Kai Spence of the Central Queensland Leo Club in Lions District Q4 (Rockhampton) has been awarded the title of 2021 Leo of the Year.
“The biggest benefit for me since becoming a Leo has been the relationships and the lifelong friendships I’ve developed. I have also loved seeing how this network has given others a way to grow and heal from trauma and life experiences. I was lucky enough to meet my wife through Leos. We met in high school but reconnected at Leos and now have a wonderful marriage and two beautiful daughters.”
Competing on-stage at the Lions National Convention in Canberra in May 2021, Kai impressed the judges and audience with a heartwarming presentation about his experience of becoming a father.
Kai has been actively involved in his Leo club since joining, holding a variety of roles including President, Secretary, Treasurer and Membership Chairperson.
The Leo of the Year program offers young people the opportunity to share and celebrate their passion and commitment to community service, and a platform to voice their opinions on topics close to their heart.
Over the next 12 months, Kai will travel around Australia visiting Lions Clubs with the goal of inspiring members to open more Leo Clubs.
Leo members compete at a local and state level before each state nominates a finalist to compete on stage at the Lions National Convention.
Participants are awarded points based on the following:
- Community service involvement (25%)
- Leadership and contribution to Leos (25%)
- Knowledge of Leos and Lions (10%)
- Knowledge of local and world affairs (10%)
- Impact during interview (10%)
- Public speaking (20%)