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Leo club looks towards the future as the club continues to grow

Shane Rich, Staff Writer

 Since the fall of 2016, the Leo club has been continuing its growth at Wingate and looks towards the upcoming changes and growth opportunities that are coming into the near future.The Leo club is an organization that looks to educate the student body about the visually impaired. It is also a community service organization.

“It’s a mixture of service and educating ourselves and the campus about those topics. We have monthly meetings to discuss how we can impact our community with our projects. Coming up, we have a Roadside cleanup day on April 21st.” Senior Leah Joyner said.

The club has made strides in their successful community projects and have worked closely with clubs such as the Lion Club in recent time.

The group is very active and continuing to grow. There is still much planned for the club in the future too. “We have not begun planning for the fall yet, but will definitely have the letters to Soldiers event where students can write letters to Soldiers for Christmas. We may also do reading buddy services for the Wingate Elementary School as well as other visual- awareness related projects.” President Gabrielle Slabaugh said.

Joyner and Slabaugh also discussed their favorite moments in the club this year. “I liked being a part of something bigger than myself by participating in a team to accomplish common objectives. Out of the many events we have done with the Leo club, I enjoyed volunteering at the letters to soldier’s event last November. It was great way to interact with people who all wanted to write a thank you letter to a soldier and hear their stories.” Joyner said.

“My favorite event this calendar year was our Visual Olympics event where we hosted different challenges to spread awareness of various visual maladies. I believe there are pictures of that on our social media; if you can’t find them, let me know. Leo Club is focused on the same service areas that the international Lions Club is focused on, specifically community service through recycling and awareness of and aid to the blind.” Slabaugh said.

Even though the Leo Club is still a new organization, the impact the club is having on campus and in the community is continuing to grow.

Edited by: Brea Childs

Students write letters to soldiers through Wingate’s Leo Club

Leah Joyner, Staff Writer

As the holiday season approaches, Wingate University students are gearing up to spread some holiday cheer through participating in a service project. Last Tuesday, students hand wrote letters to soldiers in the military as a part of the sponsored WU Leo Club event.

“Through hosting this event, we hope to spread the appreciation for our troops. Coming from a military family, I witness first hand the sacrifices they made to serve and protect our country. This represents Leo Club’s way of giving thanks,” said senior Kayla Jones.

Of the people who wrote letters in the W. T. Harris Dining Hall, several of them said they had family or friends in the military which made the event even more special and important to them.

“We got 38 letters and although that doesn’t seem like a lot, that represents 38 different individual soldiers or veterans who will be able to get handwritten letters for the holidays. I think any contribution we can make in our community matters, no matter how small.” said Gabrielle Slabaugh, WU Leo Club President.

The importance of volunteering our time and talents not only serves others, but gives volunteers a gift in return by knowing that they made a difference in someone else’s life. A simple handwritten encouraging  message can make anyone smile.

“I volunteered for this event to be more active in the Leo Club and to help spread happiness and holiday spirit to people who serve in the military,” said sophomore Leo Club member Kirsten Gade when asked why she volunteered to help with the service project.

For more ways to get involved with the Leo Club, all students are welcome to attend the next meeting held on Nov. 14 at 6:30 in Hayes 202 to share information about diabetes as it is one of the five service areas of the International Lions Club and World Diabetes Day.  A special guest speaker will speak about volunteer work at the local hospital.

On Nov. 28th at 6:30pm in Hayes 202, the Leo Club will host a holiday party to celebrate the semester’s successes. Both of these events provide a great opportunity for everyone to participate in Leo Club activities and serve the surrounding community.

Edited by: Brea Childs

Photo Credit: Leah Joyner

Pictured above: (Left to right) Gabrielle Slabaugh, President of Wingate’s Leo Club. Bailey Freeburn is the treasurer

Wingate Leo Club host its first Induction Ceremony to commemorate new members

Leah Joyner, Staff Writer

The Wingate University Leo Club welcomed new members into their organization last Tuesday at a special Induction Ceremony hosted by the Wingate Lions Club at the Wingate Baptist Fellowship Hall. For the ceremony, the upcoming Leo Club Officers were installed, new t-shirts were distributed to members and everyone celebrated the 100th birthday of the Lions Club International .

Leo Club, which was formed on Wingate’s campus last year, is a service organization that focuses on spreading awareness to the community about visual impairment. Throughout the year they host several community service opportunities for members to get involved in, and that is exactly what the Wingate Lions are doing. .

“I think the Induction Ceremony went really well. The Lions Club did a nice job putting it on, and it made me feel like our club was really capable of making an impact in the community. I hope that the Leo Club continues to grow and that we are able to help more people in the community,” said Bailey Freeburn, WU Leo Club Treasurer. 

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Photo Credit: Leah Joyner

At the start of the evening, Leo Club members were welcomed by Wingate Lions Club members with pizza and warm smiles. After some social time, Wingate Lions Club member Dale Dupree spoke about the Lions Club International and his involvement with the Wingate Lions Club branch.

Dupree is also the liaison between the two clubs. One of the things he shared was that  Leo Club stands for “Leadership, Experience, and Opportunity” as young adults strive to develop valuable leadership skills, make new friends, and have fun while offering humanitarian services to their community.

Dupree then asked the District Lions Club Cabinet Treasurer, Harvey Whitley to install the new Leo Club members and WU Club Officers. Gabrielle Slabaugh was inducted as President, Caroline Rumley as Vice President, Katlyn Nicholas as Secretary, Bailey Freeburn as Treasure, and Sydney Walker as the Public Relations Chairperson.

“The Induction Ceremony was significant because it marks the Wingate Centennial Omega Leo Club as an official registered and certified Leo Club. For the future, we look forward to serving the community through visual activities and recycling/clean-up projects.” said Gabrielle Slabaugh.

Known around campus as “The Bulldogs that Roar,” the Leos have been known to help pick up trash along the road, send letters to soldiers, and host the Blind Olympics, all to spread awareness about the visually impaired. This year they hope to expand by reaching out to the community and  helping the Wingate Lions Club with their programs.

“Leo Club has really helped me learn more about some issues facing people in the community. Before I joined Leo Club I didn’t realize how many people suffered from visual impairments in this area, and so I think this club has helped me become more aware,” said Freeburn.  

On Wingate University’s campus, Leo Club has meetings every other Tuesday night at 6:30pm and the next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 24 in Hayes 202. Their next community service event will be the Letters to Soldiers table on November 7 from around 5p.m.-8p.m. where students can come write letters to those in the military.  

If you are interested in joining the Leo Club, come to a meeting or contact Gabrielle Slabaugh at ga.slabaugh003@wingate.edu or Caroline Rumley at ca.rumley171@wingate.edu.

Edited by: Brea Childs