Leo Club elects new board of young leaders

2016-05-05 06:00

The Alpha Leo Club recently held its elections at the Hoërskool Brandwag clubhouse where they voted for the new board of directors to take this youth organisation forward.

The Leo Club programme is part of Lions Clubs International and gives young people the opportunity to serve their communities and make a positive impact. They do this whilst having fun, making new friends and in the process also develop valuable leadership skills. In fact the word Leo stands for leadership, experience and opportunity. According to Aphiwe Zinto from Muir College, the out-going president of the Uitenhage based Alpha Leo Club, their objective is to provide the youth the opportunity for development and contribution, individually and collectively, as responsible members of the local, national and international community.

They conduct various projects in the fields of health care, elders, children, differently abled, literacy and education, and self-development. Leos also involved in fund-raising projects and is the largest youth club of voluntary character in the world, present in 140 countries.

According to Lions’ international policies, by the end of April the new board must be elected and they officially start working from the 1st of July.

“So, we have chosen our new board, out of the seven local schools associated with the Alpha Leo Club,” said Zinto.

“I have high hopes for this new board and I know each and every one of them deserves the position it was elected to. I told them what I was taught: Be Phenomenal or Be Forgotten.”

The following members were chosen to succeed the current board for the term 2016/2017: President: René Schonken (Hoërskool Brandwag), Vice President: Ambesa Daniels (Riebeek College), Secretary: Charnia Vlooh (Strelitzia), Treasurer: Karla Venter (Hoërskool Brandwag), Community Service Chair: Sibabalwe Mbini (Muir College), Fund-raising Chair: Dieter Marais (Daniel Pienaar THS), Membership Chair: Angelique Tee (Riebeek College), Public Relations Officer: Aubrecia Zealand (Strelitzia).

The Alpha Leo Club will be hosting one of its school fund-raisers, namely the The Alpha Leo Ball. It will be held on May 11th at the Daniel Pienaar THS hall and the theme is “James Bond 007”.

Funds raised will be towards the Alpha Leo Club’s two forthcoming projects, the Garden Restoration project and the Mandela Day project.

  • Tickets for the ball are R110 per couple and are available from Leo members at the various schools. For more information contact Aphiwe Zinto on email at zintoaphiwe@gmail.com

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