Once again the Hayfield Leos did a great job creating Christmas cards for our local vets.  We appreciate their hard work to make Christmas joyful for those we hold so highly in our thoughts and minds. 

Making Cards!

Finished Cards!

Accompanying Letter to Veterans


Leo Club
The Springfield-Franconia Host Lions Club currently sponsors one Leo Club located at Hayfield Secondary School. The Hayfield Secondary School Leo Club has been in existence since 1991. Leo Clubs are a youth organization of Lions Clubs International. The word "Leo" stands for Leadership, Experience, Opportunity. Leo clubs encourage youths to develop leadership qualities by participating in social service activities. They are dependent on a Lions club to sponsor and initiate a Leo club. Leo Club members are addressed as "Leos." The Leo Club is the largest youth club of voluntary character in the world, present in 140 countries with over 160,000 members. To find out more about Leo clubs click here.

The Hayfield Secondary School Leo Club activities have included: cleaning and sorting eyeglasses from the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center, making Holiday cards for military personnel, organizing food drives to support the Capital Area Foodbank, providing assistance at a local soup kitchen and making candy cane reindeers for a nearby shelter for the holidays.  The club is always for looking for additional members so that they can provide even more service to the community. 

Hawk Flight Activity Fair

On August 18, 2022, HSS held the 1st Annual Hawk Flight Activity Fair, a fun and unique opportunity for HSS to hit the ground running this year for all of its clubs and organizations. Hawk Flight Fair was designed as a way to get HSS clubs or organization information out to HSS students and families.  Chris Poston, the SF Host Lions HSS Leo Counselor, Jack Mika, HSS Faculty Leo Advisor, and HSS Leo members were present to answer questions and explain the important details of the club and help HSS students and families see the value in participating with HSS Leos.  Leo representatives and Lion Chris Poston explained Leo Volunteer opportunities, the origin and purpose of the club and handed out Leo Form 50As to interested students and parents.  Hopefully, their activities will lead to a surge in membership and participation. HSS Leo Club handed out more than 50A, ALPHA APPLICATION FOR LEO CLUB MEMBERSHIP forms.  We worked about 4 1/2 hours interacting with visiting students and parents.  Click here for the 50A, Alpha Application for Leo Club Membership form.

See what fun it was! Chris Poston at the Fair. LEO helpers at the Fair.

Elementary School Support
The club has partnered with Lynbrook, Garfield and Crestwood Elementary Schools in Springfield, VA to provide assistance to low-income students and families by purchasing school supplies, shelving for backpacks and coats, books for the summer reading program and snacks to take home on weekends and holidays. Club members and supporters also built steps leading from the school parking area, down a hill to the sidewalk leading into the school enabling teachers and parents to make it safely to the school.

Bland Music Competition
The James Bland Music Competition encourages youths from area schools to compete in the areas of Vocal and Instrumental music. The contest is held at the Club, and Region, and District levels with the winners competing at the State Convention. Monetary scholarships are provided to the winners at all levels, culminating in a top prize of $2000 for the State winner in each category.

Outstanding Service Award
Each year the club provides two $1000 awards to seniors at local High Schools in recognition of continued service to the commuinty and academic excellence. These awards were started in 1997 in honor of Leonard and Eleanor Johnson. Leonard Johnson was a distinguished member of the club and Eleanor was active in many community activities. 

Boys and Girls State
Each year the club sponsors one local boy and girl to attend Virginia Boys State and Girls State conventions sponsored by the Springfield American Legion. These conventions provide an opportunity for youth to obtain an understanding of government processes and learn how to be better citizens and leaders.

District Activities
The club also supports district activities including:

  1. The annual Peace Poster Contest that was created to give young people the opportunity to think about world peace and express what it means to them; and
  2. The  Virginia Lions Youth Camp which is a free camping facility available to any youth group accompanied by adult leaders and supervisors.
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