Columbus Grove LEO Club members were honored last week for their first place selection in Ohio. (Nancy Kline/Putnam Vidette)
Columbus Grove LEO Club members were honored last week for their first place selection in Ohio. (Nancy Kline/Putnam Vidette)
COLUMBUS GROVE – Eighty members of the Columbus Grove LEO Club can proudly say they are state champions this year. The club members not only LEO Club of the year for District 14-!, they were also recipient of the State LEO Club of the Year.

Speaking last Tuesday May – during the annual Columbus Grove Lions/LEO dinner, ‘former state LEO governor spoke of his excitement when he learned the Columbus Grove club was among the finalist.

He admitted he was thrilled when the Columbus Grove high school students won the state award.

It has been a busy year of service for members of the CG LEO Club with Tanya T. Best as their Club advisor.

They have been involved in numerous community projects, school projects, fundraisers and even a special Easter Basket project at St. Rita’s

“It might have been our most appreciated endeavor of all-time,” Best said of the St. Rita’s service projects. Several club members volunteered time during Easter weekend to deliver 40 baskets to patients at St Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. The baskets had been filled by LEO members with candy, a stuffed animal, hand lotion and a plant.

LEO Club members also were part of an “Adopt-A-Grandparent program in conjunction with Hilty Home in Pandora. The students were paired with residents at the home to visit with at least once per month. They also did Christmas caroling at Hilty Home.

Their annual “Adopt-a-Family Christmas drive with Allen County Children’s Services also proved to be a successful program sponsored by the LEO club members.

“This year we were able to purchase all of the requested gifts for a family of five, provide them with a full Christmas meal, winter coats for each family member, twin beds and new dresser/wardrobe furniture,” Best said.

The high school students also took time out of their busy schedules to assist with the Salvation Army Bell ringing over the holidays, Putnam County Friends of the Library Craft Show, Monte Carlo Night dinner to kick off the Columbus Grove sesquicentennial and held a bake sale to aid a family adversely affected by a house fire.

In addition to these community activities the LEO members also did bi-weekly recycling of paper products in cooperation with Putnam County Recycling, held a Christmas talent show to raise money for Breast Cancer Research, and hosted a paper show sale to raise money for juvenile diabetes, collected glasses for a student who was going on a mission trip to Bolivia.

The LEO Club members also took first place in a county-wide video contest, distributed to bring awareness on the topic of depression in teens.

Student mentoring, elementary reading programs flat raising, and assisting with the Eyes with Pride Band contest are only a few of the many of the volunteer hours given by the LEO members as service back to their community and school.