanis Members to show they are a sponsor of the Key Club.

Following this, they had an update with Sue Huston, Community Connections & Advocacy Coordinator at Darke County Developmental Disabilities, about the Aktion Club.

Through February, the Aktion club is doing a food drive. Aktion Club’s leadership will meet with Key Club’s leadership to plan how to continue getting donations. They will be giving the donations to Fish Choice Pantry and Union City Help Center.

The Aktion club is also getting a new sign on Ohio Street.

“Tonya had noticed that on Ohio Street, there is an old adopt-a-street sign that still says Wayne Industries,” Huston said. “We didn’t even really know it was there, so we called the city and they will be putting a Greenville Kiwanis Aktion Club sign in its place.”

Along with participating in Trash Bash, the Aktion Club is also adopting two new streets to pick up trash on. They will be adopting Ohio Street and Kruckeburg Road and will be picking up trash at least monthly.

Aktion Club will also host a Karaoke Dance Party on February 23 from 6 – 8 pm. The $5 entry includes a hot dog, chips, and a drink. The event is to benefit BINGO with Moe.

After the Aktion Club update, Lauren Henry, Executive Director at the Wayne HealthCare Foundation, gave a presentation about Heart Health Awareness Month and Pump Month.

Along with sharing what Wayne HealthCare can provide and the events they have coming up, Henry also discussed how Heart Health Awareness Month is to help spread information on heart health and push for preventative testing.

Henry then discussed the Bob Menke Heartwise Initiative. After Bob Menke tragically passed away due to an unknown heart blockage, his family honors him by educating others about the importance of heart health.

This year, the Menke family has been working with the Wayne HealthCare Foundation to create funding in Bob’s memory. The Bob Menke Heartwise Initiative matches community donations.

The Kiwanis moved to make a $100 donation to the Bob Mende Heartwise Initiative.