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Front row: the new LEO's members
Back Row L-R: Lions President Henry VanBroekhoven, Jim Colautti and Rick Nemett

On Tuesday, February 18th, the newly formed Port Stanley and District Leo Club was chartered. Sponsored by the Port Stanley Lions Club, the ceremony was held in a St Thomas restaurant. Lion Bob Nemett, the M.C for the ceremony, introduced many distinguished guests who were there to lend support and bring good wishes. Included were Lions District A1 Governor Bob Tanner, Central Elgin Mayor Bill Walters, County of Elgin Warden Dave Marr, Lions Zone Chairman Ron Reid, and many other visiting guests.

The stated purpose of Leo clubs are to promote service activities among the youth of the community, which will develop individual qualities of Leadership, Experience and Opportunity. To unite its members in friendship, fellowship and mutual understanding. LEO clubs are composed of young people of good character, who are members of the local community with an age range between 12 and 18 years old.

Many gifts were presented to the new club, including a Club Banner, Flag and Gavel. The LEO clubs first charter President, Leo Jaime McAdams, gave a gracious speech of acceptance on behalf of her club, and gave special praise to Lions President Henry VanBroekehoven, Lion Rick Nemett and Lion Jim Colautti, for their help and guidance in helping to form the new club.

Zone Chainman Lion Ron Reid, inducted LEO's Julia, Nicole and Lucas Amodeo, Jack Collins, Megan Fleming, Rebecca Laemers, Jaimie McAdams, Amanda Simpson, Christine Timmons, Dorothy and Destiny VanBroekhoven as charter members. District Governor Lion Bob Tanner installed LEO Jaime McAdams as President, LEO Dorothy VanBroekhoven as Vice President, LEO Rebecca Laemers as Treasurer and LEO Amanda Simpson as Secretary.

The new LEO club meets on the First and Third Thursday of each month, at the St Joseph's High School Library in St Thomas, and is actively trying to recruit new members from the Port Stanley, St Thomas and area communities. For more information please go to their Facebook page Port Stanley District Leo's Club, or speak with any LEO, Port Stanley Lion or Lioness member.

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