What is a LEO Club?
LEO Clubs are a youth organisation of Lions Clubs International. The word LEO stands for Leadership, Experience and Opportunity.
The objective of LEO Club is 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. Within Kingsbury Lions Club, we are looking at expanding this area of our activities.
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 colours, maroon and gold to serve as the LEO club colours. 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 clubs encourage youths to develop leadership qualities by participating in social service activities. They are dependent on a Lions club to sponsor and initiate a Leo club. LEO Club members are addressed as "Leos." They conduct various projects in the fields of health care, elders, children, literacy and education, and self-development. Leos can raise funds by conducting fund-raising projects. They can conduct projects with another LEO club, sponsoring Lions club, or with an outside organization. LEO clubs are sponsored by Lions clubs and comprise an official program of Lions Clubs International.