2009-04-22 / Campus

Moreno named Lion Young Ambassador

Mitsy Moreno, a senior at Early County High School, was named the 2009 Lions Young Ambassador for District 18-C at the Lions of Georgia District 18-C Convention held Feb. 28 in Lake Seminole State Park in Seminole County.

Moreno was sponsored by the Early County LEO Club and the Blakely Lions Club in this event. She also serves as the president of the Early County LEOs. Accompanying Moreno were Blakely Lions President Bradley Grantham, Early County LEO sponsor Sheila Sumner and Young Ambassador Chair Chris Sumner.

The Lions Young Ambassador of the 21st Century program was established to recognize youth for outstanding community service involvement, leadership accomplishments, public speaking skills and scholastic achievement. An active participant and leader in a variety of school, community, and church services events, Moreno challenged the Lions to be an "Everyday Hero" by serving and giving back to others because you have received as well" and to become more involved in our commitment to serve as LEOs and Lions. Lion dignitaries presented the Young Ambassador Award and the $500 District Lions Service Scholarship to Moreno.

Following the awards, Past International President Jim Ervin stated, "Mitsy is an outstanding example of what a young ambassador and high achieving student is. She has been active in all areas of service - school, church, community and to our fellowman. She is also an example of what our LEO Clubs can build in our young people." Moreno also received a $500 Young Ambassador scholarship from the Blakely Lions Club presented by Lions President Grantham. Moreno will now represent the Lions of 18-C at the State Lions Young Ambassador program at the Lions State Convention to be held in June 2009 at Jekyll Island.

The ECHS Early County LEO Club was also recognized for its third "Club of Excellence" award from Lions Clubs International, presented annually to only 25 LEO Clubs worldwide. The Early County LEOs were recognized for their outstanding service with local community projects as well as Lions' projects during the current LEO year. Acknowledgements were given to the LEOs for their participation in various events such as LEO / Lions service promotion, Southeast Guide Dogs sponsorship, Sight Night with the Georgia Lions Lighthouse, Thanksgiving and Christmas services, children's literacy and health projects, environmental services and conservation, youth leadership development, work assistance with the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind, and Young Ambassador, and Young Leaders program. The LEOs just completed serving as the Junior Luminary Chairs for Relay-For-Life. The Early County LEO Club was recognized as the most productive and most active of all District 18-C LEO Clubs by the Lions leaders.

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