By Grayson Thomas, Georgia Barone, and Sierra Tucker
It has been a busy year for the Lyons Lions LEO Club, our community’s first teen-run civic organization which operates under the Lions Club International. Our mission is to encourage youth involvement in the community by providing leadership and teamwork experiences through volunteer opportunities. On average we have 12 to 15 youth attending our meetings and 15 to 20 attending our service projects. Here are a few of our latest endeavors.
Our two largest projects to date involved snow removal, fire mitigation, and yard clean up for a local resident. A major snow storm blew in the day of our first project, so we changed from weeding to snow removal working side by side with Ameri Corp volunteers. Three hours on site resulted in over 45 person-hours. We then returned later with that month with 15 students from Colorado State University’s Rotaract Club, an international volunteer and leadership program at the collegiate level, sponsored by the Rotary Club. These college rotarians drove down to Lyons from Ft. Collins in order to aid the LEO members, not only in work, but also in advice. They shared their experiences about college and future goals with the members, while exemplifying a worthwhile college experience. The two clubs mixed and formed groups to tackle jobs such as brush clearing, waste disposal, and general yard maintenance.
Sophomore LEO club member and Jr Vice President, Owen Grace commented, “It was a great opportunity to serve the community and meet others who have the same passion for helping others.” Five hours of LEO and Rotaract cooperation translated into an estimated 120 person-hours and a very thankful resident. The day ended with a superb lunch sponsored by Lyons Volunteers and Smokin Daves and a productive day of partnership. Various LEO members continue to be active at the Lyons Depot Library for drop-in volunteering and LEOs and anyone interested in helping the library are encouraged to stop by.
Upcoming volunteer projects for May and June include: Mother Hubbard Fundraiser, Saturday, May 7th 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; LEO Club Meeting and Election of Officers, Tuesday, May 31st; Landscaping for Loveland Habitat for Humanity, Thursday, June 2nd; Flood Clean Up and LEO Club Picnic sponsored by Terry Parrish and Parrish Ranch - Sunday, June 5th - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the Lyons Film Festival Friday June 3rd-Sunday 5th; and the LCF Hometown Hoedown, June 19th. We have tons of fun while making difference and are always seeking new members. The Lyons LEO Club is sponsored by our local Lyons Lions Club and is open to youth who are high school freshmen thru age 18 years. We welcome anyone with a desire to help others and benefit the greater community. If you’re interested in becoming a member contact one of our members or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.