By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

 GRAPELAND – The city of Grapeland and Houston nave a new service organization after the Grapeland Leo Club was officially chartered during a luncheon held at the Grapeland Event Center on Saturday, Sept. 22.

The program was called to order by Lions Past District 2X-3 Governor Joe Holman who said, “This is the greatest thing a District Governor, Past District Governor or anyone can do. That is installing new members or installing a new club, in this case a Leo Club.”

Holman thanked the Grapeland Noon Lions Club for their assistance in the matter and said he hoped everyone had fun during the ceremony.

The Leos had previously met to elect officers and elected: Cierra Espinoza as president; Stacy Perez as vice president; Sarah Stiffley as secretary; Kaylee Francis as treasurer; Wesley Shaw as chaplain; and Nia Hatfield as Leo District VP.

Other charter members include: Haley Boehm; Cadie Currie; Arionna Davis; Gavin French; Keaundra Harris; Jacob Hatfield; Kaleb Hatfield; Caden Hyatt; Michael Minter; Brianna Nunez; Dylan Padgett; Gaven Salmon; Gracie Shaw; Cierra Simon; Cameron Taylor; Rebecca Thornsbury; and Amber Wolfe.

After inducting two members of the Leos who had prior commitments, Holman commented, “Not only are you the future of Lions, but all the Leos are the future of this country. I know you will live up to it.”

Special recognition was given to June Springfield who was instrumental in helping to organize the Leo Club in Grapeland.

According to the Lions Club International website, the Leo Club objective Is “… to provide the youth of the world with an opportunity for development and contribution, individually and collectively, as responsible members of the local, national and international community.”

The Leo motto stands leadership, experience and opportunity.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.