Charter LEO club Leiden, the Netherlands

Officially a member of the Leo family

Dear Leos,

People who know me from the LEF events in Germany or Estonia maybe know that at that time I was not a “real” Leo attending these Forums. This has changed! Finally, at the 17th of September 2016 we had our charter night in Leiden (The Netherlands), where Danny van der Helm and I (Joost Meijer) became official Leos. After this charter night, our Leo club Leiden Viribus Unitas, is now part of the worldwide Leo community.

During a period of two years – in which we did different Leo activities; like raising money or doing charity work, we had a lot of fun nationally in The Netherlands and internationally at LEF – we grew as a club and as individuals. For me that is the core meaning of being a Leo: growing as individuals and as a club while giving back to your community at the same time.

On Saturday, September 17th, we organised a benefit charter night for the VTV Foundation. This foundation organises leisure and educational activities for people with a mental or physical disability, while at the same time focusing on integrating people with disabilities into society. Both the VTV Foundation and us as Leos have a similar aim in our work, which is why we chose to donate to them.
We started the evening with the official parts of a charter night. There where speeches from the presidents of our club, our sponsor club and the president of the Dutch Leo board. Furthermore, we signed the Leo charter document and finally we received our Leo pin! (I bet you that we are going to wear it with pride at LEF2017)
After the official part, we held an auction, played bingo and did a lottery to raise money for VTV Foundation. Together with our guests we raised € 2.750 for the foundation. They will use this money for their summer projects in 2017.

We really appreciated the presence of many Lions, our families, friends and (inter-)national Leos at our Charter. As special thank you to Madalina Vlasie (Romania) and Sille Sarap (Estonia) for your joining us at our charter!
Now that we officially are Leos we are proud to say that we started our club in Leiden in order to give back to our community and are now standing here with a motivated growing club, ready to help the people and nature in need.

Joost Meijer, Leo Club Leiden Viribus Unitas

Service weekend within twinned Leo Clubs

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Saturday May the 7th 2016 in Giardini Naxos (Italy), the Leo Club Giardini Naxos Valle dell’Alcantara (part of Sicilan Leo District 108YB) together with Leo Club Weert Montmorency ( from The Dutch District 110CO) organised a food dive in the supermarket named Sidis. The Goal of the event was to collect food for the needy families of the Sicilian town.

“ It has been a wonderful chance to ‘’serve’’ the Giardini Naxos community and, at the same time to strenghten our 2-year-old  frendship with the guys of Leo Club Weert Montmorency with which we are very proud to be twinned with!’’ states Giovanni D’Amato, President of Leo Club Giardini Naxos VdA for the social year 2015/2016.


No language barrier could stop the Dutch Leo’s, who tried hard  (and succeded) to explain the goal of the food drive to the clients of the supermarket who supported with great generosity our initiative.

That’s the proof that the proactivity and commitment to our Leo principles goes beyond the cultural differences.


This activity has been followed by a second one within the same weekend. On Sunday the 8th of May both Clubs took part and contributed to the charity marathon “Corri Catania” , combining service and a loto of fun.

Alessandra Garufi

Member of Leo Club Giardini Naxos Valle dell’Alcantara –  MD 108YB (Italy)

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LEO ALEXANDRIA APOLLO – district 352 Egypt. Our Mega project had came to an end “RAMADAN2GO 2016” this project aims to distribute meals and food bags to poor and needy people during the holy month.

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AND YES! We did exceed our goal of reaching above 30,000 families to feed for the 16th year in a row, 34,950 meals and 3650 food bags were successfully distributed. The aim of our project is to deliver more than 1000 meal each day to Muslim people who fast during the holy month of Ramadan. We managed to collect donations, finding a kitchen to cook the meals on a daily basis along with a store to prepare the food bags and at the end deliver them to the poor and needy to their doorsteps hot and fresh.

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The Leo club and the Alpha club work together during Ramadan2go. We work as one team and we distribute ourselves into shifts between the kitchen and the store. We even offer volunteers (non members) who wish to help an opportunity to work in this mega project, so more than 300 worked this year to bring out such a success.

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Along with hard work we could never forget to entertain ourselves and keep the bond strong by preparing outings were we have Iftar together.

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We have a motto for this project which is WE ARE ONE so as you are all one of us too we thought of sharing with you this success.

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Thank you for reading,
We serve
Author: Lina hossam
D-352 EGYPT, Alexandria

Turkish National Activity “Leo Market”!

MD118 Leos choose a National Activity each year. All members of six districts carry out it at the same time of the year – mostly on National Leo Day.

This year, our National Activity was “Leo Market”. We aimed to perform it on the National Leo Day – even for the whole weekend.

Leo Market is a national activity operated by Leo Clubs to provide provision help to families in need. Our goal is providing benefit to people in need, people with incomes below or on the starvation line, by collecting provision help from volunteered people. 

Leo Market can be summarized in three steps:

Step 1: Convincing the shoppers to buy some additional stuff for the Leo Market packages.

Step 2: Collecting products bought by the shoppers and divide all into packages according to our list and wrap them up.

Step 3: Distributing the packages according to the lists of people in need with the help of local governments.

This activity is being performed by Cemenzar Leo Club every year for a long time. Therefore, former president of the club, Merve Koseoglu, was appointed as the National Activity Coordinator of MD118. Each district chose National Activity Coordinator. Those coordinators had many online meetings until the activity day. District National Activity Coordinators organized regular meetings with Leo Clubs and Leo Market staff in their districts. They organized almost everything related to the activity: logo, materials, supply lists, supermarkets and all other.

Almost all materials for the activity, such as t-shirts, caps, pens, supply boxes, stands, banners, etc. are received by sponsorships. Most of the sponsorship was given by our beloved Lions family.

On the activity day, all staff was ready in their mission point very early in the morning. Activity was held in six different cities at the same time (Istanbul-Ankara-Izmir-Canakkale-Antalya-Bursa). Since we had almost 250 staff in the country, they worked in the markets by shifts. Some staff tried to speak with people and tell about the activity and asked for support, and explained Lions in general. Meanwhile, some other Leo Market staff did the counting and packing the supply boxes.

A weekend after, the staff got together once more to deliver the Leo supply packages. We delivered Leo Market packages to headman offices and communicated with people in need.

The results of Leo Market Turkey in numbers are :

  • 2161 supply packages
  • 2161 household
  • Almost 8644 people in need
  • Donation amount to €36.000

Anybody feels interested about the activity details may check our social media accounts!

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The activity was a success story for Turkish Leos. We feel glad and thankful after all, as it reminded us who we are, why we are here and what we are aiming to do. When we, Leos, band together and be of one heart, there is almost nothing impossible. As we always said, “Together, we are stronger!”

On behalf of MD 118 Turkey

Duygu Eymirlioglu

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12583731_10153206897536097_1388156537_nThe last 8th May 2016, it was THE BIG DAY of the annual national social day of Belgium’s LEO, the NASOC.

This year, the organization of this day was entrusted to members of the Leo district C & D . Thus once a month since September  they met. 2 or 3 representatives from French club were supported by our LEO advisor of District D, Gaetan Claeys. We prepared all day for our leos clubs and associations that they support throughout the year.

We offered the possibility to discover the citadel within different activities : discover the space of Terra Nova and it visitor’s center whom explain the Namur’s history. Children and adults took the little train or discover the underground. The participants make a round on carriage ride. Other had the occasion to learn golf or circus. The children had fun at the Attractif Parc Rein Fabiola during others discover the citadel with a treasure hunt. There were activities for children and adults. For the lunch, a BBQ were organised for our participants and it was the occasion to host, receive the visit of Lions.

The NASOC committee would like to thanks all Lions club whom help us financially, materially or by giving a hand during this day.

In a few numbers, this big event let us host

14 Belgium LEO Clubs with 179 adults, 83 children, 63 teenagers

46 french leos in the organisation

30 workers for the activities

12 lions were coming to visit us

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Paris, 29th April of 2016

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Lion District D-128 organized their first Leo International Seminar in Beit Berl, Israel, from April 16th to 21st. The purpose was “A bridge to peace and brotherhood among nations”, shortly named “The Other”.

A small group of 16 people from 9 different countries all over Europe came to Israel, where local Leos reached us.

As everyone arrived at various hours, some of us had the luck to be greeted and hosted the first night by a Lion family. It was a perfect introduction to discover another culture based on sharing.

We had a wonderful program during 5 days, including sightseeing.

The opening of the seminar was at the International Institute of Leadership in the evening. We got to know our hopes and expectations for the seminar and discussed them with local Lions and Leos as part of this project such as Leo Israel representative Julian-Charben JURBAN.

On Sunday, we made a trip to Nazareth and met the Lions Israel District Governor Marwan ZEIBAK and all Lions for a celebration. They organized the designation of a square, and then we discovered Nazareth’s religious places with local Leos and our guide. This city tour brought solidarity and understanding among religions by showing us coexistence in the Galil area. We had a traditional lunch with pita, falafel and then sweet delicacies at the place where Leos of Nazareth meet. On the way back to Beit Berl, we passed by Haifa and had a look over the beautiful Bahai’s gardens and an astonishing panorama from the top of the hill. In the evening, Leos from Nazareth came to our accommodation to share a “get-together night”.

Monday was the official opening of the seminar. After greetings and a detailed overview on the program, we had a session on “Strengthening the ability to accept the other” by Lion Israel District Governor Marwan ZEIBAK and then a lecture about coexistence by the International Institute of Leadership, the place where we were hosted. We spend the afternoon at the Rabin center – Israeli museum. We learned about the history of Israel since 1922. We had to understand where they came from in order to know where they want to go and which goals they want to achieve. In the evening, weattended a cultural musical event.

Tuesday was another day of reflexion, with the Peres center for peace and some discussions around tolerance and patience. They explained us how they can use basic tools to create fascinating projects with youth from Israel and Palestine to encourage tolerance and sympathy between young kids from different cultures. After a short free time in order to recover, Ganit HODOROV gave us a really sensitive workshop based on leadership communication, with some emotional moments. In the evening, we had another traditional dinner with many different local specialities followed by a tour to old Jaffa and the Tel Aviv promenade.

Wednesday was our last whole day together. We took the road to Jerusalem and first visited the Magen David Adom center. This medical center provide daily help to citizens with a huge operating system: from 1.800 medical vehicles to smartphone applications to involve the population with 14.000 volunteers. All the equipment they use is financed with donations from all over the world. We continued our tour at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where we had a discussion on foreign policies, how hard it is to negotiate a peace solution everyone is happy with and hot local topics such as Israel’s borders with Palestine. Our guide brought us around the city and to the Knesset, which is the parliament of Israel. In front, there was the Knesset menorah, the symbol of Israel.

After a city trip with temperatures up to 35 degrees and a short lunch, we were all tired on the way back. It was time to sum-up all we learnt during those days, to conclude this seminar and receiving our certificate of attendance.

For most of us it was the first time in Israel and this seminar was a really good opportunity to visit this country getting a different perspective compared to normal tourists. This seminar has strengthened our Leo commitment and also brought us tips, advises and another way of thinking in order to create peace among cultures.

No country would be a better place to deal with this topic and I kindly recommend everyone who wants an alternative view of this country to attend the second seminar next year.


 ILO 2016-18

MD-103 France

Helsinki Leo Leadership Weekend

After a six-years break the Helsinki Leo Leadership Weekend took finally again place. The weekend, organised by the Finnish Leos, was full of interesting workshops and the opportunity to exchange each other’s Leo experiences. It all began on Friday, when 30 Leos from Finland, Estonia, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and France arrived in Helsinki and were heartily welcomed by the Organisation team. Thus the “Leo Brand Workshop”, by Ida Forsell, started. The workshop demonstrated the process of defining what Leo mean to each of us and how the brand promise of Leo Clubs correlates with our perception and expectations. Later we had the chance to continue to get to know new friends and exchange with old faces at dinner. Later that night there was of course the “poika saunoo” dance with all participants. The next day we started early with the morning workshops, for which we could choose between “Surviving through a big activity” and “Leo 2.0-need for an update”. After a short coffee break we continued with the second workshop turn. Besides the workshop “Club Wellbeing-how to get members and keep them”, The ILOs of Denmark, Andreas Veijlstrup, and Switzerland, Christopher Guntli, showed us new ways of Leadership in the “ILO Council workshop”. During these workshops which has been pointed on Leo work, we expanded our Leo and Leadership knowledge. During the afternoon we worked on our own presentations at the “Strategy workshop”, where we planned how to create a strategy for our own ideas. All groups presented the ideas and showed the many different ideas they had, from a flavoured- tasting lipstick to the “association to rescue unicorns”, creativity was unlimited. The highlight of the weekend took place right after the workshop. Keynote speaker, Klaus Härö, a Finnish movie director whose film “The Fencer”, which was recently nominated for a Golden Globe, closed the Leoful Saturday by giving a different perspective about leadership and teamwork. Later the Finnish Leos took us to a restaurant in the centre of Helsinki to experience Finnish cuisine, such as reindeer meat and a pub crawl. The last day of this unique experience continued with the “Leo Brand Workshop”, in which we presented our results and a sad farewell of our Leo friend Kaisa Sarkkinen, who turned 30 years that very day, and will now leave Leo Clubs. We still had some hours together at a farm, where we could pet baby lamps and pigs and also organised an egg hunt activity for children. Overall we had an incredible experience during these days in Helsinki, where we learned so much about Leo and Leadership!

Deborah Herlan

The presentation of the "Association for rescuing unicorns"

The presentation of the “Association for rescuing unicorns”

Experiences at the farm

Experiences at the farm

Fun workshops made by Leos for Leos

Fun workshops made by Leos for Leos

Children enjoying the egg hunt organised by Leos

Children enjoying the egg hunt organised by Leos

Introduction to District 126 Croatia

Leo District D-126 has 200 members in 14 clubs. Throughout past year (2015.), Leo D-126 had a lot of interesting activities, two of which stand out the most. The activity of the Leo Club Zagorje – construction of “Park street workout“ and activities of the Leo Club Rijeka “Lanterns of good wishes”. The activity of the Leo Club Zagorje – construction of “Park street workout“ lasted 5 months. Value of the first phase of the project was 40 000,00 kn (around 5400 euros). The project was designed by members of the Leo club Zagorje. They did, in cooperation with the local community, come to the final product. The official opening of Park Street workout in Krapina, was held on 8 October 2015., in the framework of the project “Exercise Start Up City”.

The activity of the Leo club Rijeka ”Lanterns of good wishes” was held on 16 December 2015. The activity was visited by a large number of people. From the collected amount, which was 13 517 kn (about 1800 euros), Leo club Rijeka purchased didactic toys for group of children without proper parental care, and a laptop for residents of one nursing home. Didactic toys were handed over to the department of ”Children’s home at Potok” in Rijeka, while the laptop was delivered to residents of a nursing home in Lovran. Members of Leo club Rijeka spent a pleasant afternoon with employees at Children’s home and had played with the children. Children demonstrated how to use the delivered toys.

Sara Bermanec

ILO D 126 Croatia


Want to do charity work on a international level? Make a difference for thousands of people with the European Activity.

For years, the ILO’s* of LEO, have arranged a European Activity – usually a new activity for every third year.

*ILO is a internal community with representatives from each country, organizing events, doing administrative work etc. accross the european continent for the benefit of every single LEO.

The European Activity is, as the name implicate, a activity arranged and performed through the clubs across Europe. The process is overall 3 steps:

  1. Idea and development
    1. The ILO team sets up requirments for the activity and starts gathering ideas. The ideas will be sorted out, and finally an idea will be chosen and developed.
  2. Integration
    1. The ILO team puts together a strategy combining marketing of the activity to make it popular and easy integration into the individual clubs.
  3. Execution
    1. The activity is beeing kicked-of and the clubs starts working. The activity is beeing evaluted ongoing.

Buy why is the project actually one of the most exciting within the LEO Charity Work?

Well, first of all, how many of us can say that we participated directly in making a difference for thousands of people across Europe?

Second of all, the activity is so major, that it’s running over three years. This means, that the requirments for making the perfect activity are rather challenging: The acitivty must be applicable to both alot of LEO Clubs and LEOs, but also to every single country in Europe, regardless of culture, location or other parameters. In my belief, to try and organize and execute a activity this big, only makes the challenge even more exciting.

So, with this said, we’re encouraging you to participate in this, what we think, great opportunity. Send us your ideas, thoughts etc., and get the chance to cooperate on a once-in-a-lifetime project, where you have the option to make a huge difference.

While we’re at it, why not learn more about ILO and the possibilities that comes with it?

Leo4Children: the Italian National Project


Parma, the 24th of February 2016

The 3-years last project named as “Leo4Children” has the objective to set up and improve the pediatric leisure-rooms in the major italian’s hospital. In order to do that, we realize and donate special kits, including different kind of products (toys, books, games, videogames, PC, laptops, medical instruments, and so on), and donate them – throughout our local Clubs – to the hospital that need this kind of support. The aim is to substain and encourage unlucky children, especially during a difficult moment as the admission in the hospitals.

To reach the amount of money necessary to realize all the kit that have been requested in these last 3 years (aproximately 130), we decided to realize different kinds of gadgets and give them the people in return for little donation of money. We set off two main kind of gadgets, one for the Christmas-time (“pandorini”) and one for the Easter-time (“colombine”). Both of them are little typical italian cakes.

We use to coordinate all the italian Clubs to realize, in the same days, little stands in the main square or streets of our cities.

In this way we were able to gather more than 300.000,00 € in three year (from 2013 to 2016), whith whom we will probably manage to realize and donate all the kits that the hospitals have asked to us.

For further information you can visit:, or contact us on Facebook and Instagram.


Giorgio De Lorenzi

National Coordinator T.O.N. Leo4Children

A stand in the main square of a city.

A stand in the main square of a city.

The moment we donate the kit in the hospital.

The moment we donate the kit in the hospital.

Two Christmas gadgets: the PandoLeo 7.5 and the classic PandoLeo

Two Christmas gadgets: the PandoLeo 7.5 and the classic PandoLeo

A plate with the name of the club and the hospital to put inside it.

A plate with the name of the club and the hospital to put inside it.