Triton students recognized as charter Leo members

Erwin Lions help form new service club

By LAURA PATTERSON
Assistant managing editor
Posted 1/11/22

On Wednesday, a group of more than 20 Triton High School students were recognized and installed as charter members of a new Leo’s Club at their school.

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Triton students recognized as charter Leo members

Erwin Lions help form new service club

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Leadership. Experience. Opportunity. These three things are what describe a Leo, members of a youth service organization sponsored by Lions Club International.

On Wednesday, a group of more than 20 Triton High School students were recognized and installed as charter members of a new Leo’s Club at their school.

An installation ceremony was held during a meeting of the Erwin Lions Club at the Erwin Community Building.

Guests included Lions District 31N Governor Robert Block Jr. of New Bern and past District Governor Deangelo Jackson of Angier.

“Getting youth involved is a primary goal,” Block said, noting how his family became involved with the Lions after attending a food drive.

“We can make a better world when we all work together,” he said.

Block spoke of two international officers and their mottoes, serving from the heart and kindness matters.

“I could not be prouder to serve as our district governor with the two mottoes,” he said.

Attending from Charlotte was Leo Multi-District Chair Elizabeth Steele, who installed the club members and presented them with a certificate, pin and membership card.

“I think this is a very special occasion that we get to bring a Leo club into our community,” Steele said. “We’ve got bright young ladies and gentlemen who are a part of this club to do exactly what they’re doing, serving from the heart, giving back to their community, being part of their community.”

The Erwin Lions Club has been working for more than a year to get the youth service organization off the ground.

“The Erwin Lions Club is honored to sponsor the charter of the Triton Leos,” said club President Earl House. “We are proud of these charter members who have stepped forward to serve their communities, state, country and the world.”

House said past president Eddy Blackman was instrumental in helping to form the club.

Teacher and coach T.J. Morrison is the adviser for the Triton Leos. Erwin Lions acting as co-advisers are Tim Morris and Thomas Greene.

Officers installed for the Triton Leos are: President Laila Robinson; Vice President Anna Joyner; Secretary Ansley Brown; and Treasurer Carolina Ramirez-Contreras.

“It’s such an honor to be the first president of Leo’s Club at Triton,” said Robinson. “The other members and I have already started discussing our plans to better not only our school, but our community.

“When Mr. Morrison came to me about joining the club, and maybe even running for an office position, I was extremely excited to be considered for the part. I love working with others to improve the lives of everyone in our community, and can’t wait to start working with the Erwin’s Lion’s Club to do so.”

In addition to the officers, Leo Club members include: Marley Regina Colville, Ava Blackman, Valerie Ceballos Franco, Riley Colville, Claire Ennis, Kate Audrey Cochran, Diana Ramirez-Contreras, Jackson Perry Lanier, Leah Glover, William “C.J.” Herring, Zora Hill, Joana Hall, Abigail Hood, Grace Elisabeth Hair, Palmer Davis Foster, Braeden Kessler, Nathan McKoy, Hunter Thompson, McKenzy Zierro and Kate Isabel Perez.

Lions clubs sponsor more than 5,700 Leo clubs in 140 countries. The Leos were first formed in 1957 by the Glensdale Lions Club in Pennsylvania. While helping others in their community, Leos develop leadership skills and experience teamwork in action.

Lions Clubs International, founded in 1917, is the largest service club organization in the world, with more than 1.4 million members in 48,000 clubs serving 200 countries and geographic areas worldwide.

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