A Story of the Bear Mountain Leos


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It’s 3:55 p.m., and breathing in, you open the door entering the Sleepy Dog Café.

In the very back you see your friends sitting in a circle, drinking coffee and energy drinks, having a laugh, talking about current events — by that I mean the latest gossip. You sit next to Logan and Grace. Jennica is on the other side, Tristan and Ty are in the corner, Emiline and everyone else is in front. You reach for your drink, rich coffee runs down your throat and with a burst of energy you’re ready to take on any challenge that comes your way.

My friend Casey, also a Leo, once told me laughter makes you live longer. If that’s the case all of the Leo’s are going to live a very long time. The Bear Mountain Leo’s is a warm, welcoming and fun place for friends to get together and hang out while helping the community with our partners the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions through their community service projects.

Our job as Leo’s is to help our community. It may be that we serve at banquets, set up decorations, help out with silent auctions or set up our own community service projects. We are currently collecting old glasses and frames and printer ink cartridges to be recycled. We recently helped set up trees at Fred Meyer and Walmart for the Tree of Giving project, and we helped at the Elks Lodge making Thanksgiving baskets for the less fortunate. We also set up tables and prepped for the Eagle River Lions Thanksgiving dinner at the Lions clubhouse. Some teens from the Chugiak High School after school cooking class helped prepare the food. We are always busy, whether it’s volunteering in Eagle River or participating at Lions conventions in Juneau.

We are always accepting new members. Membership is currently at 13, a few of them are prospective members, while two are in the local NJROTC at Chugiak High School. We are always looking for more opportunities to meet someone new and have great experiences. We accept middle school through high school. Think about it this way: Volunteering is great for school — especially if you have a teacher by the name of “Top.”

If you would like to know more about our projects and organization, visit us on Facebook at Bear Mt. Leos or www.lionsclub.org or call Karen Burns, Leo Advisor at 242-1129.

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