The Tampa area welcomed another Leo Club into the International Association of Lions Clubs and Kansas Lions District K-6.
The Centre Leo Club Organizational Night Celebration was held April 28 at the Tampa Senior Center with about 75 Leos, Lions and guests in attendance. Leo Clubs are a project of Lions Clubs International and must be sponsored by a Lions club or clubs.
Jim Clemmer, president of the sponsoring Tampa Lions Club, served as master of ceremonies. Speaker Tom Cooney, Leo chair of District K-6 and of Kansas Lions, shared the history of Leo Clubs and current Leo activities in the state.
He challenged the new Centre Leo Club to continue the example of community service they have already begun.
Members were initiated by past council chair Elfrieda Funk with club advisers Mickey Lundy and Chris Costello presenting the Leo pins and certificates. Lions zone chair JayAnn Schneider presided over the signing of the certificate of organization. District K-6 Governor Jim Ketron installed the new officers.
Cash donations were given to the new club by various clubs and individuals to help them get started.
The Centre Leo Club meets twice monthly at Centre High School. They have already initiated several projects. At Christmas they collected and delivered toys for several families. Currently, they are tutoring elementary school children and collecting pop-can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.
Centre Leo Club members are Amanda Kleiber, president; Angela Ruck, vice-president; Katherine Kohman, secretary; and Kristin Mueller, treasurer.
Board members are Roberta Brubaker; Matthew Kopietz; Gavin Shields; Lisa Antlszyk; Dana Beltz; Jimmie Cheever, communications; Andrea Kleiber; Trichia. Pauls; Cecelia Rziha and Stacy Terwilliger.