About The Leo Club

Leo Club Objective

To provide the youth of the world with an opportunity for development and contribution, individually and collectively, as responsible members of the local, national and international community.

Leo Club Motto

Leadership – Develop skills as a project organizer, time manager and team leader.

Experience – Learn how teamwork, cooperation and collaboration can bring exciting changes to your community and the world.

Opportunity – Make friends and feel the rewards of community service.


Leos Club of La Habra

     Meeting place: La Habra Community Center

     Meeting Day/Time: 6:30 PM, every other Monday

For more information on the Leo's please email Lions, Lisa Sanchez at & Patty Matamoros at

Leo’s Corner

Nowadays when someone talks about community service, it is often thought of as what a judge orders during sentencing or something that looks good on a college application.  My name is Race Dibble, and as a 15-year-old sophomore attending Sonora High School, I look at community service differently.

During September 2013, my friend turned me on to a new club for teens called the “La Habra Leos”, and I thought it sounded like a perfect opportunity to get involved in community service.  When the Leos had their next scheduled meeting, my friend and I attended it accompanied by my parents.  After the meeting, we all agreed that joining the Leos would afford us great opportunities to be involved with our community.  In just this short period of time, I have worked at football games selling funnel cakes for fundraising as well as La Habra’s first Oktoberfest and the 4th annual Lion’s Pastafest, assisted during Hoopstarz basketball games helping people with special needs to play their winning games, sang in a Christmas Chorus at several retirement homes and a veteran’s hospital, and participated in “work parties”.  These are scheduled events when the Leos get together with the Lions to work at places that require cleaning and/or maintenance and when there is definitely more work involved than partying.  

I believe in the Leo’s organization and actively encourage others to join.  This organization has changed the way I live and learn by giving me the sense of responsibility that every teenager may not always want but eventually needs.  I have not only been lucky but privileged to have our advisor Alyce Lubs, and board members Jazzlyn Hoffman, and Victoria Villarreal on my side throughout this adventure.  Plus, in the short time since becoming a Leo, I have been given the responsibility of Donations Chairman to deliver canned and boxed goods collected at each of our meetings to donate to the Resource Center and was recently appointed Secretary to keep meeting minutes and present quarterly progress reports. 

Being a Leo is not all about promotions and jobs.  It is also about teamwork and the friendships that we all create from being part of this organization and these collaborative events.  Nothing compares to the sense of accomplishment we feel in completing projects together that help our community and letting those who need our help know that we are here for them.  Serving our community as Leos does not mean doing things we have to do; instead, it means proudly doing things we get to do to help others. 

Race Dibble, Secretary
La Habra Leo Club

Leo Club History

Coach Jim Graver started the Leo ball rolling in 1957 and chances are that ball was a baseball. Graver was the baseball coach of the Abington High School in Pennsylvania, USA and an active member of the Glenside Lions Club.  With help from his fellow Lion, William Ernst, the first Leo club was charted on December 5, 1957.

As the world's first Leo club, the Abington High School Leo Club created the Leo acronym – Leadership, Equality, Opportunity – and chose their school colors, maroon and gold to serve as the Leo club colors.  Later, Equality was changed to Experience.

In October 1967, the board of directors of Lions Clubs International adopted the Leo Club Program as an official program of the association.

The Leo Club Program has continued to grow within the last 50 years. Leos now constitute an international network of over 6,500 clubs in over 140 countries. Community service remains the cornerstone of the program, fostering a lifetime commitment to helping others. Like their Lion counterparts, Leo club members enjoy serving their neighbors and watching positive results unfold.

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