Thursday, May 30, 2013

The First Annual Leo Award for Distinguished Leadership & Community Service Awarded to Leo Secretary Taylor

The Manheim Township Lions Club recently established the Leo Award for Distinguished Leadership and Community Service for the purpose of recognizing a distinguished Leo senior who is not only a well rounded student, but one who excels within and beyond the classroom in areas of leadership, personal integrity and community service which are part of the Leo motto: Leadership, Experience and Opportunity.

The individual selected to receive this award  must be a graduating senior from the Manheim Township High School with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or 80%; must be planning to attend an accredited institution of higher learning such as a college, university, junior/community college, trade or technical school; must be a current member in good standing of the Manheim Township Leo Club and must have been a member of the Leo Club for two or more consecutive Club and School Years . While a member of the Leo Club, the individual must have minimally served or volunteered a total of 40 hours of service doing Leo Club activities or assisting in Lions Club activities or combination thereof; must have been actively involved in Leo Club activities which would have demonstrated the Leo's leadership skills and commitment to civic responsibility and community service and finally, must have provided additional hours of service to another charitable or humanitarian organization not affiliated with the Leo or Lion organizations.

On May 22nd, 2013, at a Manheim Township High School Senior Recognition Awards Ceremony, Leo Secretary Taylor, received a plaque and a $500 check, in recognition of her being the first recipient of this award. Leo Taylor is the daughter of Michael and Rebecca Giambrone. Her selection required nomination by both the High School Faculty Leo Advisor, Mr. Wayne Kantz and the Lions Club Leo Advisor, Lion Paul Rager, the endorsement of that nomination by the Club's Youth Outreach Committee and finally approval by the Board of Directors of the Manheim Township Lions Club. Not only did Leo Taylor meet or exceed all of the requirements for this Award, but her past four years of service with the Leo Club and her outstanding work as the Secretary of the Leo Club for the past two years, enabled the Manheim Township Leo Club to develop a better working relationship with the Manheim Township Lions Club as well as helping the Leo Club distinguish itself in Pennsylvania Lions District 14-D and Lions Clubs International.

The Members of the Manheim Township Lions Club are proud to be able to provide this award to its first recipient and wish for Taylor, good health and much success in any future endeavors. Leo Taylor will be attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing in the fall.

On May 24, 2013, Leo Taylor contacted Lion Paul Rager by email and requested that the following message be passed on to the members of the Lions Club.  "Thank you very much for awarding me the Leo Award for Distinguished Leadership & Community Service.  I greatly appreciate the recognition and aid that you have provided me with for my future plans!  Working with the Lions Club over the past few years has taught me a lot, and I am so glad to have been a part of this organization.  All the work that was put into the club over the past two years has kept me very busy, but also rewarded me a great deal.  I am honored that you chose me to receive this award.  Thank you again for everything you taught me on how to run a club and all the work that goes into a service organization such as the Lions Club.  I hope to visit a club event next year when I am home on break!"

Editors Note:  Leo Taylor was one of the top three winners at the High School Recognition Awards Ceremony. Her other awards were the Seth Hampton Memorial Scholarship, Honor Graduate, Lancaster NE Rotary Club Graupensperger Award, MT Music Association Orchestra Award and Eric Stoler Nursing Scholarship.  Congratulations Leo Taylor!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

May 3, 2013 Leo Awards and Officer Installation Meeting

On May 3, 2013 representatives of the Manheim Township Lions Club attended the Manheim Township Leo club meeting for the purpose of installing the 2013-14 Leo officers and to present awards to 2012-13 Leos.

After Leo President Anna called the meeting to order, Lion President Jerry Beyer made some remarks and then PDG Larry Miller installed the incoming Leo officers for 2013-14. The officers are as follows: President Neil, Vice President Ajay, Secretary Kaelin and Treasurer Monica.

For their years of service, seven Leo Seniors, President Anna, Vice President Brian, Secretary Taylor, and Leos Matthew, Jennifer, Brittney and Phu, were presented with Lions International’s Leo Completion of Service Certificates in recognition of their years of service in the Leo Club.

Twenty seven Leos were presented with Certificates of Appreciation for contributing personal time and effort in assisting the Manheim Township Lions Club with one or more fund raising activities and or service projects. Those receiving certificates were Secretary Taylor, President Anna, Vice President Brian, Treasurer Neil, Leos Ajay, Aubrie, Aidan, Alek, Jennifer, Christian, Andrew, Guillermo, Michael, Brittney, Matthew, Christian, Alex, Jonathan, Phu, Maddie, Sangnya, Chase, David, Evan, Monica, Kaelin and Fisayo.

Two Leos, Secretary Taylor and Treasurer Neil, were presented with Community Service Recognition Certificates as members who provided the highest levels of community service.

Three Leos, Treasurer Neil, Leos Guillermo and Bryce, were presented with Certificates of Recognition for representing well both the Manheim Township Leo Club and the Manheim Township Lions Club at Lions District 14-D events.

Leo President Anna received the 100 Percent President Award in recognition for her and the Club’s meeting the requirements set by Lions Clubs International. She also received Lions District 14-D Leo of the Year Award for outstanding leadership skills, achieving a superior record as a Leo in implementing successful service projects, making an identifiable contribution to the development and growth of the Leo Club Program, achieving distinction in community or school activities outside of Leo club commitments and demonstrating high ethical standards and personal integrity.

Leo Secretary Taylor was presented with a letter advising her that she will be receiving the first annual Manheim Township Lions Cub’s Leo Distinguished Leadership and Community Service Award at the upcoming High School Senior Recognition ceremony. In addition, Secretary Taylor received the following awards at the Senior Recognition ceremony: Seth Hampton Memorial Scholarship, Honor Graduate, Lancaster NE Rotary Club Graupensperger Award, MT Music Association Orchestra Award and Eric Stoler Nursing Scholarship

Mr. Wayne Kantz, the Manheim Township High School Faculty Leo Club Advisor, was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for his concern, time, effort and advice given to the officers and members of the Manheim Township Leo Club. The Certificate also expressed the appreciation of the Manheim Township Lions Club for his cooperative interaction with and support of the Manheim Township Lions Club in fulfilling its responsibilities as the Leo Club's sponsoring Lions Club.

Click on the following link to view a slideshow of this event.