SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ — The Princeton Lions Club held its annual recognition ceremony for graduating youth members of the South Brunswick Leo Club on June 26.  

Due to the pandemic and constraints on in-person gatherings,  this day was also utilized to recognize the participation of community members and Lions in Project Sewing Warriors.

Lions Clubs International (LCI) is the world’s largest service organization, with more than 1.4 million members serving around the world. The core service framework of Lions worldwide  are vision, diabetes, hunger, environment and childhood cancer. Lions Clubs work together globally to combat those specific issues.

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Leo Club is the youth arm of LCI, consisting of 130,000 members in 150 different countries. Leo Clubs support their parent organization and serve alongside them to combat these issues in their neighborhoods and communities. The core tenets of Lionism rests on their motto "We serve."

The Alpha Leos are the younger members of the association. The South Brunswick Leo Club is an active community service organization for younger members between the ages of 12 and 17. The club was founded in 2015 and since then they are engaged and invested in serving this community with their participation in National Night Out, performance at the Senior Center, helping South Brunswick Food Pantry,  South Brunswick Social Services Adopt-A-Family Program. Last year, they held their biggest fundraiser for diabetes by organizing the LEO- 5K Run For Diabetes. The guest of honor for the evening was Councilwoman Archana Belu Grover along with District Governor Elect Lion Kevin Kosobucki and Past District Governor Lion Dawn Kosobucki. The club also recognized South Brunswick Public Library Director Chris Carbone for his unwavering support to this club since its inception.

Club advisor Lion Bina Mehta in her speech expressed her gratitude for Carbone permitting the club to use library premises and resources to help Leo Club members achieve their end goals. Leo Sarang Mohaniraj, Leo Archana Ramkumar and Leo Ronit Thummaluru, all students of South Brunswick High School and longstanding members of the club, each were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation along with gifts and hand made cards from their fellow Leos. The South Brunswick Leo Club board election results for the year 2020-21 were also announced and the new board was installed by DGE Kevin Kosobucki.
Project Sewing Warriors’ mission was to protect the most vulnerable and those who were on the frontline. PSW produced over 2,500 handmade cloth masks over a period of 8 weeks and each one of them thus far have been distributed and donated. Please visit their Facebook page to read more about this project. Princeton Lions Club presented  the sewing warriors with a certificate of appreciation  for their hard work, skills and commitment to serve this community. The community members and Lions recognized on this day were Kimberly Donaldson, Deepa Nagpal, Thanh Buono, Manu Bhatnagar, Shubha Kamath, Anila Mehta and Dipri Dharia. The project was spearheaded by Princeton Lions Club president Subarna Sahni.

Earlier in the month, Princeton Lions Club also made a donation of $1,000 to Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center as part of a $10,000 front line relief grant money received by Lions Clubs International District 16 J. District Governor Linda Banks made the presentation on behalf of the District to Danielle Oveido. The foundation has approved 68 grants with a combined total of $844,802 in the United States alone as part of its COVID-19 relief efforts across the nation.