Pictured are 2012-2013 Leos President Megan Halgren, a senior, and Vice President Alex Freshour, a sophomore (in the center of the photo).

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Leos largest in Michigan

Published 10:35am Thursday, May 24, 2012

As many service clubs struggle to maintain membership, let alone grow, Edwardsburg Lions Club has been energized by last fall’s infusion of youthful vigor from student Leos.
The Leos have already exploded into the largest such group in Michigan, ahead of Rockford, through their energetic example alongside durable Lions, such as 55-year member John Braniff.
Edwardsburg High School Principal Jan Maclean noted when President Dave Stiffler and District Gov. Jerry Pearson welcomed her into the fold, students inspired her to join.
First grade teacher Denise Halgren and her husband Dave became Lions “because our daughters inspired us with all their community service with the Leos.”
Their daughter, Megan Halgren, will lead the Leos as president in 2012-2013, along with Vice President Alexander Freshour, Treasurer Madeleine Newberry and Secretary Erika Howard. Megan has achieved her 80-hour pin.
The charter officers of 2011-2012 included President Kara Edge, Vice President Sarah Ford, Treasurer/Activities Coordinator Megan Halgren and Secretary Emily Cavinder.
There were 56 who received pins at a ceremony April 19, with a reception afterward in the Performing Arts Center.
At the first official meeting after the Leos organized in October, there were 41 members, compared to 122, of whom 114 completed at least three hours community service. Six hours qualifies for a pin and certificate.
The club logged 1,898 hours performing 55 projects and activities, such as White Cane Week, courtyard beautification for high school graduation and spring read aloud at the Primary School.
Coming up are the Memorial Day parade, Camp Leo in June and Kiddies Day at the Cass County Fair.

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