Lions District 201C1 South Australia

Australia, Papua New Guinea & Norfolk Island

Leo Clubs

Leo clubs are an official activity of Lions Clubs International that encourages young men and women to serve others in their community and around the world.

What’s in it for me?

Hornsby Leos

Hornsby Leos Kick a Goal for Kids Charity Dinner

What’s In it for the Community?

Typical Leos Projects

Typical Leo projects include Hearing, Environment, Citizenship, Drug Awareness, Public Service, Youth Welfare, Youth Exchange, Health, School Support, Save Sight and Spotlight on Children.

Who Benefits from Leo Clubs?

Young People:

The Sponsoring Lions Club:

Who Can Be a Leo?

Leo club membership is open to young men and women between the ages of 12 and 28. Membership is divided into two groups, the school based Leos are generally between the ages of 12 and 17 whereas the community based clubs have members ages 18-28. Young people of high moral standards who wish to serve others are eligible to become Leos. School administrators, Lions, friends of Lions and community leaders can provide names of potential members. Candidates may also be recruited through public announcements.

What is the Leo-Lion Relationship?

The success of a Leo club depends on a close partnership with its sponsoring Lions club. The Lions’ role is to offer support, guidance and counsel while the Leos are responsible for planning and implementing their own activities, financing their projects and maintaining the smooth operation of the club. Leos have their own club officers and constitution.

The Leo club advisor (a member of the sponsoring Lions club) serves as the chief liaison between the Leo and Lions clubs. Duties of the advisor include offering constructive suggestions to the Leos, reporting on their activities to the Lions club and promoting a cooperative relationship between the two clubs.

The Privileges of Leo Membership?

As a sponsored activity of a Lions club, Leo clubs are entitled to many services and benefits offered by Lions Clubs International. Information and club materials include new member kits, guides for service activities, leadership aids, ideas for fundraising, club supplies and international newsletters. Leos can participate in the annual Lions Clubs International Convention, attending their own functions. Leos are also entitled to receive official awards and recognition for their achievements.

Because of the international scope of Leo clubs, members enjoy the global identity of a worldwide organization. International programs such as club twinning, youth exchange and youth camps enable Leos to connect with and learn from other young people around the world.

What About School-Based Clubs?

Leo clubs can be formed in state or private schools. The supervision by the sponsoring Lions club is exercised in full cooperation with the school authorities. The Leo club is subject to the regulations and policies established for all student organizations and activities. A faculty advisor, usually a member of the school’s staff or administration, serves as a liaison between the school and Leo club. The faculty advisor also works closely with the Leo club advisor.

How Do We Begin?

If Lions club members are interested in sponsoring a Leo club, visit the Resources page for handbooks and information on how to run a Leo Club.

Leo Membership

When you join Leos you become a member of a worldwide organisation with more than 5500 Leo Clubs and a membership in excess of 140,000 operating under the sponsorship of Lions Clubs in 138 nations.

In Australia and Papua New Guinea there are currently over 1400 Leos who are members of 68 Leo clubs. These Leo Clubs have proud records of Achievement in all areas of service to their local communities. All of our clubs provide ample opportunity for their members to learn and to be involved.

How Much Time will it take?

Your involvement in Leos depends on the amount of spare time you can afford.

Leo Club Objects

Participation in the Leo Club Program enhances the lives of young people. As active community members, Leos learn the true meaning of the Leo club motto – leadership, experience and opportunity.

Join Leos

To Join a Leos Club, is by Invitation. If you are interested in joining a Leos Club please fill in our form on the Lions Australia Join Lions page. The form goes to our National Office and is then forwarded on to a District or Lions Club in your area.

Spotlight on Children

Spotlight on Children is the international project for Leo Clubs, providing Leos with ways to help children, such as collecting food and clothes for children in need, repairing a playground, implementing an after-school tutoring program, visiting children in a hospital or fundraising for immunization programs. More details are in the brochure available on our Reources page.

Leo Club Twinning

Several Leo clubs around the world are interested in forming a relationship with a club in another country. This is known as club twinning. Contact a club directly using the details on our Leo Twinning page.


The first Leo club in Australia was formed at Ingham in 1968. There are now 72 Leo clubs in Australia with over 62 school-based clubs. The Leo Program has grown to include more than 144,000 Leos in over 139 countries.

Forty-one years ago, Coach Jim Graver started the Leo ball rolling. Chances are, that ball was a baseball. Back in 1957, Graver was the coach of the Abington High School, Pennsylvania, USA, baseball team. Graver was also an active member of the Glenside, Pennsylvania, Lions Club. With fellow Lion, William Ernst, Graver talked about starting a service club for high school boys. “The Kiwanians had their Key Clubs and the Rotarians had their Wheel Club (since changed to Interact Clubs),” Ernst is quoted as saying in an October 7, 1976 newspaper article in The Evening Bulletin.

So they asked their fellow Lions for support. Without hesitation, the Glenside Lions agreed that a Lions youth group was a good idea. Graver and Ernst set to work. ”We needed a nucleus, a group of kids to start with,” stated Ernst. “So we got Jim’s son to come to the first meeting with his whole baseball team.” Nine sophomore, junior and senior boys joined the group of 26 baseball players. Together, the 35 teens formed a club. On December 5, 1957, the Glenside Lions presented a charter to the Abington High School Leo Club.

As the world’s first Leo club, the group created the Leo acronym – Leadership, Equality, Opportunity (Equality was later changed to Experience.) And, the group chose maroon and gold – their school colors – to serve as the Leo club colors. Other Lions clubs soon began organizing youth service clubs and in 1967, Leo clubs were adopted as an official program of Lions Clubs International.

For more Information please visit the Leo Website