Leos inspired and entertained

March 11, 2017

Junior Lions from as far as Brimbank, Kerang, Cohuna, and Rochester gathered in Benalla recently for the 2017 State Leo Conference.

Junior Lions drove for hours to attend a statewide Leo conference in Benalla last week.

The event was hosted by the Benalla Leo Club and aimed to provide training, inspiration and entertainment for Leo members as well as their accompanying Lions advisors.

Attendees at the conference reached outstanding numbers and included Leos from as far as Brimbank, Kerang, Cohuna, and Rochester.

Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program chief executive officer Kim Scanlon was the guest speaker on the day.

She coached the group on leadership skills and managing a team.

Mrs Scanlon’s message to the group was to ‘‘under promise and over deliver to gain trust.’’

Anj Barker also spoke on her life experiences and how disability has affected her.

Leo clubs were also encouraged to join the fight against domestic violence by becoming White Ribbon supporters and organising awareness events in their communities.

Performances on the day included musical numbers by Paige Blaine, and a dance by Benalla-based TDA Performing Arts.

Benalla Leo Club president Jazzy Burke said she was happy to see such a good turnout from outside of Benalla.

‘‘It was great to see so many people out of the city for the conference, experiencing what the country has to offer,’’ she said.

Euroa Member of Parliament Steph Ryan supplied a taped speech on women in leadership, which was played much to the enjoyment of the audience.

Ms Ryan’s powerful talk encouraged young women to always take an opportunity when a door opens.

Benalla Leo Club is a young division of the Lions, and aims to improve the community through fundraising and volunteering.

A big thank you to the sponsors of the day: Benalla Rural City Council, Benalla P-12 College, Bertallis Alpine Breads, Lions Club of Benalla, Woolworths Benalla and Coles Benalla.

●Anyone interested in joining Leos is encouraged to email Jazzy at jazzy—

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