What’s in it for me?
– Social Skills
– Self Esteem
– Decision Making Skills
– Problem Solving Skills
– Career Possibilities
What’s in it for the community?
– Creates Awareness of Community Needs
– Helps Improve community and youth relationships
– Enhances community development
– Improves quality of life for recipients and givers
– Helps the quality of life of others
– Opportunity for youth to volunteer service
Typical Leos Projects
|– Millbrae Art & Wine Festival||– Baseball Pancake Breakfast|
|– Ewastes||– Marinated Crab Feeds|
|– Millbrae Lunar New Year Festival||– Millbrae Japanese Cultural Festival|
|– Millbrae Arbor & Earth Day||– Tour de Peninsula|
|– Millbrae Car Show||– Mills Mania|
|– Millbrae Relay for Life||– Millbrae Halloween Carnival|
Who Benefits from Leo Clubs?
Participation in Leo activities and projects helps young people prepare for the future by developing leadership, organizational and social skills. Members experience increased self-esteem and personal growth as they meet challenges and accept responsibilities.
By volunteering their time and talents for the benefit of others, Leos learn firsthand the value and rewards of service. Leo club involvement can start young men and women on a lifetime of helping others.
The Sponsoring Lions Club:
By sharing in service activities, a Leo club can increase a Lions club’s effectiveness in helping others. Leo projects within the community also contribute to a Lions club’s visibility and good reputation. Working with young people can help Lions club members experience renewed interest and enthusiasm for projects and activities. If Leos are sons or daughters of Lions, club involvement becomes a “family affair”.
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. Informational 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 programmes such as club twinning, youth exchange and youth camps enable Leos to connect with and learn from other young people around the world.
When you join LEO’s 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.
The most important thing to remember about Leos is that:
– Leos help people in need.
– Leos help their club grow.
– Leos help their fellow Leos.
– Leos have lots of fun.
Our one major rule is: Family is first; school is second; sports is third; and the Leos come fourth.
Our sponsoring lions club is the Millbrae Lions Club.