Eleven students of Glenholme received the prestigious honor of joining the over 155,000 Leo Club members from around the world in an exclusive induction ceremony.
Yesterday Glenholme hosted an induction ceremony for the school’s new Leo Club members. Eleven ambitious students received the prestigious honor of joining the Leo Club associated with the Lions Club of Washington, Connecticut and the 155,000 Leo members from around the world. The Leo Club offers rewards to young people in the form of leadership, experience and opportunity; these strengths form the acronym for the club’s name.
Blanche Swell, Chairman of the Lions Club District 23-B of Torrington Connecticut, presided over the ceremony. She spoke of the near 60-year history and progress of the Leo Club, which was started in 1957. Ten years later, the Lions Club International, the leading organization of service clubs in the world, implemented the program officially and awarded the Leos with their own emblem of maroon and gold.
Ms. Swell also noted, “Being a Leo is an esteemed privilege which carries marvelous prospects for individual development through community service activities.”
Each student affirmed their solemn duty to the Leo Club resolutely. Their pledge comprises abiding by the club’s constitution and bylaws; attendance at meetings and advancing the interests of the club; upholding, building and strengthening the membership; and energetically serving the community and developing the qualities of cheerfulness, service, and loyalty which exemplifies a Leo Club member. After the pledge was made, Ms. Swell welcomed each of the newest Leos from Glenholme into the club.
Also in attendance for the ceremony were several members of Glenholme administration including Executive Director Maryann Campbell, Executive Administrator Judy Cooper, Director of External Affairs Julie Smallwood and Community Service Coordinator Chrissy Steward. After the formalities, the guests, staff and students enjoyed amusing discussions and an array of snacks, treats and drinks.
Through volunteer work, the students of Glenholme practice the qualities of caring, respect, responsibility, and community service. Other valuable benefits for young people with special needs include enhanced social skills, developing new perspectives, improved self-esteem, and a greater sense of personal achievement. The collaboration between the Leo Club members of Glenholme and the Lions Club members of Washington Connecticut matches the long-established community of character and supports the universal values of the school.
Congratulations to the newest Leo Club members of Glenholme.
For more information about Leo Clubs, visit www.lionsclubs.org.