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.
Leo clubs are sponsored by local lions clubs and may be either school-affiliated or community based.
Leo club activities include regular meetings, service projects and social functions.
The LEO motto - Leadership, Experience, Opportunity - is fulfilled as members work together in response to the needs of others. LEO also stands for Lets Enjoy Ourselves
BALLINA HIGH SCHOOL LEO CLUB
The Ballina High School Leo Club was formed in March 2004 and chartered on 8 June 2004 with an initial membership of 20 students, two Lions advisors Lions Mary Jack & Joyce Emmett and one school advisor Ms Helen Poulos. The Club consists of a Board and general membership. The Board comprises the President, Vice President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and three Directors. Membership and Board positions are open to all students of Ballina High School. The School Leo Advisor for 2011-12 is Cliff Schwartz
Ballina High School Leo Club meets fortnightly during school terms at the lunch period with the Lions Club advisors and school advisor present. The students run the meetings, learning meeting procedures planning activities and recording minutes of their decisions. The members form themselves into two committees – Projects and Publicity and these committees meet independently of the general meetings as the need arises.
The Ballina High School Leo Club aims to benefit communities at a school, local, regional, state, national and international level. The Club members believe that their projects foster a social conscience in their members and community, one which will hopefully affect them later in life as they push for international tolerance and equality.
To meet these aims, Leos participate in a wide variety of community based activities, hoping to foster a willingness to organise and complete volunteer work. The club works closely with their sponsor, Ballina Lions Club, who is able to provide the guidance, resources and skills which they need.
Recent activities by the Leo Club include
BBQ’s to raise funds for the Victorian Bush Fire & North Queensland Floods disaster relief
Easter Raffle for SIDS
Assisting at Ballina Lions Fun Run Walk by manning water stations
Helped Ballina Lions on RivaFest BBQ
Participating in national events such as Clean Up Australia Day, Shave for a Cure, Relay for Life, Anzac Day, Red Shield Appeal, Tree planting on National Tree Day
Organised Trivia nights to raise funds for Cardiac Monitor for Ballina Hospital and school supplies for disadvantaged kids in Melemaat Primary School, Vanuatu
Donating school consumables to Medicins Sans Frontieres for children in Sudan
Car Washes to raise funds for Sunny, a RDA Horse in 2005-2007
The Leo Club currently has 20 plus members and the 2011-2012 Board Comprises
President Samantha Jeffrey
Vice President Brooke Rudgley
Secretary Freya Cubis
Assistant Secretary Casey Milne
Treasurer Ellysa Macguinly
Assistant Treasurer TBA
Directors Zac Martin, Alexander Devitt
Past Presidents of Ballina High School Leos Club:
2010 Jason Sines
2009 Gracie Astil-Torchia
2008 Brittany Carruthers
2007 Rachel Foley
2006 Leo Campbell
2005 Sally Hunt
Nov 2004 Lisa Lewins
2004 (Charter President) Tegan Van Nispen