Some notes on sponsoring a Leo Club
Some of the things necessary to sponsor a
LEO CLUB are as follows:
A Lion from the sponsoring Club must act
as a Leo Advisor. This Lion will have constant contact with the Leo
officers and must be able to put in extra hours to make the Club work.
The Leo officers are required to file
certain forms to International. These are similar to our M&A reports
but are only due quarterly. It will be the Leo Advisor's job to see that
these forms are filed in a timely manner or he/she will be hearing from
The sponsoring Lions Club is responsible
for all monies to International. These include a sponsoring/charter fee
of $100 (this fee may be prorated). This fee includes the Charter, a Leo
Advisor Kit, twenty membership kits, lapel pins, and other information.
After Chartered, there is an annual fee of $90, which is also the
responsibility of the sponsoring Lions Club. There is a $5 membership
fee for each new member to cover new member kits and yes, you pay that
too. If the Leo Club wishes, it may levy its own annual dues to cover
its administration costs and the members may wish to purchase other club
products - shirts, vests, hats, etc. These expenses are the Leos'
Having served as Leo Chair for a number
of years, my only complaint is that I do not receive the Leo Club forms
in a timely manner. I often have to contact the Advisor and on a couple
of occasions, called the Leo officers directly.
Sponsoring a Leo Club is a huge
responsibility and you should feel free to contact the other Leo
Sponsoring Lions Clubs and ask any and all questions of them. If you
still feel you want to proceed, get an advisor lined up, and invite
prospective Leo members to a meeting which, if you wish, I'll attend and
try a give a more informative presentation. You are encouraged to check
out the Leo Zone at www.lionsclubs.org.
Please email or call me at (518)
863-4558 if you have any questions. Good luck and I remain..
Yours in Lionism,
District 20-Y2 LEO Chairman (2001-2002)