Reprinted from The Vindicator
Since the Community Claws LEOs Club was formed in 2015 (chartered by the Liberty Lions Club, District 2-S2), the LEOs have never stopped moving to provide service to the community.
In December 2015, they provided face painting at Country Christmas at Liberty Center and at the Elks Lodge for the Jingle Bell Ball.
They also wrapped Christmas gifts for the guests of the Jingle Bell Ball.
LEOs sold hot dogs, nacho cheese chips, Gatorade and cokes at Liberty High School to raise club funds.
Club President Sara Reiss designed their club shirts shown here.
Their 2016 calendar of events has kept the same pace.
They gathered donations of personal hygiene items to make care packages for the homeless.
Not only did they deliver the care packages, but they traveled to “Some Other Place” shelter volunteering to prepare and serve meals to the homeless. This was s life-changing experience for many of them, as they relayed their story to the Liberty Lions Club later.
LEOs have volunteered to help clean up Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, working along side their Rotary Interact Counterparts. The LEOs volunteered at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life April 1 and they have organized an inaugural basketball tournament for May 13 to help raise cancer treament funds for fellow classmate and cancer patient Senior Reid Williams, who is battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
The LEOs will be cleaning up Crystal Beach when this paper is published April 21, another joint service project with Interact.
May 16, they will participate in Spirit Horse Volunteer Day and celebrate with an End of Year Lunch.
The LEOs also plan to help at the Texas Lions Camp this summer.
Whenever there is a fifth Monday in a month, the LEOs and their parents are the special guests of the Liberty Lions Club and meet with them at Liberty Center in the evening to report on recent LEO activities.
The Liberty Lions Club is extremely proud of the work the LEOs are doing. These students should be an example to us all. They think up priceless service activities, jump in to make them happen and join forces with other service clubs to create synergy of service.
Thank you to the leadership team of the LEOs and all the LEOs for making the club’s first year a great success! Bravo LEOs.
Leo Club Objective
To provide the youth of the world with an opportunity for development and contribution, individually and collectively, as responsible members of the local, national and international community.
Leo Club Motto
Leadership – Develop skills as a project organizer, time manager and team leader.
Experience – Learn how teamwork, cooperation and collaboration can bring exciting changes to your community and the world.
Opportunity – Make friends and feel the rewards of community service.
Leo Club History
Coach Jim Graver started the Leo ball rolling in 1957 and chances are that ball was a baseball. Graver was the baseball coach of the Abington High School in Pennsylvania, USA and an active member of the Glenside Lions Club. With help from his fellow Lion, William Ernst, the first Leo club was charted on December 5, 1957.
As the world’s first Leo club, the Abington High School Leo Club created the Leo acronym – Leadership, Equality, Opportunity – and chose their school colors, maroon and gold to serve as the Leo club colors. Later, Equality was changed to Experience.
In October 1967, the board of directors of Lions Clubs International adopted the Leo Club Program as an official program of the association.
The Leo Club Program has continued to grow within the last 50 years. Leos now constitute an international network of over 6,500 clubs in over 140 countries. Community service remains the cornerstone of the program, fostering a lifetime commitment to helping others. Like their Lion counterparts, Leo club members enjoy serving their neighbors and watching positive results unfold.
L-R standing: LEO Faculty Advisor Janie Prather, LEO Jacqueline Garcia, LEO De’Asia Thibodeaux, LEO Board Member Kaylyn Erskins, LEO Board Member Cate Moorman, LEO Secretary Camilla Brady, LEO Bhavin Patel, LEO Vice President Daniel Dueñas, LEO Christopher Flores, LEO Treasurer Carlos Becerra, LEO Destiny Brewer, LEO Board Member Erica Morin, LEO Jessica Villegas, LEO Cintia Martinez, LEO Paige Nugent, Deaf Education Instructor Melissa Starr, LEO Nidhi Patel, and Deaf Education Interpreter Jennifer Jeffery. Seated L-R: LEO Kayla Yeo, LEO Club President Sara Reiss and LEO Ashley Garza. Not pictured: Liberty Lions Club Liaison to the LEOs Miguel Sierra.