Being a student at Grenfell Campus is allowing Hannah Jenkins to stay in close touch with an organization dear to her heart.
The 19-year-old Ontario native moved around a lot growing up because her parents are Salvation Army officers, who are assigned new posts every three or four years.
She spent a few years in Pasadena where she was president of the Leo Club before moving to Corner Brook in September to pursue studies at Grenfell Campus.
She was quick to come on board when several Lions Clubs were interested in seeing a Lions Club established at Grenfell.
Before long the Stephenville Lions Club took the lead role in helping Grenfell get a club started.
Jenkins was happy to be able to get involved with a Lions Club because she believed it would be a smooth transition from being involved with the Leo Club, the youth equivalent of Lions Club, in the role of president.
Members of the Stephenville Lions Club held an information session at one of the lecture rooms at the college a few weeks back and 33 students at Grenfell Campus signed up as members.
“I think a lot of things grow so to have that number initially is amazing in my opinion,” Jenkins said.
To be a member of a Lions Club a person has to be 20-years-old, but the Grenfell Campus club has special status because it is aimed at helping the student body so there is no age requirement in place. The only condition attached to being a member is that a person has to be a student at Grenfell.
Jenkins is glad she didn’t have to wait a year to become involved with a Lions Club in the city and she’s looking forward to putting off a number of events designed to make life better for the students.
While the club is still in the baby stages, Jenkins and company aren’t wasting any time making an impact at Grenfell.
The first event for the club will take place Monday with a movie night with proceeds going to the Grenfell Campus Food Bank. The movie Poltergeist will be playing and there will be refreshments for sale and people can donate money or food items to the cause.
“The campus food bank is aimed at helping students who are struggling,” she said.
Jenkins said the goal is to spend monies raised through the club on things that would benefit the students on campus. She said there are so many things needed and the plan is to keep all donations within the campus, but every now and then the club may go outside and put off an event for something like diabetes awareness.