South Milwaukee Leos

LEO NEWS

Check out some of the fun things we’ve been up to recently that serve the community!

March 2016

Thanks to the SM Lions and Friends of the Mill Pond for allowing us to volunteer at their Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Hope everyone had a fantastic Easter!

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February 2016

Thank you to all who came out to our free showing of “Inside Out” at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. We are thankful to be able to partner with this organization to provide free, family-friendly movie showings for the South Milwaukee community to enjoy. Proceeds from our bake sale at the event were donated to South Milwaukee Human Concerns.

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January 2016 – 27-A1 Lions District Convention: We were provided an amazing opportunity to meet Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada, International President of Lions Clubs, International, at the Southeastern Wisconsin (27-A1) Lions District Convention. We also got to learn about several programs that Lions support, donated funds to Leader Dogs for the Blind, B.O.L.D., and Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin, and enjoyed several hours in the water park.

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December 2015 and January 2016

We helped serve dinner by “running the floor” at St. Ben’s Community Meal in downtown Milwaukee, serving coffee/milk, distributing hot sauce and cleaning/re-setting tables.

We also helped run a 50/50 raffle and bucket raffle and helped set up everything for a personal fundraiser for a South Milwaukee resident in need of help paying medical bills for cancer treatment.

During our Winter Break, we donated a few hours of our time to help at South Milwaukee Human Concerns. We organized and tidied up the entire clothing area, cleaned floors and glass countertops, sorted through board games and helped stock the pantry with fresh food donations!

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ABOUT THE SOUTH MILWAUKEE LEOS

The South Milwaukee Leos Club started forming in fall of 2011 and was officially chartered in May 2012 during a particularly special 75th Anniversary year for the South Milwaukee Lions. The South Milwaukee Leo Club is a volunteer service club open to high school and middle school age-teens. Students who graduate and move on to college within the Milwaukee area are welcomed to stay involved in SM Leos as available. A membership application and photo release form must be signed by both the teen participant and parent/guardian (if under 18) to be in SM Leos; there is a one-time joining fee of $5. Our meetings are held every other Tuesday of the month in Mrs. Braier’s room at South Milwaukee High School, 3 pm. Please contact smleos75@gmail.com for more information.

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LEO CLUB HISTORY

The concept of Leos Clubs began in 1957 with the first club started by baseball Coach Jim Graver at Abington High School, Pennsylvania. The original acronym and motto for Leos was “Leadership, Equality, Opportunity”, and has since then been changed to “Leadership, Experience, Opportunity”.  Leo Clubs were officially included as part of Lions Club International ten years later in 1967. The purpose of the program is to have youth serving their community with potential for development of leadership skills. Officer positions within the club include President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer.