The Autism Program of Easterseals has partnered with the Rockford Noon Lions, to start a club of their own for individual's ages 14 to 30 with special needs along with their peers. The new club is called the Parkview Pride Leo Club. The Leo Club's objective is to provide the youth of the world with an opportunity for development and contribution, individuality, and collectively: as responsible members of the local, national, and international community. The structure of this Leo Club is the only one of it's kind in the United States.

The Leo Club motto is:

  • Leadership - Develop skills as a project organizer, time manager and team leader
  • Experience - Learn how teamwork, cooperation, and collaboration can bring exciting changes to your community and the world
  • Opportunity - Make friends and fell the rewards of community service

They held their first informational meeting in September and have another meeting tonight at 6pm at The Center for Hearing and Vision. The Leo Club has already selected their board and have selected some service projects. They are also in the process of designing their T-shirts to wear to meeting and other events in the community.

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Their first service project is where they need our help. The Leo Club is collecting plastic caps from any type of plastic bottle (milk, water, soda, prescription, ect.) They are collecting these plastic caps to make them into functioning benches to be donated through out the Rockford community. It takes about 600 pounds to make one bench. So they're gonna need us to help them collect a lot of caps!

Again The Leo Club has a meeting tonight starting at 6pm and another one in December. The meeting in December will be a charter meeting. It will be a recognition meeting with speakers from Easterseals, Lions Club, Leo Club Reps, and someone from the club. The majority of the clubs meetings will be held at the University of Illinois-Rockford. Otherwise they will be out doing community service.

You can find them on Facebook here. If you have any questions about the Leo Club or where you can drop off your plastic caps, please call Lori Davie at 815-395-5566.