The Leo Club is all about one thing: community service. The club falls under the Lion’s Club umbrella, but is specifically for 12-18 year olds who want to help out in the Golden community. The club has experienced a drop in membership in the past few years and is looking for new, service-minded youth to come out and join the club.
The Leo’s have been a club since 1984. They originally co-sponsored the Town of Golden holiday parties (Christmas, Halloween, etc) and now help out at these events in any way that they can.
GSS Grade 10 student McKenna McGregor is the current president of the Leo Club. She got involved over five years ago when her mom was on the Lion’s executive committee.
McKenna explained that the Leos have also assisted children with special needs in the community (helping to buy booster seats, etc), helped with the annual Lion’s duck race and all the pancake breakfasts and help contribute funds to high school international trips, among a list of other things. Every year the club gives a bursary to a graduating Leo.
In the future, the club hopes to focus on snow removal for community members who don’t have the resources to do it themselves and seasonal yard clean-ups. Members also often have the opportunity to attend Lion’s conferences, which take place in Washington, Idaho and B.C.
“It’s all about involving youth in community service,” said Orlando Pecora, President of the Golden and District Lions Club “We find that the best members come when they’re younger and become really committed to the club.”
The Leo Club meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm at the Lion’s Den, below the Public Library. Those interested in joining can show up to any meeting or contact McKenna at 250-344-4620.