After spending three years as a “Leo” at Rome Free Academy, Ben McMonagle has now joined the ranks of “Lion.”
McMonagle will graduate from Wells College in Aurora with a degree in economics and business management in May 2022, and is now a full-fledged Lion with Rome Lions Club.
While still in high school, McMonagle became interested in the Leo Club through his older sister, Abby. He got involved in some of the events and enjoyed the service-oriented activities so much, he decided to join.
After graduation, McMonagle attended the Rome Lions Installation Banquet. After listening to the speakers and hearing all the good things the club was doing in the community, McMonagle said he knew it was something he wanted to be a part of.
“It seemed like a logical path after my Leo service, to continue to do good in the community,” he said.
Leo is an acronym that stands for Leadership, Experience and Opportunity. Leo clubs are a youth organization of Lions Clubs International and are sponsored by a local Lions club.
Leo clubs encourage youth to develop leadership qualities by participating in social service activities. Projects support the local community in the fields of literacy and education, children, health care, visual aids and self-development.
The Rome Lions Club has had an active Leo Club for 11 years. It’s inception began in 2010-11 and current membership encompasses 40 students in RFA from 9-12 grade.
Today, the Rome Lions and Leos form a dynamic partnership.
“The Lions gain perspective and insights from the Leos whereas the Leos glean wisdom and gain access to community connections,” said Tamalin Martin, spokeswoman for Rome Lions. “Both groups mutually benefit with the real winner being the local community.”
Ben was sponsored by Zone Chair Victor Fariello and will be formally inducted into the Rome Lions Club by PDG Milledge Smith at a later date.
McMonagle’s first volunteer activity as a Lion was at the 20th annual golf tournament fund-raiser at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club in September. McMonagle saId he looks forward to many more years of service.
Those who have a heart for their community and are looking for ways to be more involved, Rome Lions Club asks community members to learn more at their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/romelionsclub/.