The Leo Club Program gives young people the opportunity to serve their communities and make a positive impact. They offer a great way to have fun, make new friends and develop valuable leadership skills. If you're a Lion, consider sponsoring a Leo club in your community to engage youth and get the next generation of Lions ready to serve.
Leo Club Program has a network of approximately 6200 Clubs in about 139 nations around the World.LCI provides Leos with a unique global identity. Leo Clubs are open to Young men& Women of good character of age 12 to 28 who are dedicated to make efforts to make a difference in their communities. Each Leo Club is sponsored by a Lions Club. Leo Club members elect their own officers, schedule their own meetings and execute their own fund raisers & Service Projects. Among the popular Service initiatives of Leo Clubs include Protection of the Environment, Drug Abuse Prevention, Health Education, and Educational Assistance & Social Services. Apart from that, considering the social aspects of the Leo Club Program members get to meet new young people and share experiences, values and other common interests.
Leo Club Objective
"To provide the youth of the world with an opportunity for development and contribution, individually and collectively, as responsible members of the local, national and international community."
Leo Club History
Coach Jim Graver started the Leo ball rolling in 1957 and chances are that ball was a baseball. Graver was the baseball coach of the Abington High School in Pennsylvania, USA and an active member of the Glenside Lions Club. With help from his fellow Lion, William Ernst, the first Leo club was charted on December 5, 1957.
As the world's first Leo club, the Abington High School Leo Club created the Leo acronym – Leadership, Equality, Opportunity – and chose their school colors, maroon and gold to serve as the Leo club colors. Later, Equality was changed to Experience.
In October 1967, the board of directors of Lions Clubs International adopted the Leo Club Program as an official program of the association.
Leo Club Leadership
The success of each Leo club depends on the dedication of its leaders. By accepting an officer position, youth have an opportunity to develop leadership qualities and skills. Leo club officers lead club membership development efforts and plan service activities.
Leo leaders should demonstrate integrity, possess the ability to communicate and inspire, and recognize the individual needs and interests of club members. As a Leo club officer, you will learn how to lead club meetings, build an effective team and resolve conflicts.