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LEO Club a national community service organization at Pulaski School

The LEO Club at Pulaski Middle/Senior High School is a new community service based organization linked as a junior organization to the Lions Club International.

The club is a junior division of the Lions Club International, the largest, world-wide community service organization with more than 1.35 million members across the globe.

Some of the members of the Pulaski Middle/Senior High School LEO Club members are pictured following a recent meeting. In front, left to right are: advisor Elizabeth Woods, Annamarie Forestiere, Justina Webb, Elise Lacour, Jacqueline Novak, and Abby Riordan, and in back: Christina Forestiere, Randy Novak, Jacob Nicholson, Eddie Sheats, Joe Wontkowski, and Kelly Bushell. Missing are advisor Beth Hallinan, and student members Steven Maynard and Ruth Clark.
Some of the members of the Pulaski Middle/Senior High School LEO Club members are pictured following a recent meeting. In front, left to right are: advisor Elizabeth Woods, Annamarie Forestiere, Justina Webb, Elise Lacour, Jacqueline Novak, and Abby Riordan, and in back: Christina Forestiere, Randy Novak, Jacob Nicholson, Eddie Sheats, Joe Wontkowski, and Kelly Bushell. Missing are advisor Beth Hallinan, and student members Steven Maynard and Ruth Clark.

The Pulaski club is one of only a very few LEOs in the Central New York area.

Leadership, experience, and opportunity are words used to describe the rewards gained through participation in LEO Club by its national organizers, but the words also form the acronym for the club’s name and serve to represent the values established by the organization.

The local LEO club was started by Pulaski High School senior Annamarie Forestiere as part of her senior project. In establishing the club, she hoped to provide lasting community service opportunities for generations of students at the school.

The club’s school advisors are Elizabeth Woods and Beth Hallinan.

Each LEO chapter is sponsored by a local Lions Club who provides guidance and support for the younger group, with the Pulaski Middle/Senior High chapter sponsored by the Pulaski Lions Club.

They have worked with the Lions Club on several community service projects already this year, including the December holiday baskets distributed to needy families in the area. LEO Club helped pack the baskets of food and holiday presents, and also organized a book drive so they could include books in the baskets for the young children.

They also created and distributed Christmas cards to local senior citizens during the holidays. They have several other projects planned for the coming months including a special Youth Involvement Evening a Pulaski Middle/Senior High School on March 27.

The event will be targeting students in grades five through eleven, along with their parents, in an effort to inform them about the clubs and school based activity groups they can become involved with over the next year.

A wide range of groups and organizations will be represented in one place at the Youth Involvement Evening including: Art Club, Oswego County 4-H, Crimson and Blue Yearbook, National Honor Society, Magic Club, History Club, Science Club, Pulaski Public Library, Oswego County STOP DWI, Drama Club, and of course LEO Club and a host of others.