LEOS CLUB PROJECT
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
With Ballina High School and Southern Cross High School combining in 2018 to form a new super school - Ballina Coast High School, the two Leo Clubs combined to become Ballina Coast High School Leos Club effective 1 July 2019. Ballina High Leos Club was closed down and Southern Cross High Leos Club was renamed Ballina Coast High Leos Club. Both Ballina Lions and Ballina East Lions Clubs jpointly sponsor the new Leos club with a coordinator from each club appointed to liaise with the Leos Club.
The original 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.
Ballina Coast 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 Coast 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 sponsors, Ballina and Ballina East Lions Clubs, who are able to provide the guidance, resources and skills which they need.
Some 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
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