Through the Leo Club Program, young people serve as positive agents of change within their communities. These young leaders develop valuable leadership skills, make new friends and have fun.
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.
Jim Graver was the baseball coach of the Abington High School in Pennsylvania, USA. He was an active member of the Glenside Lions Club and with the help from his fellow Lion William Ernst, the first Leo Club was chartered on 05th of December, 1957 which marked the start of the rolling of the Leo Ball in the world.
Being the world’s first Leo Club, the Leo Club of Abington High school created the Leo Acronym – Leadership, Equality and Opportunity and they chose their school colors, maroon and gold to serve as the Leo Club colors. Later on Equality was changed to Experience.
In October, 1967 the Board of Directors of the Lions Clubs International adopted the Leo Club Program as an official program of the Lions International.
Since 1957, the Leo Club program has been growing strong for over 60 years until now. Leos now constitute an international network of over 6,500 clubs in over 140 countries. Community service remains the cornerstone of the program. Just like their Lion Counterparts, Leo club members enjoy serving their neighbors and watching positive results unfold.