By Ogar Monday
The International Association of Lions Clubs, Akpabuyo Island Leo Club has celebrated its 20th year anniversary and installed its 20th President, Leo Gloria Offiong and her Board of Directors at a ceremony held in Calabar, the Cross River state capital.
Speaking while declaring the event open, Chairman of the occasion Mr. Samuel Boniface expressed gratitude to God for those who honored the invitation praying that God grant the new President the wisdom needed for the discharge of her duties.
In her acceptance speech, the new President, Leo Gloria Offiong, said as she has been chosen to lead her trust and strength is in God’s hand, as she added: “It is a small man that stands on others; but a great man stands on God. With God as the rock on which we stand we shall not fail”.
She stated that it is now she needs the support of members, friends and well wishers to help her execute some of the projects her team has outlined for the upcoming Leo year.
Some of these projects she listed to include; donation of 10 bunk bed mattresses, clothes and food items to rescue homes for streets children in Calabar South, donation of wheel chairs to physically challenged children, scholarships to two secondary school students whose parents are underprivileged, partnership with the Leo District to organize a cancer awareness program, among others.
Earlier in her valedictory speech, the out-gone President, Leo Ruth Erinle, said the club had achieved a lot under her watch and was optimistic that her successor will break new heights.
Highlights included fund raising for the clubs activities for the year, lecture on what Leo club is and what they represent.
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