Lions Club Sponsors Amboy Clippers Leo Club


AMBOY — Amboy High School has a new extracurricular club available for students thanks to the Amboy Lions Club.

The new Amboy Clippers Leo Club became official on Monday, Jan. 19, when the new members were sworn in by Lions Past District Governor, Karen Grainey.

Amboy Lions Club President Dave Kemp wanted to know how to get more young people interested in joining the Amboy Lions Club. He learned that Lions Club International had developed Leo Clubs for junior high and high school students that are popular throughout the world. There are 6,800 clubs in 42 countries. Alpha Leo Clubs are for students 12 – 18 years old and Omega Leo Clubs are for ages 18 – 30 years old. Leo Clubs are sponsored and mentored by local Lions Clubs. After six months in the works, the new Amboy Leo Club is up and running.

Danielle Benesh is the Faculty Advisor for the club. The new Leo Club members are: Sidney Corcoran, Logan Winters, Emma Bickett, Audrey Woods, Kelynn Boyle, Kelsey Stewart, Rachel Lachat, Mallory Powers, Kenzie Payne, Molly Ackert, Danielle Hochstatter, Alexandra Jones, Savannah Ikens, Chloe Landrus, Shannon Lytle, Brianna Blaine, Kaity Wilhite, Taylor Stevens, Erin Latta, Gabby Jones, Abbie Ely, Riley Sus, Sadie Bell, and Noelle Jones.

Officers are; President: Kaitlyn Ortgiesen, Vice-President: Clayton Kemp, Secretary: Cassidy Corcoran, Treasurer: Ashley Winters, and Directors: Nathan Friel, Aly Gascoigne, and Bailee Highbarger.

Students interested in joining the new Leo Club should see Ms. Benesh or any Leo member for more information.

Other business conducted at the Amboy Lions meeting on Jan. 19 included welcoming new member Patricia Ohlendorf and returning member Greg Ohlendorf to the Amboy Lions Club, the presentation of Years in Service certificates to several members and the presentation of a check to District Governor Steve Boettger for the Restoring Hope Transplant House.

A can collecting change at Amboy Food & Liquor resulted in the donation to Restoring Hope.  Restoring Hope is a non-profit home that provides lodging for those undergoing transplant surgeries at UW Hospital and the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison. Boettger chose Restoring Hope as his charitable project for his term as District Governor. A planned expansion at Restoring Hope will provide lodging for more than twice as many families than were previously able to be served. Amboy Lions Club member Jim Travi encouraged everyone to drop their change into the can when checking out to help this great cause.