Area teenage youth from Forest Lake High School and North Lakes Academy joined hands this fall to form a new community service group.
The Forest Lake Leos Club, chartered by the Forest Lake Lions Club, had one official meeting Oct. 15 to elect officers, design a club T-shirt and plan service and fund-raising activities.
Of the 11 attending, five are from Forest Lake High School and six from North Lakes Academy.
Two officers from each school were chosen. Alli Steenblock was elected president, Lexie Ferguson vice president, Hailey Mason secretary and Kelsey Sewall treasurer.
Forest Lake is in a Lions district with more than 60 adult service clubs in six counties, but only a few other Leos clubs.
The Leos’ liaisons from the Forest Lake Lions, Jason and Terri Steenblock, are Alli Steenblock’s parents and have been active with the Lions since last spring. Jason and Terri responded to a recruitment ad that the Lions had placed in the Forest Lake Times.
“We were willing to try anything,” Terri Steenblock said. “I think it’s really important for people to know kids are doing this. For me, it’s just fun to see kids grow.”
Alli said “I’m pumped, so excited to see all of the energy and ideas from our first meeting. We want to give our community what they deserve back from us.”
The group will meet again at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29 at FLHS to focus on their inaugural service event, a Trick or Can drive. The youth will walk door-to-door through select Forest Lake neighborhoods to ask for donations of non-perishable food items for area food shelves.
Other ideas for service projects include running a toy drive, leading bingo and singing carols at senior care facilities, and volunteering with Family Pathways. Fund-raising ideas to support these service project costs include hosting bake sales and a 5K run.
The Leos are awaiting confirmation from Lions Clubs International headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., after which they may start a club website. Currently they have a Facebook page and are on Twitter @ForestLakeLeo.
Other area youth in grades 9 to 12 who may be interested in joining are encouraged to email ForestLakeLeo@midco.net, and in a reply they will receive a link to a PowerPoint presentation with more information on the club.