A Leo Christmas story

By Maddalena Vani, Leo Chairperson for District A711

Following Santa’s visit to Kleinburg, Ontario, during the annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Santa was super impressed by the Kleinburg Leos involvement.

That night, the Leos held a silent auction for their Muskoka Chair project which raised $550 for Canadian Red Cross. (Stay tuned: The funds will be donated in the New Year.)

Later on, Santa invited the Leos to his workshop to help the elves build toys for all the good girls and boys around the world. And who would refuse an offer like that!

The Leos were inspired by the elves work and decided that they would build teddy bears and donate them to children in the GTA who could use a warm hug this holiday season. As the Leos left Santa’s village, all the elves congratulated them on their hard work and wished the Leos a happy 4th year charter anniversary (Did you know: The Leo Club charter celebration was held on December 4, 2013).

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As the Leos arrived back to Kleinburg, they trekked to Vaughan Mills and built more than teddy bears; inspiring  them to donate a symbol of comfort and warmth to The Gatehouse.

Check it out:

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Now, if you are new to Kleinburg, or don’t know the history of the Kleinburg Leo Club, you may ask, how did the elves congratulations inspire the Leos to donate to The Gatehouse? Well, back in December 2013 the Kleinburg Leo Club decided that they would do the unthinkable, and offer a snow shovelling service in exchange for donations.

The Leos thought, the snow removal service would allow them to meet residents of Kleinburg, help citizens who are unable to shovel their driveways, and fundraise

The Leos built a strong relationship with The Gatehouse that year, and in fact during the Leo’s Charter Night on December 4, 2013, Arthur Lockhart, the founder of The Gatehouse was a guest speaker. He enlightened the Leo’s guests about The Gatehouse’s mission and objective, and inspired others to do good!

After an eventful winter of snow, the Leos raised $2,520.00 and donated the funds to The Gatehouse in March 2014.

Continuing to support and honour the services and support The Gatehouse has offered youth throughout the years, the elves congratulations inspired the Kleinburg Leos to show their appreciation to The Gatehouse once again.

Did you Know: The Gatehouse provides a range of both formal and informal support and outreach to individuals impacted by childhood sexual abuse, and assists those impacted by childhood sexual abuse to reclaim their voices]. The Teddy Bears will be given out to children visiting The Gatehouse and in need of support from abuse they faced.
The Kleinburg Leo Club invites all young adults in the Kleinburg and surrounding community to come out to our next meeting on Sunday, January 14, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Kline House, or a future event!

Upcoming events/activities include:
Eyeglass donations, organizing our Dodge 4 Diabetes tournament, prom dress donations and more!

Follow us for up-to-date information, contests, volunteer opportunities and more: @kleinburgleos (Twitter/Instagram) @kleinburg.leos (Facebook)

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10 things we learned from Michelle Obama’s appearance in Toronto

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Yesterday, Alysia (KLC president) attended the talk titled “The Economics of Equality: Advancing Women and Girls to Change the World” where guest speakers included Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and the former first lady, Michelle Obama.

In a room of 3,000 people (most under the age of 24 years old) at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, the discussion mentioned women’s role in society, the workplace, how youth should use social media, self-empowerment and more.

Their words of inspiration and encouragement were so resonating, we had to share them with you. Here are 10 things Michelle Obama and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau  shared that we can all learn from:

1. Michelle Obama said, “You can’t make yourself small because other people don’t know how to be big.”
If you have ambitions, go for them. Follow your dreams and create your own path to success.

2. “We are all changemakers”- Michelle Obama
We all have the potential to inspire, uplift and be relevant.

3. We all learn differently and at a different pace. – Michelle Obama 
Just because it takes longer for you to figure out a math equation, doesn’t mean you are not good at math. Good things take time. Don’t let anyone tell say you can’t achieve something until you have given it your all.

4. Think before you tweet. 
Wise words by Michelle Obama. In the moment it might sound really good, but wait a few minutes and ask yourself if it still sounds like a good idea. Use social media to teach and learn– not hate and flaunt.

5. One person can’t change the world and one person can’t break the world.
After standing by Barack Obama for two consecutive terms in the White House, Michelle Obama knows all changes take a lot of time and (wo)manpower. Everything is a team effort. If we want equality, cleaner air, and more opportunity, we must work together to make it happen.

6. The person who is hateful towards you is probably suffering from their own issues and insecurities.
Now and growing up, Michelle Obama has dealt with all kinds of people and their opinions.  She says, if somebody comments negatively on your race, gender, appearance, etc., don’t take it personally. They do not know how to cope with their own faults/suffering.

7. “For those who can’t stand, we stand for them.”- Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
When someone is in pain, or when they do not have a voice, help them and be supportive.

8. “We must connect with one another. We must nourish each other’s lives.”- Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
Let’s work as a team and build stronger communities by being a stronger support system and listening to more voices who have something important to say.

9. Women and young girls: There are people rooting for you and your equality in society but you still have to put in the work. – Michelle Obama 
Fight for the things you believe in, educate yourself, let your voice be heard and don’t be afraid to take ownership or stand for the things you want and deserve.

10. Education is important. – Michelle Obama and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau 
Education is a tool that will carry you throughout your life. Learn from your teachers, your family, and your friends. Surround yourself with positive messages and people who inspire you to do good in the world.

We hope these lessons and these words inspire you to create change and have more faith in yourself and the person you are becoming.

If you care about a cause and want to make a difference, the Kleinburg Leo Club would be happy to help you.

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Muskoka chairs bringing holiday cheer

The Kleinburg Leo Club started a silent auction for those Muskoka chairs that have adorned the streets of Kleinburg for the Summer/Fall 2017.

The chairs have been painted by local artists, club members and students from Kleinburg Public School to represent Canadian traditions, customs and values for Canada’s 150th anniversary.

They will be on display at the RBC plaza all day on November 24. In the evening all community members and guests attending Kleinburg’s annual Tree Lighting will have the opportunity to bid on any of the nine chairs.

The bid will start at $100 for each chair. Bidding will begin at 6 p.m. and close at 7 p.m. Winners will be announced after the tree lighting (7:30 p.m.)**Cash or cheque will be accepted. 

This project is presented to you by the Kleinburg Leo Club and Trees 4 Kleinburg.

The proceeds we raise will be donated to Canadian Red Cross.

Check out some of the chairs below.

Thank you for support throughout the year. We hope we can make a difference in the community, just in time for the holidays.

Best Wishes and Happy Holidays!


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Happy Holidays from the Leos

We wish you a very Happy Holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Thank you to all our volunteers, donors, club members and the community for helping the Kleinburg Leo Club make a difference.

We look forward to 2017 and growing our success to help others.

For more information about new volunteer opportunities and projects in 2017, please visit http://www.e-leoclubhouse.org/sites/kleinburg/

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