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Started in February 2023 , the new Vergennes Leo Club is the teen program under the guidance of the Vergennes Lions Club. At the first meeting on March 1, 2023 the group set goals for projects for the year and wrapped up a project to collect 500.00 worth of medicial supplies to send to field hospitals in the Ukraine, partnering with another not for profit. The first officers and student leaders of the group are ( l-r) Secretary Megan Mentzer,  Vice- President Collin Clair, and President- Ben Hargett. The group is excited to work with the community and the Vergennes Lions to help the community reach goals. Vergennes Lion Mason Charlebois and Lion Michael Davis serve as the adult mentors for the club.

Vergennes Leo's Club will hold its next regular meeting on Thursday, January 4th from 3:00-4:15 pm at Vergennes Union High School and on Thursday, March 28, 2024 in the basement of the Bixby Library. Please check out the LEO Club website at

The Vergennes Leos are the proud recepient of a 5,000 Leo Service Grant from LCIF and are working to create a building for owl rehabilitation and to reclaim some land for soft release environments with the Otter Creek Wildlife Rescue in our area. This multi step process will involve first education and then work with wildlife rehabilitators, game wardens, tree specialists and Lions and volunteers. The project is now in the final phases and in addition to the planting of the ecosystems, the owls will move into their new building on Saturday, September 30th from 9:00-10:30 am.This photo show the beginning of educational opportunities where LEOS work with rehabbers who are licensed to teach about raptors.


LEO Ben Hargett, LEO Megan Mentzer, DAR Officer Joy Minns, LEO McKenzie Flint, LEO Scout Jacobson and LEO Wilder Jacobson gather together at a recent Awards Ceremony. LEO members won local and state recognition in history essay contests and as the DAR Good Citizen.


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