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Humane Society starts a Youth Council

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

The Humane Society of Clinton County recently announced the formation of its Youth Council, which elected officers during its inaugural meeting on Sept. 22.

The new Humane Society of Clinton County Youth Council is comprised of 23 students from the four county high schools. They are Diana Garcia-Garcia, Rosa Villarreal, Abby Plumback, Alayna Barton, Ellie Hibbard, Ashley Campas-Hernandez, Elizabeth Contreras, Trey Haynes, Jazmine Longoria, Roxanna Sanchez, Hailey Campbell, Alyxice Belcher, Ella Riegle, Lindsey Gay, MaKenzee Smith, Taylor Brown, Owen Lucas, Megan Wilson, Emily Longenecker, Mallory Martin, Aleyna Knop, Kayce Clendenen and Parker Middleton.

“We are going to meet at least once a month,” said Nancy Elsea of the Youth Council. “They have a lot of things going in the next two months.

“They are a bunch of workaholics,” she added. “They are doing cleanup around the shelter. They are working with animals and caring for kittens. There is just a lot that they have done. These kids came, elected their officers and then they started working. It is nice to have a group of kids to do service.”

Owen Lucas was elected president of the Youth Council. Mallory Martin is the vice president, Alyxice Belcher is the secretary, Keycee Clendennen is the Facebook coordinator, and Clinton Prairie's Taylor Brown and Frankfort's Lizabeth Contreras and Ellie Hibbard are the council's photographers.

“We have had a lot of kids who want to do things for the animals,” Elsea said. “So, we talked to the board about it and got their approval. Then we sent applications out to all of the schools.”

Elsea says the Humane Society of Clinton County was overwhelmed with the response.

“I thought maybe we would get 10 kids, and we got 23,” she said. “These kids are all very busy, so we don't expect to have all 23 every time that we meet. It was a dream to get them. One of the biggest reasons we like to see kids getting involved in organizations like the Fair Council and Learning to Lead and now this is to show that later on in life it is good to serve.

“It is difficult to get board members, and I think organizations see that,” Elsea added. “Every non-for-profit has a board, and it is hard to get people to commit to serve on a board. We need kids to realize that late in life they should involve themselves in the community. That is basically how we do this. Now I have a board in training to take our place.”

Elsea says the youth council has a lot of plans during what should prove to be a busy last few months of 2019. They already had members of the council sign up to help at the Oct. 22 Simple Thymes' Ornament Painting Night, the Oct. 26 Jack O' Lantern Jamboree, the Oct. 31 Trunk or Treat around the downtown square, the Nov. 30 decorating of Parkview Home and the Dec. 1 photos with Santa at Parkview Home.