The Leo club objective is to “…to provide the youth of the world (with) an opportunity for development, as responsible members of the local, national and international community.”
Leo clubs encourage youths to develop leadership qualities by participating in social service activities. Leo Club members are addressed as “Leos.” They conduct various projects in the fields of, community service and self-development. Leos can raise funds by conducting fund-raising projects. They can conduct projects on their own, with another Leo club, or with their sponsoring Lions club, or with an outside organization.
The first Leo club was founded in 1957 by Jim Graver,. He was an active member of the Glenside Lions Club in Pennsylvania, America.
In 1964 the Leo Club Program became a sponsored program of the Lions district. It grew beyond Pennsylvania and the United States of America. By 1967 the program had grown to over 200 clubs in 18 countries and become an official youth program of Lions Clubs International. In the following year, the Leo Club Program spread rapidly, more than quadrupling in size, to 918 clubs in 48 countries by the end of 1968. Now when you join Leos you become a member of a worldwide organisation with more than 6,391 Leo Clubs and a membership in excess of 159,775 operating under the sponsorship of Lions Clubs in 141 nations.