The Block Island Times

Block Island Leo Club formed for young adults

By Stephanie Turaj | Mar 11, 2013

A new opportunity is now available for young adults on the island.

The Block Island Lions Club has announced the formation of the Block Island Leo Club, a service organization for students ages 12 through 18, which is now accepting applications.

Leos can participate in Lions Club fundraisers and will also plan their own events. They will receive certificates of volunteer service hours for participating.

“The idea is that the kids structure what they’re doing,” said Lions member Molly O’Neill. “We thought it would be something constructive for them to do.”

Currently, the Lions Club is planning its annual Saint Patrick’s Day corned beef dinner, to be held at Yellow Kittens on Saturday, March 16, and Leos are welcome to help out.

The Lions will manage the funds for the Leo Club — so the young adults won’t have the pressure of managing money — but the new group will otherwise operate separately, with its own officers such as a president and vice-president. It is an official group under the umbrella organization, Lions Club International.

Meetings may be monthly, with no summer meetings, but O’Neill said it’s really up to the group to decide.

“The agenda of the Leo Club is member driven,” said O’Neill. “They elect their own officers and decide which projects to take on or participate in.”

Lions member Gail Hall explained that the Lions Club will help the young group get on its feet by assisting with fundraising activities.

“We don’t want to intimidate them,” said Hall, “It’s going to be fun.”

Please contact Molly O’Neill, (401) 440-8771 or Gail Hall, (401) 741-7001 or stop by Ballard Hall Real Estate to pick up an application. The application fee is $5.

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