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A new club for students looking to help out the community is soon to start. The Leo Club is a program that will help students at Cactus Canyon volunteer and do more for their community. The Leo Club is an international program that takes place in different countries around the world.
Leo Clubs are set up by sponsors in the father-program, the Lions Club. A Leo Club has two parts, Alpha and Omega. The Alpha Leos range from ages 12 to 18 and the Omega ages range from 18 to 30. From the Omega, if the Leo decides to continue, he or she will join the Lions Club.
“I think it will be a good experience for the members, and it is definitely a good idea,” eighth grader, Brandon Lofgreen said.
The Lions Club sponsors are mainly looking for students who genuinely want to make a difference in their community. Leo stands for leadership, experience, and opportunity. This means that members are able to develop different leadership skills, know how to cooperate and input ideas for your community, and can understand the rewarding feeling of serving your community.
“They can help collect donations for a specific groups in our local community,” said co-sponsor Jason Gibson. “A person can volunteer to help kids or elderly people…at the library, a church, or maybe a community event or center, like the Multigenerational Center.”
Other projects that the Leo Club will be participating in are things like soup kitchens, repairing library books, clean ups, and raising money. The club also contributes to organizations like Project HELP, a food drive, and Camp Tatiyee, which is a 100 percent free camp for children and young adults with special needs.
“The Leo Club is open to anyone who really wants to improve their community and help others,” Lions Club member Mike Weaver said. “It’s an opportunity for students to learn leadership and service for others.”
Members of the club have an option of moving up from the junior high to participating in a Leo Club in the high school where they could have a chance to gain a scholarship, go to a good college, and get a job. Weaver said the program is both long- and short-term. Short because students get the satisfaction of helping others and long because of the many opportunities that it can lead club members to.
“Volunteering builds character and a sense of community,” Gibson said. “Giving back to your community through service-centered activities allows for a person to grow inwardly.”
Since the starting of Leo Clubs, over 50 years ago, they have expanded to over 152,000 members in 138 countries all over the globe. To learn more about the Leo Club, visit the website at leoclubs.org, or like the Facebook page.
“Whenever you work hard as a volunteer you get a real and gratifying memory that helps to anchor yourself as a member of society; a real contributor,” Gibson said.