Look After Your Leos More than 167,000 Leos in 6,715 clubs around the world are stepping up with youthful exuberance to serve. But to thrive, Leos need Lions who can gently guide them, lend wisdom and provide uplifting recognition. Lions can consider these tips to help your Leos succeed and develop a lifelong love of service. Four Lessons from a Leo Adviser Stephen Helwig, an Athens Lion and chairperson of the District 18 I Leo Program in Georgia, has been the Clarke Middle School Leo Club adviser for more than a decade. Helwig shares insights gleaned from years of practical experience. 1) All Onboard “The Lions must all be fully behind the idea of a Leo club before voting on it. I’ve seen Lions clubs split apart because there wasn’t complete support. I also recommend a threeperson Leo committee so the adviser isn’t overburdened.” 2) Help Leaders Develop “The Lions’ primary role is to foster, nurture and guide Leos. Leos are not there just to help us with our projects—quite the opposite should be true. The Leo program is best when Leos are our partners in service.” 3) Communication is Key “There are many misconceptions Lions have regarding the nuts and bolts of a Leo club, so making sure all parties are on the same page is a big part of a Leo club adviser’s role.” 4) Forget Preconceptions “The perception of today’s youth is that they’re very selfinvolved. I’ve found this generation is looking at the world and feeling a need to improve it. And they want to see adults who care about them and are interested in how they want to serve.” Leos Speak Out How can Lions be better Leo club sponsors and advisers? Ask Leos and find out! Leos eagerly shared their tips on Facebook (facebook.com/leoclubs). Priscylla Piucco, Cocal Do Sul Leo Club, Brazil You can't invest in something without knowing it and the Leos are the Lions’ most valuable investment. So get closer to your Leos, teach them what you know, learn from them and together you will change the world even faster. Niraj Bal, Kathmandu Capital City Leo Club, Nepal Lions and Leos should have regular joint meetings so that there is no communication gap between them. Ai Lyn Irene, Penang Metropolitan Leo Club, Malaysia Listen. Listen. Listen. Jounayet Rahman Rifat, Chittagong Khatunganj Leo Club, Bangladesh Work together, exchange views and ideas. Also, past Leos should be Leo club advisers. PaoLa Dewiyanti Susilo, Bandong Liberty Leo Club, Indonesia Leo advisers must love the Leos and have good communication skills so the Lions and Leos have a good relationship. Just a Click Away: LCI Resources Find an array of tools to maximize your Leo club sponsorship at lionsclubs.org. Check out the Leo Club Program Resources Guide, Leo recognition opportunities (including the Centennial Service Certificate of Recognition, pictured) and project ideas. Follow the Leo e-news and watch for important events, such as International Leo Day on Dec. 5. And remember to help Leos become the next generation of Lions by directing them to the Leo to Lions Transfer Form. Another Word of Advice: Let Leos Lead “Once you help get the Leo club started, let the kids lead. Remember that it’s their club and not an extension of your Lions club. They may have to learn some lessons, such as electing the best leaders, for themselves.” –Lion Cheryl Kerns, Leo Club Program advisory panelist and District 17 A Leo Program chairperson in Kansas
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