The Bear Mountain Leos are very busy in the Chugiak-Eagle River community having fun and serving their community. A few of their projects during the last year were: vision screening at local health fairs and the Alaska State Fair, Shoe Boxes To the Troops, Supplies for Success, organize Thanksgiving baskets for 25 families, organize and wrap over 3000 gifts for local children for the Tree of Giving, Relay For Life, cancer fundraisers, the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Lions Park by filling 5000 eggs for local children, prepared 23 Easter Baskets for ARCH home (a drug and rehabilitation home for children 13-18), scholarship fundraisers; working various community event fundraisers. The Leos worked on feeding the homeless by cooking 112 loaves of holiday breads and making up 100 bags that included food items, gloves, socks and hand warmers given to the Brother Francis Shelter.

Some of the Leos’ projects are related to environmental awareness such as collecting eye glasses and ink cartridges from various areas around the community to be recycled each month. In April 2012 the Leos will be traveling to North Pole where the Aurora Borealis recycling center is for our State. They will work in the center for a day of two learning about the process of eye glass recycling.

This Leo Club has distinguished itself by receiving the International Lions Club Excellence Award, the Alaska District Governor’s Club of the Year and President’s awards. Their projects helped not only our community but troops overseas benefiting over 25,000 people. They are always willing to help others in need by being aware of where our community needs help.

If you would like to become a Bear Mountain Leo, or find out more about their community activities, please contact Leo Advisor Karen Burns 242-1129. The Leos meet every Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Clubhouse in Eagle River to plan their next community project. Saturday, Oct. 29 the Leos will have their annual membership night for Neon Bowling at the Eagle River Bowl at 7 p.m.