— Chairman Leslie Campione
, commissioner for Lake County District 4, will be honored with the Maxine Bentley Leadership Award for Florida Girls State during a meeting for the American Legion Post 41 and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 41 on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at the American Legion, 101 N. Bay St., Eustis. A potluck will begin at noon and the award ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. There will be a short program for Girls State and Boys State, youth-civic organizations.
The award was issued to Leslie Campione on June 25, 1981, while she was in high school – but incidentally, she never received it, and the certificate was recently recovered.
“I am honored that they will be presenting the award to me after all these years,” said Campione. “As a youth enrolled in the program, I learned so much, and it helped prepare me for my future, and in turn, my service as a county commissioner.”
At the same meeting, Jenna Jones, Rylan Romano and Jonathan Goehring, all seniors at Eustis High School, will share their experiences this past summer as the American Legion Post’s designees for Boys and Girls State in Tallahassee.
American Legion Auxiliary Girls State is a nonpartisan program that “teaches young women responsible citizenship and love for God and Country.” Since the inception of the Girls State program in 1937, nearly 1 million young people have had the opportunity to learn firsthand how their state and local government works. To learn more, visit www.boysandgirlsstate.org.
For more information about the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 41 Girls State Program, contact Jean Marie Kleven at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-742-1564.