Australian Leo, Joel Cashman, has been awarded the prestigious International Leo of the Year Award.
The medallion and certificate award is given out annually by the Lions Clubs International Board of Directors to high achieving Leos.
To be eligible Leo’s must demonstrate outstanding leadership skills; have a superior record implementing successful service projects; contribute to the development and growth of the Leo Club Program; achieve distinction in community or school activities outside of Leos; and demonstrate high ethical standards and personal integrity.
Leo Chair Martin Peebles said that Joel is an outstanding member of the Lions family having served as a Club Treasurer, Vice President and Membership Chair of Tropical North Leo Club.
“Joel has also participated in many community service projects including Thank You Water, a project that develops water projects in developing nations.
“Through his ongoing dedication and commitment to Lions it is evident that Joel is a present and future leader, and a very worthy winner of this award,” Mr Peebles said.
The Lions Clubs International Leo Program extends to over 6,500 Leo Clubs worldwide.
In Australia there are 112 Leo clubs with more than 1900 Leo members.
Leo clubs are sponsored by local lions clubs and may be either school-affiliated or community based.
Leo club membership is open to young men and women between the ages of 12 and 30. Membership is divided into two groups- school based Leos are generally between the ages of 12 and 17 while community based clubs are open to anyone aged 12 – 30.
To find out more about Leos please visit http://lionsclubs.org.au/activities/youth/leos/about-leo-clubs/