12 Hillsboro Leo members attend international Lions convention

Twelve members of the Hillsboro Leo Club were among the 13,000 Lions and Leos from 100 countries attended the 89th International Lions Convention in Boston earlier this month.

Leos is a youth service organization sponsored by the Lions Club.

Tonja Wienck, state Leo chair and advisor for the Hillsboro Leo club, organized the entire trip that took 25 Kansas Leos to the convention.

“This is the fourth time Hillsboro Leos have traveled to an international convention,” Wienck said. “It is a great opportunity to travel to places we might not get to go otherwise.”

Last school year, the Leos did several projects to raise funds to attend the convention.

“We helped Lions with many projects, had a taco bar at a basketball game in February, sold hamburgers at the farmers market, and even worked for Lions clubs in other towns, who in turn made contributions,” Wienck said.

She added that funding was made available from the two local Lions clubs and district and state organizations.

In Boston, the Leos enjoyed visiting several historical attractions, marching in the International Lions Parade, meeting incoming International Lions President Jimmy Ross of Texas, pin trading, and assembling Braille books for sight-impaired children.

Those attending from Hillsboro were incoming college freshmen Meredith Kliewer and Jenny Terrell; high school juniors Matthew Brown, Kayla Letterman, David Vogel, Caitlin Reimer; sophomores Lonnie Benda, Viktoria Bichet, Kim Spencer, Rebecca Pankratz; eighth-grader James Letterman and seventh-grader Evan Wienck.

Sponsors from Hillsboro included Elfrieda and Marvin Funk, Tonja and David Wienck and Tina Letterman.

The Hillsboro club is planning to attend next year’s convention in Chicago, Ill.

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