Leo Clubs, a programme of a Lions Club, have participated in many outstanding activities primarily aimed at aiding the less fortunate and contributing to the betterment of their local community. Emphasizing on Leadership, Experience and Opportunity, Leo Clubs are giving young people a chance to develop into interested, involved and responsible citizens. It is the largest youth service organization in the world. Most of the Leos after leaving school, have developed into excellent leaders and organizers.
Leo Club's Objective and Motto
In October 1967, the board of directors of Lions Clubs International adopted the Leo Club Program as an official program of the association. Open to males and females, the objective of the Leo Club Program was and still 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."
The Leo club motto is:
Leadership - Leos develop skills as organizers, time managers and motivators of their peers.
Experience - Leos learn the importance of cooperation through community service.
Opportunity - Membership provides young people with a chance to excel, to develop positive character traits, and to receive recognition for their contributions to the community.
Today, the Leo Club Program is stronger than ever. Community service remains the cornerstone of the program. Like their Lion counterparts, Leo club members enjoy serving their neighbors and watching positive results unfold.
• Basic good manners are fundamental
• PROTOCOL is needed to create good decorum and a professional image
• P Pay respect to the chair
• R Recognize all guests by correct name and their title
• O Open meeting on time
• T Treat all persons on an equal basis
• O One person to speak at a time
• C Consideration for others
• O Orderly attire
• L Listen when someone else is speaking
Lion-Leo Relations Every Leo club is sponsored by a Lions club. Sponsoring Lions clubs maintain close rapport with Leo clubs. A Lion is appointed as a Leo club advisor (or co-advisor). This Lion promotes communication between the two clubs. Through this club liaison, Lions and Leos often agree to work together on joint community service projects.
Alpha Leos & Omega Leos In 2002, existing Leo clubs declared themselves as either Alpha or Omega Leo clubs. Members of Alpha Leo clubs are between the ages of 12 and the legal age of majority in their country. Omega Leo club members are between the legal age of majority in their country and an age deemed appropriate by the multiple district. All other requirements are identical for Alpha and Omega Leo clubs.All Leo clubs have been asked to declare their clubs as either Alpha or Omega Leo Clubs. Age-appropriate publications will be mailed to Alpha and Omega Leo clubs. Alpha Leo club advisors will accept a more active role in guiding young Leos to plan effective meetings and successful service projects. Omega Leo club advisors will serve mainly as liaisons between the Leo club and the sponsoring Lions club.
Membership Benefits Since 1957, thousands of young people have benefited from membership in the Leo Club Program. Some of these benefits are tangible; others are intangible. Making new friends and viewing the world through another's perspective are two of the benefits of Leo service. As community volunteers, Leos often develop confidence and organization skills through this hands-on experience. Leo club and district offices help young people develop these skills. In Multiple District 305, Pakistan, Leos participated in a leadership camp to develop motivational and organizational skills. Members of the Athens (Psichikon), Greece Leo Club participated in a Leo seminar organized by their sponsoring Lions club. Another benefit of Leo club membership is experiencing teamwork. The Bandirma (Balikesir) Leos, Turkey, organized a fundraising dinner. Proceeds from the dinner benefited children in need. In Cyprus, members of the Famagusta Leo Club worked together to create a successful car wash fundraiser. Membership in a Leo club also develops fellowship and camaraderie. One of the many activities enjoyed by the Tokai Leo Club, Republic of South Africa, is bowling. The Leos have also enjoyed attending theater events together, playing active cricket, taking hikes, and playing the Trivial Pursuit board game. As members of a worldwide organization, Leos have international benefits as well. Leos often participate in the Lions international youth camp and youth exchange programs. Leo clubs also participate in the Leo club twinning program. Recently, the Coronel Bogado "SUCA" Leos, Paraguay, twinned with the Porto Xavier Leos in neighboring Brazil.