The Belize Lions Zone 59 Cabinet Members visited the San Pedro Lions Club on Sunday, September 25th. In attendance were members: Lion Richard Castillo, Belize Lions Zone 59 Vice- Chairman; Lion Glen Espadas, Belize Lions Zone 59 Chairman; Lion Abel Guerrero, SP Treasurer; Lion Jan Brown, SP Lion Tamer; Lion Marina Kay, SP President; Lion Vianie Perez, SP Director; Lion Bonnie Musbach, SP Secretary; Lion Marisol Melhado, Belize Lions Zone 59 Secretary and Lion Salvador Alas Belize Lions Zone 59 Treasurer.

The meeting was dedicated to the awareness and importance of “LIONS QUEST”, a life skills and prevention program of the Lions Clubs International Foundation which has been implemented in more than 50 countries around the world. Lions Quest programs aim to teach young people necessary skills for everyday success. These skills include; learning to accept responsibility, communicating effectively, setting goals, making healthy decisions and resisting the pressure of the use of alcohol and drugs.

Further, the Lions Quest programs provide high-quality research-based classroom resources for teachers and age-appropriate learning material for students; present opportunities for students to learn and practice skills that build and enhance positive relationships and involves the family and community in supporting the healthy development of young people. In order to ensure the quality of the program, all educators in the program must complete a Lions Quest training workshop before they can teach the curricula and only Lions Quest certified teachers can obtain program materials.

The Lions of San Pedro have vowed to be very active in this program. They have been involved with the development of the Lions Quest at the San Pedro Roman Catholic School and in Caye Caulker sense 2005. These schools have become model schools for the country of Belize. In November 2011 a documentary will be filmed by International Lions Club to be shown worldwide. Belize has been included and both schools sponsored by the San Pedro Lion’s Club will be featured in the film. To expand this proven program, Lions Quest will be offered to all schools in San Pedro. The Club is looking for teachers interested in this program. For more information please contact: Lion Paula (Petie) Palaza at 226-4314 or Lion Baldemar Graniel at 610-2498. The San Pedro Lions Club takes this opportunity to thank the Zone 59 Cabinet for taking time out of their busy schedule to meet here in San Pedro.

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