Marian Leos Club

Marian Leo Club was formed in 2007 and is part of the Lions International Service Club Organisation. It is sponsored by Sunshine City Lions Club.

The Leo motto - Leadership, Experience, Opportunity - is fulfilled as members work together in response to the needs of others.

Participation in Leo activities and projects helps young people prepare for the future by developing leadership, organizational and social skills. Members experience increased self-esteem and personal growth as they meet challenges and accept responsibilities.

By volunteering their time and talents for the benefit of others, Leos learn firsthand the value and rewards of service. Leo club involvement can start young women on a lifetime of helping others.

Events

  • Beyond Blue Ball
  • Soup Van
  • Camp Licola
  • Camp Koala
  • Youth Exchange
  • Easter Fair
  • Fashion Show
  • Ball for Childrens First Foundation

The Leos organised a ball in Granstar in Altona. 274 people attended including the parents of Moira Kelly, the founder of the foundation. They raised six and a half thousand dollars.

Run 4 Kids

Leos first became involved with this event in aid of the Royal Melbourne Children's Hospital in 2010. They sent seven members to help give out drinks to the runners. In 2011, they assisted 12 Leos to take part in the run itself and even more who assited with carparking, refreshments and the like.

Awards

  • Leo Monika Pilekic Brimbank Young Citizen of the Year 2010
  • Leo Natasha Korbut Melton Young Citizen of the Year 2011
  • Leo Laura Mulcahy Wyndham Young Leader Award 2011
  • Monika Pilekic Herald Sun Pride of Australia Medal runner up 2010
  • Lions International Presidential Award
  • A number of Leos have had their efforts recongnised by local MP, Brendan O'Connor, with his presentation of the Gorton Young Leaders' Award.

Gorton Awards

  • 9 March 2011

FEDERAL MEMBER RECOGNISES 18 OUTSTANDING GORTON YOUNG LEADERS

Federal Member for Gorton Brendan O'Connor today hosted a morning tea to celebrate the achievements of the recipients of the 2010 Gorton Young Leaders Awards (GYLAs). Mr O'Connor congratulated 18 young leaders in his electorate office in Keilor, at an event which brought together former Year 12 students, parents and college representatives from across 9 local schools in the electorate of Gorton.

He presented award-winners with small prizes to commemorate their achievements, signed copies of The Best Australian Essays 2010, featuring personalised bookplates. Mr O'Connor also spoke of the importance of active public leadership, civic duty and youth engagement.

"The GYLAs and this morning tea is my way of recognising and encouraging local young people who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to active public leadership within their schools and their communities," said Mr O'Connor. "The achievements of these young leaders reflect highly not only on each individual, but also their parents, schools and greater communities. "They are exemplary role models not only to the western suburbs of Melbourne, but indeed the country at large.

"It is for this reason that I will soon be delivering a speech to the Federal Parliament about the achievements of the prize-winners so that they are registered as part of the public record." The achievements of the prize-winners were diverse, ranging from work with local parish communities, volunteer work for the Salvation Army and its Big Brother program, and fundraising activities for East Timor.

Mr O'Connor established the GYLAs in 2009 to recognise local young people who have shown an exceptional commitment to public service, specifically through involvement in voluntary work, student leadership or community service.

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