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Home News OJR High School Leo Club Hosts District 14P LEO RALLY

OJR High School Leo Club Hosts District 14P LEO RALLY

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District 14P Leos of the Year Pose for a Picture after Receiving Their Awards

Pictured from left are OJR MS Leo, Sonya Soeder; Avon Grove Charter School Leo Maggie Degler; Great Valley High School’s Leo Randall Patton; Wilson High School’s Leo Zane Elgagori and OJR High School Leo Star Schaeffer. Missing from the picture is Coatesville High School Leo Julie Fox

Saturday April 29th the OJR high school Leo Club hosted a Leo Rally for Leo Clubs in Lions Clubs International District 14P. The Rally was opened by Coventry Lions Club President, Keith Bentley, who led the audience members in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by remarks of the purpose of the rally.

The Master of Ceremonies was OJR’s High School Leo Advisor John McCormick. After informing the audience about the morning’s activities and schedule, he introduced District Governor Gus Meyer III. DG Gus talked about the importance of the Leo Clubs in establishing a legacy and for Leos continuing in Lionism and community service in their college years and beyond.

Charter Member and Past OJR Leo President, Maddie Murphy Delivering Keynote Address via Video

Coventry Lions Club Leo Advisor, Terry Stouffer introduced Keynote Speaker, Maddie Murphy. Maddie was away at Temple University finishing her last two weeks of her senior year but was gracious enough to provide a video for the audience. Her speech can be seen and heard here.

M.C. John McCormick then introduced the Leo Advisors from the six participating Leo Clubs. After a brief introduction, the advisors introduced their Leo Speakers who were their club’s Leo of the Year. Each Leo gave a two minute presentation about their school’s Leo Club and the activities their club had been involved in this year. They also told the audience what attracted them to the Leo Club and what service for others meant to them. After the Leo presentations the audience was broke up into two groups. The Leos gathered in the cafeteria where they could learn about each club’s service contributions to the community through dialog and the Brag Boards that each club brought along to the Rally.

During the Brag Board session, Lion Frank Conforti set up an Augmented Reality Sandbox for the Leos to participate in and learn about the use of the sand box and its value in formation of topographical structuring.

While the Leos were involved in the Brag Board session, the Advisors met in a separate room, where they could meet in round table fashion to discuss the positive aspects of their club and also explore strategies in dealing with the pitfalls the clubs may encounter.

The next session had the advisors leading a “Sharing” activity with a diverse group of Leos where Leos and Advisors could share their successes and desires for improvement of their clubs.



The third session had the entire group meet back in the auditorium where DG Gus reviewed the purpose of the Rally and introduced District dignitaries to the audience. Included was Vice District Governor Steve Wagner, who will take the reigns from DG Gus to head District 14P. DG Gus also called the Leos of the Year to the stage where they were presented with a District 14P Leo of the Year Award from Past District Governor Charles Finney and PDG/District Treasurer Richard Taylor. Second Vice District Governor David Hunsberger also served on the Leo of the Year Selection Committee. The audience was then greeted by Pennsylvania State Leo Representative, Gerald Chapman. He spoke to the Leos in the audience offering praise for what they have done and encouraging them to continue their service to the varying needs of the communities where they live and beyond.


Upon dismissal from the auditorium, DG Gus also presented each attending Leo a Legacy Pin Award from District 14 P.

The Leos and other attendees then were served lunch by OJR LEO Club Members. Pizza and beverages were served and enjoyed by all.

For a photo album of the day’s activities please click here, Photographer: Lion Jake Bittner

Did You Know?

The first Leo club was founded in 1957 by Jim Graver, the coach of the Abington High School, Pennsylvania baseball team. He was an active member of the Glenside Lions Club. The club was founded with the help of William Ernst, another local Lion. It adopted the high school's colors of maroon and gold. The club also created the acronym Leadership – Equality - Opportunity for the word Leo. The word equality was later changed to experience.



Last Updated on Sunday, 04 June 2017 20:24  

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