October 25, 2020

Miss Teen becomes Leo Club member


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(5th from left) Miss Teen Cayman Brooke Parchment with Leo club President, Cedric Gidarisingh (4th left), and members of the Leo Club.

The Leo Club of Grand Cayman on Wednesday inducted three new members, foremost among them the recently crowned Miss Teen Cayman Brooke Parchment.

West Bay’s Miss Parchment, 15, crowned on 27 August at the Lions Centre at the 33rd annual Leo Club-sponsored Miss Teen Cayman pageant, on Wednesday recited the oath and accepted membership in the 36-year-old public-service club.

Joining as an “honorary member”, Miss Parchment was joined on the  dais by fellow inductees and “regular members” Thalia Gibson and William Peguero Jnr.

“This is the first induction for 2011/2012,” said club president Cedric Gidarisingh, calling then three from the audience and administering the oath, “and so it is a most important occasion.”

The non-profit club, founded in 1975, is the youth wing of the international Lions Club, targeting members between the ages of 18 and 30, and calls itself “the only youth service organisation that has consistently served our islands.

“Over the years the Leo Club of Grand Cayman has made numerous contributions to the quality of life and to the people of the Cayman Islands through projects and fundraisers.”

Chief among Its fundraising events is the Miss Teen Cayman Islands

Pageant, while its “signature “ project is the annual Public Beach clean up, inaugurated in 1980, and reaching its public zenith after 2004’s Hurricane Ivan.

The club also regularly aids projects of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, upgrading Miss Nadine’s Pre-School.

An acronym, “Leo” stands for leadership, experience and opportunity. The club has more than 144,000 members in nearly 140 countries.

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