LIONS CORNER: April is Leo Awareness Month

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 23:39

Want a chance to have fun with friends, and make new ones? Have an opportunity to make your community a better place?

Alpha Leo Clubs are for young people just like you: active, social and fun. You can develop leadership skills, serve your community and, more than anything, and have a good time. If this sounds like your kind of adventure, the next step is up to you.

Alpha Leos are 12 to 18 years old. Lions are making a positive impact on the next generation of leaders by serving as mentors and motivators through the Leo Club Program. This April, Lions are encouraged to raise awareness of Leo clubs and share information about this important youth development program during Leo Club Awareness Month.

Get involved by sponsoring an Alpha Leo club, organizing a joint service project with Leos, or including Leos in any special events planned for Family and Friends Month. As an integral part of the Lions family, Leos will appreciate the recognition and support they receive from Lions.

Spread the word about the Leo Club Program. Work with your Leo clubs, advisors, districts, or multiple districts to organize a joint Leo-Lion community service project.

Start a tree planning project, repair a playground or organize a recycling program. Locally, we have the Bear Mountain Leos. They are busy in the Chugiak-Eagle River community having fun and serving their community.

A few of their projects during the last year were: vision screening at local health fairs and the Alaska State Fair, organizing Thanksgiving baskets for 25 families, the annual Tree of Giving, participating in the local Relay For Life, medical fundraisers, the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Eagle River Lions Park, prepared Easter Baskets for ARCH home (a drug and rehabilitation home for children 13-18), annual scholarship fundraisers; working various community event fundraisers.

The Leos made up 100 bags that included food items, gloves, socks and hand warmers given to the Brother Francis Shelter.

Some of the Leos’ projects are related to environmental awareness such as collecting eyeglasses and ink cartridges from various areas around the community to be recycled each month.

This Leo Club has distinguished itself by receiving the International Lions Club Excellence Award, the Alaska District Governor’s Club of the Year and President’s awards. Their projects helped not only our community but troops overseas benefiting over 25,000 people. They are always willing to help others in need by being aware of where our community needs help.

What does LEO stand for? LEADERSHIP: Develop your skills as a project organizer, time manager and team leader. EXPERIENCE: Discover how teamwork and cooperation can bring exciting changes to your community. OPPORTUNITY: Make friends and feel the rewards of community service.

Recent Leo club projects from around the world include: Collecting clothes for children in need; repairing a playground; visiting children in the hospital; traising funds for the homeless.

If you would like to become a Bear Mountain Leo, or find out more about their community activities, please contact either myself at 242-1129 or Lion Bonnie at 227-1111.

Find us on facebook @ Bear Mountain Leos. If you would like to learn more about lions visit www.lionsclub.com, www.sleepingladylions.org, or www.eagleriverlions.com.

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