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Liberty Lions Club

Community Claws LEOs Service Club ~ Liberty High School


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.


Liberty Lions Club recognized for 52 years of 100% donations to Texas Lions Camp

The Liberty Lions Club recently received a patch for their banner recognizing 100% club participation in donations to the Texas Lions Camp. The letter acknowledged the club has held this prestigious honor for 52 years consecutively.


Congratulations LEOs Camilla Brady and Daniel Dueñas in Lions 2-S2 Opportunities for Youth Contest

Saturday, April 9, 2016, LEO Club members Camilla Brady and Daniel Duenas competed in the Lions Club Youth Contest for scholarships held in Conroe for Lions District 2-S2.

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!


William Waldrip tells Lions about Lone Star Leadership Academy

11-year-old William Waldrip made a very information presentation to the Liberty Lions Club on his summer trip to the Lone Star Leadership Academy in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The Lions helped sponsor him to attend. William thanked everyone who made his trip possible and explained the camp was to teach, through experience, how leadership traits can connect people for team building and problem solving. The students traveled to see sights for creativity, did exercises together to develop teamwork, sang and dined together. Waldrip is in the Boy Scouts and a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. He is in many honors courses, band (French Horn) and wants to attend the Naval Academy to become a naval aviator and an aerospace engineer.


Keith Ming speaks to Lions on Ag Barn Project

Reprinted from The Vindicator

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.

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