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November 15, 2011 > Bay Area Leo Club chartered

Bay Area Leo Club chartered

Lions International, the world's largest service club, with 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members gained an additional club and 42 new members Saturday, November 5 as Bay Area Leo Club was officially installed at TOP Buffet in Fremont. Sponsored by San Mateo Metro Lions Club, this group under the leadership of President Dustin Chiang will focus on serving the local community and worldwide organizations that "make our world a better place."

LEO organizations are (an acronym for Leadership, Experience and Opportunity) under the leadership of Lions Clubs International. These clubs involving over 150,000 young people in 139 countries serve their communities under this banner; all dedicated to making a difference. Lions International is dedicated to local, national and international service projects with a special emphasis on a challenge by Helen Keller in 1925 to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." She asked, "Will you not help me hasten the day when there shall be no preventable blindness; no little deaf, blind child untaught; no blind man or woman unaided?"

One of the first activities of the new group will be to organize a fundraising activity in January 2012 to support Doctors Without Borders. Charter members of the group, freshmen at Mission San Jose High School, all agreed that the major attractions of the new group was a desire to make a difference, community service hours necessary for high school graduation and inclusion in decisions determining which organizations will receive the results of their fundraising efforts. They noted that in many other organizations, these choices are pre-determined or left to others in the upper echelon of the hierarchy.

Bay Area Leo Club Board of Directors: Dustin Chiang-President; Megan Ren-Vice President; Sriya Maram-Co-Treasurer; Kelly Lee-Co-Treasurer; Joshua Chao-Secretary; Zixin Chen-Member-at-Large; Allen Hsiao-Member-at-Large; Aarti Panda-Member-at-Large

Charter Members: Nicholas Cai, Joshua Chao, Shweta Chawla, Laura Chen, Zixin Chen, Dustin Chiang, Abby Choi, Michael Dong, Hannah Folk, Nathan Fong, Allen Hsiao, Austin Hsu, Stephanie Hsu, Alex Jiang, Rajvi Joshi, Austin King, Isha Kumar, Amandi Kwok, Kelly Lee, Katherine Lin, Justin Liu, Aarthi Madadi, Akshay Mahesh, Momina Mahmood, Sriya Maram, Katie Mei, Jay Menon, Somya Moyya, Aarti Panda, Melissa Peng, Iyesha Puri, Megan Ren, Manjima Sarkar, Anna Tang, Kevin Tang, Shenlum Tang, Akshaya Thananjeyan, Luke Wang, Hanson Wang, Jason Wu, Kevin Zhang, Sandy Zhang, Lillian Zhao.

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