Leo Club Program
Leo Program is a leading youth development program of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service club organization; it is publicly accountable to the community. The following rules are necessary to ensure that our Leos observe the highest quality and standard of the organization. When Leos observe these rules, their parents, their schools and members of the public will acknowledge the excellence of this program and will render their continuing support of the Leo activities. Leo Club if a program of International Association of Lions Club.
Lions club can provide training of youth by forming Leo clubs in local schools or community and continuously sponsoring it. Leos are a group of young people banded together to promote service activities especially among the youths.
A Leo Club must be sponsored by a Lions club, which take this programme as one of their activities for the youth. The Lions club has to pay US$100 to LCI to form a LEO club, after which the Lions club will pay a levy of US$90 yearly to LCI.
Each Leo club has:
1. A Leo Advisor who is appointed by the sponsoring Lions club.
2. In the case of a school-based, a teacher from the school acts as Faculty Advisor working hand-in-hand with the Leo Advisor.
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 they 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 been growing strong for over 50 years. Community service remains the cornerstone of the program. Like their Lion counterparts, Leo club members enjoy serving their neighbors and watching positive results unfold.
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 Purpose
To promote services activities among the youth of the communities which will develop the individual qualities of LEADERSHIP, EXPERIENCE and OPPORTUNITY.
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.
Types of Leo Clubs
1. Alpha Leo Club
– Members are Leos from the school ages from 13-18 years old.
– Focus on: Character Development, Team Building, Community service in an education context.
2. Omega Leo Club
– Members are Leos ages 18-30 years old.
– Focus on: Professional Development, Leadership Skills, International Contacts, Community service.
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