About Leo Clubs

Through the Leo Club Program, young people serve as positive agents of change within their communities. These young leaders develop valuable leadership skills, make new friends and have fun.

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 Motto

Leadership – Develop skills as a project organizer, time manager and team leader.

Experience – Learn how teamwork, cooperation and collaboration can bring exciting changes to your community and the world.

Opportunity – Make friends and feel the rewards of community service.

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.

The Leo Club Program has continued to grow within the last 50 years. Leos now constitute an international network of over 6,500 clubs in over 140 countries. Community service remains the cornerstone of the program, fostering a lifetime commitment to helping others. Like their Lion counterparts, Leo club members enjoy serving their neighbors and watching positive results unfold.


Useful Links

Start a Leo Club

Learn how to start a new Leo club in your community with six steps.

Organize a new Leo club.

Projects and Activities

Get ideas for Leo service activities and projects.

Learn more about Leo Projects and Activities.

Leadership Opportunities

Develop your leadership potential through involvement in local, national and international opportunities.

Learn more about Leadership Opportunities.

Leo Club Advisory Panel

The Leo Club Program Advisory Panel is a communication vehicle for Leos and Lions to share their ideas about the Leo Club Program with Lions Clubs International.

Learn more about the Advisory Panel.

Awards and Recognition

Lions Clubs International offers various rewards to recognize Leos and Lions active in the Leo Club Program.

Learn more about Awards and Recognition.

Leo to Lion: Become a Lion

Graduating Leos, between the age of legal majority and through the age of 30, receive special benefits through the Leo to Lion Program.

Learn more about Leo to Lion benefits.