If you have noticed some young people picking up trash and sweeping grass off the sidewalk around the Vandalia Statehouse, you saw members of the Vandalia Leo Club. This service to our community was suggested to the Vandalia Lions Club by the mayor, Ricky Gottman, when he spoke at one of their meetings.
What is the Leo Club ?
The Leo Club is a service club sponsored by the Vandalia Lions Club for students in grades sixth, seventh and eighth. It is an opportunity for these students to learn leadership skills, community needs and service, fulfillment skills, people skills, humanity skills, self-respect and confidence,
Not only does it benefit the students, preparing them for the future, it also benefits the community.
The club meets twice a month, on the first and third Mondays, after school. Since the eighth-graders have moved on to high school, they are looking for new students to fill their membership.
It is a great opportunity for these students to learn about people of many different ages and, therefore, to understand others’ needs and motivations.
Their advisers are Mandie Austin, an eighth-grade teacher, and Emma Sue Rabe, a retired teacher. They also have two other advisers, Lions John Dotray and Bill Haselhorst.
This past spring, the Leos have raised money to be sent to the Leader Dogs, an association that trains dogs assist blind individuals.
Leader Dog Association was started by the Lions in 1937 in Rochester, Mich. Dogs are free to people in need; just call a Lion or Leo member and it can be arranged.
Since they are sponsored by the Vandalia Lions Club, the Leos also help collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids, and they helped the Lions with a food drive for the 6:35 Pantry.