I first learned of the Westfield Lions Club when I was a sophomore at Westfield High School and the club chartered its subsidiary student organization, the LEO Club, at WHS. I joined, thinking I finally found the right fit for my passion for service. Five years later in 2016, I was welcomed into the Westfield Lions Club as the first LEO to Lion. I was proud of my steps, but I never expected the club to impact me in the way it has in such a short time.
Last winter, I received the Roy O. Hadley Lion of the Year award in recognition of my activity within the club during my inaugural year. I am the first woman to receive the award. On July 5 of this year, I became the first female officer to be inducted into our club, where I will serve as second vice president.
I firmly believe these are only my first few steps with the Westfield Lions Club, and I look forward to what’s to come. Our club is a branch of Lions Club International, the largest service organization in the world. The Westfield Lions Club was chartered in 1930, and it is the longest-running service organization in Hamilton County. To learn more about who we serve, visit westfieldlions.org.
My two short years with the club have been jam-packed with community service, new friendships and wonderful experiences. My fellow Lions have passed on their wisdom, humor and passion for service during my time with them thus far. I am humbled my peers trust me for this position, and I am full of excitement for what’s to come with our club.
We, as Lions, are creating leaders in our local communities. There is no substitute for leadership during these times, and I am extremely blessed to give back to my community through the Westfield Lions Club.
Anna Skinner is the managing editor for Current in Westfield and Current in Fishers. She is a lifelong Westfield resident and graduated from Westfield High School in 2013. She serves as second vice president of the Westfield Lions Club and enjoys giving back to her community. She can be reached at email@example.com.