Saddle River Valley Lions Club Hosts First Annual ‘Leo Night’
Some Northern Highlands Regional High School students and teachers were the recent honored guests at the Saddle River Valley Lions Club’s first-ever ‘Leo Night.’ Establishing what is expected to become an annual tradition, the Lions gave a warm welcome to the newly elected student officers of the Northern Highlands Leo Club.
As part of the main program for the evening, N.H.R.H.S. faculty advisors Bernice Reesbeck and Kim Hayes assisted Leo Club members Alexandra Lesnik, Claudia Carollo, Samantha Wei, Stella Wang, and Alise Moore as they shared an overview of their plans for the coming semester’s activities.
In addition to seeking to increase membership in their club – it’s roster already listing more than twenty five active members – the Leos’ ideas include organizing additional used eyeglass collections at their school, hosting a Valentine’s Day event for pediatrics patients at Valley Hospital, and possibly entering into a sister-club relationship – ‘twinning’ – with a Leo Club in another country. They also plan on volunteering at the annual Lions Carnival in May and are looking for their own novel ways to raise money to fund their activities. In outlining their ambitious project schedule, the students spoke of their eagerness to follow through on their commitment to service activities and to maintain close communication with their S.R.V. Lion sponsors throughout the school year.
The students’ dedication to service does certainly seem to run deep. According to Leo President Alexandra Lesnik, herself the daughter of former Lions District Governor George Lesnik, “We realize how fortunate we are and so we feel really good about being able to give something back. We want to make a difference in our community.”
In thanking the new club’s leadership for the efforts on behalf of others, S.R.V. Lions President Jerry Michota expressed the sponsoring group’s “pride in each of these students for understanding the value of service to others.” Lion David Verducci, who serves as the liaison to the Leos, agreed adding that “the leadership skills being developed by these students as part of these activities will prove invaluable to them throughout their lives.”
To learn more about the Leo Club Program, please visit the Youth Programs section of the Lions Web site at www.lionsclubs.org. For information about the Saddle River Valley Lions Club, go to www.SRVLions.org.
Shown left to right are Saddle River Valley Lions Club President Jerry Michota, Leo Club member Stella Wang, (Treasurer), N.H.R.H.S. Faculty Co-advisor Bernice Reesbeck, Leos Alexandra Lesnik (President), Claudia Carollo (Vice President), Samantha Wei (Secretary), & Alise Moore, and S.R.V. Lions’ Leo Committee Chairperson David Verducci