Early Bird Lions looking to younger future

Justin Crann
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The Moose Jaw Early Bird Lions may have found a win-win solution to their membership woes.

At a meeting on Monday morning, members of the club discussed the prospect of bringing a Leo club to Moose Jaw.

"It's a great opportunity if you look at it in the right way," said Bernie Roy, a member of the Early Bird Lions, during the meeting. "This offers us a chance to work with the younger people, 12 to 18 years old, so that they start becoming used to volunteering as a part of their lifestyle.

"We've all talked about how to create new membership," he added. "But also, this gives them an opportunity to actually put their ideas into effect."

A Leo club operates as a smaller satellite to the Lions proper, enrolling teenagers and young adults who, as a group, decide on a number of causes they want to take action on, said Herb Harrison, chairman of the Leo clubs for this district.

Common causes for Leo clubs are the environment and spending time with seniors, but the individual issues a club takes action on are largely up to them as the organizations are mostly autonomous — simply drawing support and financial backing from their corresponding Lions chapter.

The organization can be formed as either a school-based group that meets in a sponsoring school, or as a community-based group that typically uses space provided by the Lions. 

20 prospective members are needed to charter — or launch — a club, which can be difficult without promotion.

"Leos are one of the best-kept secrets going around," said Harrison.

The costs of the club are carried by their corresponding Lions chapter, which may come as a slight deterrent for the supporting group.

However, Roy said it would be a fantastic opportunity to enrich young lives and potentially recruit future Lions members.

"Where in town do (teens) actually get to gather and be able to put things into effect?" he said. "Here in Moose Jaw, we don't have anything else like this. I think it's a good way to get them involved … (and) it's great to put on their resumes."

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Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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