By Jane Collins, Secretary
Maben Lions Club
MABEN — This year the Lions of Mississippi Girls Leadership Conference was held at Roosevelt State Park on March 10, 11 and 12. Maben Lions Club sent two girls, Baily Powell and Aleah Graham, as our representatives.
Bailey is classified as a junior in high school and she is homeschooled. Baily went last year to Girls Leadership and was chosen to go a second year. Aleah is a sophomore at Starkville High School and is the daughter of Rose and Robert Graham, Rose being a member of the Maben Lions Club.
On March 28 Bailey was able to come to visit our club during lunch at Trace-Way Restaurant and give us a thorough report of the activities she participated in during the conference. She described hearing Miss Mississippi encourage the girls to be leaders who make a difference for society. The girls were treated to a vocal number by Miss Mississippi that was amazing. Bailey also told about a representative from the Mississippi attorney general’s office, Paula Broome, who spoke about the dangers of cyberbullying and teen date violence. Rene Davis of the Green Dot Program talked to the girls about promoting safety in society by speaking up or trying to prevent danger when you see something that doesn’t seem right to you. One fun activity that taught teamwork and creativity was the “design a dress using newspaper.” She showed the group pictures of all the created fashions and her own groups’ efforts. There was also a talent contest and a girl in Bailey’s cabin won. All in all she made many friends from all over the state.