ASPLEY Leo Club member Jesse Pascoe has been named Queensland Leo of the Year.
He represented Brisbane in the Queensland State Leo Council competition, which considers the Leos' participation in community service, leadership activities and public speaking.
Jesse, 21, won both the state title and Best Public Speaker.
Aspley Leo Club advisor Des Sawyer, who is also a member of Aspley Lions Club, said Jesse was committed to serving the community.
"He has demonstrated this by organising Children of Courage awards where children with disabilities and their siblings are rewarded for their efforts.
"He also organised, and was quiz master at, a trivia night.
"Jesse says serving the community through Leos and Lions Clubs International is one of the most rewarding activities he has undertaken.”
Jesse will now represent Queensland in the national final of the Leo of the Year quest to be held in Hobart in May.
Mr Sawyer said Aspley Lions and Leos were 'over the moon' at Jesse's win.
"We are so proud of Jesse. He's a wonderful young man, a modern-day gentleman who cares for other people.
"There are about 1000 Leos in the state and about 55 clubs, so this win is a feather in his cap.”
Jesse was a foundation member of Aspley Leo Club when it formed in July 2013.
The club has 21 members from Bracken Ridge to Stafford and caters for youths from 15-25 years.
It is looking for new members and anyone interested can attend a BFF (Blanket, Food and Friend) picnic event in Pine Rivers Park, 125 Gympie Road, Strathpine on Saturday, March 25 from 3-6pm.
Mr Sawyer said Leos was a great service organisation.
"Leo stands for Leadership, Experience and Opportunity,” he said.
"The types of things we have done is raise funds for Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation; we have raised $2000 in the last year.
"We also sell strawberry ice-creams at the Ekka for The Prince Charles Hospital.
"Leo members also do clean-ups in local parks and help feed the homeless.”
For more information about Aspley Leo Club contact Des on 0419 797 300 or search for the club on Facebook.