March 18, 2014 > Dawn of a new [LEO] chapter
Dawn of a new [LEO] chapter
Submitted By Tony Hong
February 22, 2014 turned out to be an unseasonably warm winter day in Fremont. Inside World Gourmet Buffet, however, a gathering of high school students generated even higher energy readings. The occasion marked an official charter ceremony for the American High School Leo Club - 212 members strong. The crowdÕs celebratory mood turned even higher when the Honorable Bill Harrison, Mayor of Fremont, stopped by to check out the action.
Installing Officer was Past District Governor (PDG) Linda Griffin, a decorated member of the Ygnacio Valley Commuters Lions Club. Ceremonies began with the induction of the general membership, en masse, then the Board of Directors and Club Officers. The four chief officers are Arjun Gupta, Charter Leo President; Ruvan Jayaweera, Vice President; Rahul Makhijani, Secretary; and Jake Ren, Treasurer.
VP Ruvan Jayaweera conducted a memorial tribute to the late, Lion Lou Rodriguez, Mission San Jose, John F. Kennedy and Irvington High School LEO Clubs Advisor.
President Arjun Gupta thanked Lion Tony Hong Mission San Jose, John F. Kennedy and Irvington High School LEO Clubs Advisor for supporting the new Ð and fourth - LEO club in Fremont by Dawn Breakers Lions Club. PDG Linda presented the Leo Charter to the club.
The event culminated with an entertainment program including songs, violin and guitar compositions, a unicycle demonstration, magic tricks by extremely talented Leo members including: Joyce Chen, Jonathan & Jacquelin Bolivar, Matt Ho & Lance Fernando, Matthew Downing, Owen Farmer, Ryan Cho, Shelby Casey, and Tom Li.
The American High School Leo Club has been quite active in their community, having volunteered in the following events: Fremont Festival of the Arts, Comfort Kit Drive, California School for the Blind Annual Braille Bee, and Union City Relay for Life.
Some sixty percent of their membership is female. There is good representation of students from the freshman through the senior levels.
Leo clubs, are a key youth program of Lions Clubs International, providing an opportunity for development and contribution, for young men and women of the world, individually and collectively., in their local and national community.
The Dawn Breakers Lions Club is proud to sponsor this dedicated group of young people from American High School. Lion President Jeff Green extends a warm welcome to them and congratulates them as being a part of the larger 150,000 Leo family worldwide. He wholeheartedly thanks the school, parents, some generous community members, Lions and Leos from the District for their support and contributions Ð for making all of this possible. He looks forward to holding joint community projects, through which both Lions and Leos can realize the true meaning of leadership and service.
President Jeff is especially jubilant because this is the fourth Leo club the Dawn Breakers have sponsored and all of them are actively serving the community. Topping it all, the Dawn Breakers Lions Club will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary on April 16th, 2014!