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.
Camilla won 1st Place in the Outstanding Youth Contest and will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Camilla was judged on her 750-word essay, her Curriculum Vitae, grade point average, her community service and leadership and an interview with the judges. She will be going to the State Contest in May in Midland to compete for another scholarship.
Daniel Dueñas competed in the Drug Awareness Contest which consisted of a speech on the "The Socio-Economic Effects of Marijuana Decriminalization."
Daniel won 2nd place and a scholarship of $500.
Congratulations Camilla and Daniel!]]>
Liberty High School Ag Department Director Keith Ming updated the Liberty Lions Club Monday evening, Oct. 19, on the new Ag Barn which will help the high school meet House Bill 5 requirements. The 100'x100' barn was made possible by many donations, including Boomerang Tube (who donated all the pipe for the framework), Coburn Supply, Liberty Pest Control, Cooper Electric, the Ag Booster Club (who raised about $20,000 in a golf tournament last year), and many individuals. Ming said, "The only thing the school district will have to pay is a water bill and an electric bill. ... When the kids do well, it makes us feel good." Ming has led the Ag department for 32 years. The Ag Department has 215 students this year. The new Ag Barn will house 15 pens for hogs, six permanent cattle pens, six more if needed, seven to eight pens for goats and labs, a squeeze chute and scale, as well as an office. The welding classes are doing all the interior welding work.
Ming plans to have an Advanced Animal Science Class, which required 40% of the student's time spent in a lab setting. They will also offer a Plant Science Class in their 20'x40' greenhouse.
Ming says because many kids live in town and do not have space to raise an animal, the new barn will serve them well.
Ming says students can begin studying in the barn with small animals by Christmas.
Large animals can be in the barn by the fall of 2016, just in time for the next TVE Fair & Rodeo.
A security system donation has been committed by Rachel Odell, President of the J. C. Burnham Foundation.
Ming said Cooper Electric is donating all the labor and letting the school buy at cost for parts. Electrical work inside remains to be done.
The Liberty Lions donated $1000 toward the barn Monday evening.
Keith Ming is married to his wife, Robin, and they have two sons, Cody and Kyle.]]>
David Brohawn, Eagle Scout Candidate with Dayton's Troop 8, told the Liberty Lions about his Eagle Scout project Monday evening. He is a senior at Liberty High School and participates in band, football and scouts. He is planning a 24'x24' construction cross formation of a walkway to surround the Liberty High School flagpole to honor fallen veterans who attended LHS.
The construction includes a granite bench under a shade tree on one side and a bird bath on the other. There will be a plaque to honor Liberty High School students who served in the military and died in service to their country.
His deadline for the project is Nov. 2. He is trying to complete the project before his eighteenth birthday to meet the Eagle Scout project guidelines of the scouts.
The Liberty Lions Club donated $300 toward his project. If anyone else would like to donate, please contact David Brohawn at 281-875-5909. Checks should be made out to his mother, Joan Brown.]]>
The Liberty Lions Club displays the American flag and/or the Texas flag at homes and businesses six times a year: Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Patriot Day and Veterans Day. For $35 per year, per flag, you can share in the beauty of patriotism across the community. Call Lion Jody Regen at 936-336-7311 or 936-336-6211 to reserve flag delivery.]]>
John Vinson passed away peacefully at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital Thurs., July 9, 2015 surrounded by his family.
John gave a beautiful gift as his final act by donating his body to science as a whole body donor.
This is not surprising since John was a very giving person.
He always wore a smile, always tried to inspire others and gave of himself in many ways including the Liberty Lions Club.
He spoke to recent Liberty Lions Club scholarship recipients June 29 about his own experience receiving a Lions Club $500 scholarship many years ago as he entered Rice University.
He was a hard worker and a true giver.
He will be missed by many.
There will be no visitation or memorial service, but if you would like to post your comments about John Vinson as you remember him, please do online at thevindicator.com or on facebook.
Rest in peace, Lion John.]]>
By Robert Schaadt, Feature Writer & Archivist
In the 2013-2014 Lions Club year, Dianne Miller was elected the 2nd Vice President of the Liberty Lions Club. Monday evening, June 29, 2015, she was honored by being named the first woman president of the Liberty Lions Club. She was recognized for her many years of community service.
In addition to serving in the Liberty Lions Club, Lion Dianne Miller was a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children (a CASA volunteer). She is a Master Gardener, a member of the local chapter Daughters of The Republic of Texas (DRT), a genealogy enthusiast, and she allowed her children to keep just about any pet at home that the law allowed.
She was, for many years, an independent sales consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics, and owned a specialty cake baking business.
While working at Allison Funeral Service, she ran the Alzheimer's Support Group.
If Lion Dianne ever wanted to know more about something, she would spend hours at the Liberty Municipal Library checking out books, or she would locate a class in which she could enroll.
Lion Dianne and her husband, Lion Brooks Miller are lifelong members of First Baptist Church. She served on a committee that organized and provided meals at the church to bereaved families after funerals. Lion Dianne was also in The Lost Arts Knitting Club.
Her daughter, Amy Waller, said, "Mom and Dad had a flag route and would help others who needed help with their routes. My brother, Craig, and I, as well as my three girls, helped put out flags with them. They helped at the football concession stand too."
Lion Dianne had to curtail her activities to health issues and therefore served as Honorary Lion President for one day.
This extraordinary honor was given in recognition of her devoted Lionism and extensive service to the community.
Lion District Governor Chris Moorman and Lion President Jim Kerr provided congratulations and their best wishes to fellow Lion Dianne.
She attended the meeting with her daughter, Amy and fellow Lion and Past President Brooks.
The Millers are the only couple who now have the distinction of both having served as Past Presidents in the Liberty Lions Club. Congratulations Lion Dianne!]]>