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.
Motto – Leadership: Develop skills as a project organizer, time manager and team leader; Experience: Learn how teamwork, cooperation and collaboration can bring changes to your community and world; Opportunity: Make friends and feel the rewards of community service.
Being a Leo is a great way to serve your community, develop leadership skills, and make new friends.
Sponsoring a Leo club brings new, young energy to your Lions club. Leo clubs can increase your Lions club’s community exposure, too, attracting new audiences such as young professionals and parents.
Coach Jim Graver started the Leo ball rolling in 1957. 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 1st 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 and they chose their school colors, maroon and gold to serve as the Leo club colors.
In October 1967, the board of directors of Lions Clubs International adopted the Leo Club Program as an official program of the association.
When there are 6 or more officially certified Leo clubs in a Lions district, the district governor can approve the formation of a Leo district. The territorial boundaries of the Leo district must match those of the sponsoring Lion district. All Leo districts must follow the guidelines contained in the Standard Leo District Constitution.
When there are 10 or more Leo clubs in a multiple district, a Leo multiple district may be organized. Leo membership within the multiple district must exceed 100. The council of governors must approve the formation of a Leo multiple district. All Leo multiple districts must follow the Standard Leo Multiple District Constitution.