New Cumberland Lions hear idea to start Leo Clubs at Oak Glen schools

NEW LION — Patty Burgess recently became a new member of the New Cumberland Lions Club and was sponsored by Kelsey Hayward. -- Contributed

NEW CUMBERLAND — The New Cumberland Lions Club met Oct. 24 with President Don Deemer presiding and Pam Stiles offering the invocation. Alan Lee led in opening exercises.

John Edwards introduced Randy Elliott, president of the Newell Lions Club and a retired Oak Glen High School teacher and former head athletic trainer.

Edwards expressed a desire to organize a Leo Club for Oak Glen Middle School by 2019 and Oak Glen High School by 2018 and have the New Cumberland, Newell and Chester Lions clubs co-sponsor the organization. He would like each club to have a liaison appointed

A Leo Club is a service organization working with the same principles as a Lions Club. There are two groups — the Alpha for students in grades five through eight and the Omega for high school students.

In other business, Jim Wells, treasurer, read the financial report.

Correspondence was read from Kirsten Pierce, director of the Swaney Memorial Library, who invited the club to decorate a Christmas tree to be displayed with others at the library. The display will involve a 50-50 drawing for $1 per ticket. Patrons can place their ticket in the box in front of their favorite tree. Half the proceeds go to the organization and half to the library. Kelsey Hayward will chair the event for the club.

The club was reminded about events, including today’s Halloween party

Hayward sponsored new member Patty Burgess, who was inducted into the club at the previous meeting.

Because of Thanksgiving, the next board meeting scheduled for Nov. 21 will instead follow one of the two regularly scheduled meetings for the month. The next regular meeting is Nov. 14.