Gewoon LEF

“What a week” – that is the first thing that comes to my mind while trying to settle in back home after those seven sensationally orange days.

Now in this place I could tell you about every single program point in detail, but let’s be honest: you are reading this, so either you have been there, or you have already seen hundreds of pictures from numberous things that happened during that week. If neither of that applies to you, I just recommend to visit the LEF2017 Facebook page and have a look.

So what am I talking about in this article then? I am talking about what makes the LEF special, about those feelings the pictures can’t absorb, the reason why you shouldn’t go on a five day trip to an all inclusive resort somewhere in the mediteranian. But why you should visit a European country and celebrate LEO, celebrate social contacts, celebrate beeing open minded torwards any culture and yes, just to celebrate for the sake of it.

Because what makes any LEF, but this one in particular, special is not whether you have been in the most exciting climbing garden you’ve ever been in – that is just the icing on the cake. What makes a LEF special is the people.

So the main job for a LEF orga team is to provide the best possible support frame to make this happen.

The hotel was sold out to the LEOs exclusively (which is neat), so more than 240 people, half of them newcomer needed to be formed into one group. And damn did the orga team do a good job.

Right on Sunday, the first day, in the opening ceremony, when Vince declared the LEF opened, confetti came from the ceeling, everyone received a cold Heineken to the tunes of “Don’t Stop Believin'” and you could feel how the excitement from the old LEFers spilled over to the newcomers. Suddenly everyone was fulfilled with the LEF magic.

The fun presentation of countries on Sunday evening then helped to set aside the last reservations torwards each other and people from various countries met each other to talk and share what they consider as their national foods and drinks.

That is why I come to LEF, to meet people you wouldn’t meet if you weren’t there. To learn something about other cultures and open your mind in times when we see the opposite happen.

And what further can I say? The rest is legendary! A beautiful social activity with a visit from IVP Gudrun Yngvadottir where we took more than 200 children from difficult circumstances to the zoo will always be remembered as an outstanding highlight from LEF 2017. Two very different motto parties were crazy fun, as my LEO friends from the German carnival strongholds always tell me “put 200 people in costume in a room and it will be fun!”, even though I’d like to add: “200 LEOs is even better”.

Some Dutch events like the farmers golf or cheese making rounded the program off together with awesome day trips to Amsterdam and Rotterdam and the gala on Thursday was a beautiful evening that I am sorry for everyone who missed it.

In the end I’d just like to thank the amazing orga team once again for all their hard work and hope to see everyone again next year at a #hunforgettable LEF in Hungary!

Alexander Kölpien – ILO MD111 Germany

‘’RAMDAN2GO’’ for the 17th time in the row!

After 30 days of tiring and continuous work and by the end of the holy month Ramadan, we were able to finally end one of our mega projects ‘’RAMDAN2GO’’ for the 17th time in the row!

RAMADAN2GO is a joint project between Omega LEO Club & Alpha LEO Club of Alexandria Apollo in which we work in together as a one team, for 17years we have been providing charity bags -containing the essential food ingredients  which a family can rely on for the rest of the Holy month-& hot meals for the needy people in the suburbs of Alexandria.

This year we were able to break our targets, reaching 40500 meals with an approximate of 1000 meals daily & 4500 charity bags, they were all delivered to more than 10 suburbs in Alexandria throughout the holy month. The total budget of the project reached an approximate of 1,900,000 Egyptian Pounds and this was all made possible with the generous donations that we had received from our supporters

For the first time in the project’s history we worked in 3 places in parallel this year, we had 2 kitchens where we prepared our meals in and the stock house where we prepared the charity bags. To be able to achieve our targets in the 3 places we worked in shifts in which we were divided – Omega LEO Club & Alpha LEO Club of Alexandria Apollo members- over the 3 places with more than 400 volunteers (Non LEO members) joining us in preparing the meals.

And For the meals to be delivered on time, we had to put a strategy to work with. The kitchen was divided into sections where each component of the meal was prepared in a separate section & before iftar – time for Muslims to break their fast-  with two hours we do something that we call ‘’Stations’’ in which the components are gathered in one bag, and directly before iftar with one hour our members were always on the road for the meals to be delivered on time.

LEO CLUB OF ALEXANDRIA APOLLO – District 352 Egypt.

Alpha LEO Apollo  

Omega LEO Apollo

CAN WE BUILD THE FUTURE? – THE SHADOWS OF LIFE #3

We are honored to talk about the first international project we will undertake as the Agora LEO Club. While technology brings us closer to each other, not communicating may look like missing the opportunity. From this point of view, we are also following the leo clubs in various countries of the world and we are in communication. We need to learn from each other’s leadership, experience and opportunities. For this purpose, we will make cooperation with our Leo friends in India. On the 10th day of every month, as members of the Agora Leo Club, we will write articles on social media to raise awareness on various issues. All of these articles will be published on www.leoclubofjuhu.com These articles will be written by different member per month. Our common goals are create international awareness and to show that it is not difficult to implement an international joint project. We are so happy for doing cooperation with Leo Club of Juhu. As being Agora Leo Club and Juhu Leo Club members we will always continue to run for the best and try to we will try to raise conscious people for a livable world. #ProudLeo

CAN WE BUILD THE FUTURE?

Humankind is curious. One of the issues that humans are curious about is the future. The world is getting more complicated every year. The balances are becoming less clear every year. Sadly, we lose our humanity every year against our ambitions. In this article, it will be a question that we will look for answers;

“Can we build the future?”

Building can have many meanings but if we look for building the future it will definitely be about education. Different systems are applied for education in different parts of the world but did you think before that what is the reason of all of these education systems? “getting a job” , “gaining social status”, “earning money for satisfaction” may be your answers. The best answer to this question is actually the first exit of education, “Being a human”.

​Education has begun as a system that against to our primalization and better understanding of each other. Every day in the globalizing world the quality of education is measured by how we crush each other. You must be successful against your classmates, you must be successful against your peers etc.

​The establishment of States is seen as the agreement of people living in the same region. People who are in the same team after the establishment of the States are now in a position to gain an advantage over the different states. What I am trying to explain is that the reason for the actual exit of the education does not coincide with the understanding of today’s education. Egoism has been applied on these systems. This egoism is not only person-specific, also states are shaped in a way too. Because people who are in the same state as the agreement are closed to work together with other states in their essence to glorify themselves.
According to psychologists, the conflict of egoism brings violence. Since the states enter this category, conflict means war. You may see me as a person who is trying to create conspiracy theories in every complexity but the only thing that I do is go through over the cause and effect relation.

I’m just trying to reflect on the expectations of today’s world. It is necessary to correct the education to correct all these. We should learn mathematics for exercising our brain not for being a part of a raceWe should learn science for involving to the innovation and developing technology and not for getting a applause when we say information that we memorize. We should learn social sciences to think more consciously and not to memorize dates, places or perspectives.

If I am summarizing, we have to be educated for our personal development and increasing humanity not for our ambitions which is frazzle all of us. There are some countries where education is at a fairly good level but in some countries education is seen as a way to exploit humanity. We people should know that ideas are immortal, power balances are still in the hands of mankind. We have to act to finish this exploitative system, and there is only one way to improve ourselves until we succeed it; reading books. You can not show me any country that has a high rate of reading books and has lagged behind in civilization.

Books give us a life experience so we learn not to make the same mistake. It creates an angle of view to us so that multiple systems of thought are found. I think that the agreements for both people and states can be successfully achieved with high consciousness by throwing egoism on the edge. This is how we find the true meaning of education and reach the world that we dream of.

​We must be conscious and work on this path for a better world. Books can change the world. Building the future will succeed in this way.

Link to articles: http://www.leoclubofjuhu.com/blog/category/the-shadows-of-life 

LEO Feridun Öncel
2nd Vice President
Social Media Manager of Agora Leo Club, Turkey (118-R)

LEO Activity at central of Finland

Leo Club Jyväskylä/Lohikoski has arranged activity to Jyväskyläs elderly people sheltered home. Young club members had fun with elderlies during whole time and everybody enjoyed staying. Actually so much that LEOs already promised to start cooperating in the future.

LEOs helped elderlies at planting violet seeds to little pots which were given to all participants to take their own home or leave to the people sheltered. Violets grow fast and they are easy to take care. Reward of little care comes with lovely blossoms which are joy for eyes.

After planting violets, LEOs arranged bingo game with small prices. Everyone had much fun and nobody wanted to stop playing bingo, even coffee was ready. At this point I want you to know that elderly people at Finland love coffee and coffee table talks above anything. After many rounds of bingo we enjoyed coffee and thanked the people and opportunity arranges activity. Experience did unite older and younger participants and many realize that we are quite the same and age is just the number when it comes for having fun.

by Kati Jaatinen

President of Leo Club Jyväskylä/Lohikoski, MD 107 Finland.

National activity lead by LEOs and LIONS from Belguim

Only after the last tree has died 

The last river been poisoned

The last fish been caught

Will we realize we cannot eat money

#ProtectTheEnvironment #Lions100 #Centennial

#LetsPlantSomeTrees #Volunteering

#Belgium

On March 26th, all Belgian lion and LEO clubs combined forces to plant trees and remove garbage all over the country. And thanks to the lovely weather and the lovely people, it was a day to remember.

In Flanders, almost 4000 people joined the “Big Spring Event” to plant approximately 50000 trees on 19 different locations! Friends and families accompanied the Belgian Lions and Leo’s on this mission.

In order to successfully plant those trees, we were professionally guided by two non-profit organizations:  

  • Flemish Forest Group (Vlaamse Bosgroep)
  • Agency for Nature and Forest (Agentschap voor Natuur&Bos)

In Brussels, Lions and Leo’s gathered to remove as many litter as possible in the Sonian. This beautiful forest is now saved from tons of cans, plastic, …

In Wallony they organized a Eco Nettoyage Citoyen. 100 years, 100 clubs, 100 tons. That was their motto and so they did remove 100 tons of litter!

As you can see, the Belgians have shown that they care for nature. We understood that one day won’t be enough to save our planet’s most valuable assets, but perhaps this one day can be the start of a global awareness. And who knows it might prevent people from harming nature any further.

One step at a time.

By Jeroen De Muynck

MD 112 Belgium

The Biggest discovery: Me and myself by The LEO Book

It all started when I was 14 and attending grammar school. I had a friend who was obsessed by what he was doing and spent all his time riding his bike. 15 years later he’s one of the best trial bike riders in the world. Thomas Öhler was my idol to that time and I was starting the process to find out, what makes me unique, what could be the discipline I am the best in. Well: time went by and I had to struggle with my life (a-levels, civil service, university and later my own company). Somehow I felt, that I am this “ordinary” guy with no special skills

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*Self portrait during my university in 2004*

When I had a life changing experience in 2010 I decided to change something in my life but I was not really sure what I should do. An almost 2 year lasting process started in which I was thinking about where could I be “the best”. I actually did not really have a hobby to that time but my passion for graphic design and my dream of my little company. When thinking about me and myself I found out that photography was part of my life since 20 or so years to that time. So it was clear for me, that it should have to do with photography. But what should I photograph which nobody else photographed so far? I was very much involved in LEOnism to that time and I started to find out the greatness of this association in all it’s ways. By chance I found an article on the internet which told me, that in 2017 the Lions Clubs International will celebrate their 100th anniversary.

From this moment on, the idea of traveling the world and documenting the passion of LEOs and Lions worldwide followed me every day until I decided to start this project. I had no idea how to make this endeavor come true, but I started to talk to everybody I met, that I’ll be traveling the world until 2017 and will be visiting at least 50 LEO Clubs worldwide. It took me around 1,5 years to get in contact with LEOs around the world and start to my first trip to Italy  in 2014.

*The day I started with my first The LEO Book-related trip to Massafra, Italy in autumn 2014*

I changed a lot since I started the project. Every single trip is connected with fears, prejudices, questions, new people, giving up something known and for sure lots of new impressions. Also I do not want to disappoint my friends and readers of the Blog and facebook page. The whole process I’m going through makes me stronger and more self confident, which I actually like very much and never thought it would be possible.

100 projects, 60 Clubs and 25 countries later

Unfortunately I could not travel full time, but I am very proud of what I was able to do within the last three years. I met so many different people and could be part of an amazing movement in many different cultures.

I learnt a lot about LEO and LIONism so I better understand the power and impact of this worldwide community, which I am very proud of being a member in.

People often ask me: “What was your most memorable experience?”. To be honest, I can not answer this question, because every single experience is unique. Every time a person can experience help it’s a heartbreaking and touching moment.

*Feeding project in Manila (Philippines), 2016*

*Fashion show in an airport in Poznan (Poland) organized by LEOs in 2015*

*Organizing a charity paint nite in Kleinburg (Canada) in 2015*

*Donating time and serving as waiter in Bucharest (Romania) in 2015*

Overall I can say that there are so many people out there who are willing to help, who are donating their time without wanting something back. They just want to make other people happier or support their lives.

I would really love to visit and experience more! I would love to meet more LEOs and work even harder in spreading the magic of community service worldwide. Who knows, maybe I’m going for a second issue of the book – there are enough stories to fill dozens more books.

 Your name in the book

Yet you have the chance to get your name into the first issue of The LEO Book and save 10€ by pre-ordering it via my website http://www.theleobook.info until June 1, 2017.

The book will be printed in June and revealed during the Lions Clubs International Convention in Chicago in July.

 More Projects and Images

You can find more images and articles about projects around the world on my blog at http://blog.theleobook.info/

Twitter : https://twitter.com/theleobook

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theleobook

By Othmar Fetz, MJF

Lions Med Conference 2017 in Alexandria Egypt *Sea of Life*

 

Knowing that Egypt was chosen for the first time as the guesting country of this conference, due to its important status among the Mediterranean countries, using the motto “Sea of Life” referring to Alexandria’s charming sea, the conference Chairperson Dr. Mahmoud El-Maghraby, and organizers, planned to impress the guests through expert organizing, elegance of sessions, comfort of guests, generosity in hospitality, full press and media coverage, tourism rounds of Alexandria touristic places, and many other factors all of which contributed in success of the conference

Moreover, there are very important symbolic signs in the convening and success of this conference, most important of which is that the conference was based on many useful workshops and general discussion sessions among a great number of participants from over 26 Mediterranean countries, in the presence of Honorary guests and studies from former international director Harry Olgan, former international director Luis Dominguez, former governors Sami Berbari, Salim Mousan and Carlo Panucci

International President of the Lions Chancellor Bob Corlew and his Deputy, Ms. Gudrón Ingvadottir visited Egypt for the second time within 2 months, Corlew in his public speech with the press and media confessed that he was impressed by seeing all this expertise in conference organizing details, which in his opinion exceeded superiority of European countries in conferences arrangements, publishing that this conference was almost ideal in all aspects.

Success of achieving the goals of the conference was remarkable in strengthening friendship ties and love among the Mediterranean countries such as France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, North Africa, Slovenia, Palestine and others, which included a number of researches on the topics of environment, economy and community service projects aiming at exchanging experiences and supporting joint action and cooperation between the Mediterranean countries.

The conference succeeded in creating teamwork spirit of LEO Members and acknowledged their important part in the organization team, who learnt and gained the ability to organize future international conferences confidently.

Conference Magazine:

https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?cid=d6ea9f7e3265cfeb&id=documents&resid=D6EA9F7E3265CFEB%21125&app=WordPdf&authkey=AKEg4ZkQB5blLqE

By LION Fatina Hamdoun

Lions Egypt District 352

The Leo4Green Manifesto: Becoming a Drop in the Rain of Change

From the Oxford dictionary, we read that a “Manifesto” is a “public declaration of policy and aims” and that the origin of the term comes from the Latin “manifestus” that means “to make public”.

Over the course of history, many different Manifestos have been signed to publicly state causes deemed important: new arts movements (e.g. the Futurist Manifesto or the Surrealist Manifesto), political ideologies (e.g. the Anarchist Manifesto or the October Manifesto) and even related to technologies (e.g. the Manifesto for Agile Software Development). It was a simple way to get together and state, loud and clear: “This is something we believe in”.

In the world of increasing pollution levels, disappearing glaciers and endangered animal species we live in today, the Leo4Green Manifesto wants to be – first and foremost – the Leo way of declaring our intention to make our planet a better place.

The Manifesto is articulated in four key areas of actions: Water, Plants, Animal and Air. Each section indicates some possible service activities through which the signing club can take an active part to the activity, like planting trees or collecting food for animal shelters, but the possibilities are endless.

There is not one way to make the world better and, as also true in our European context, what can be the best service activity for one Country or a specific area, might not be the best for another. Leo4Green motivates each Club to go out in their communities and respond to the local needs as best as they can.

It is said that the world, out there, is thirsty for help and most get discouraged saying that a small single drop will never satisfy that thirst. But droughts are solved by rain and rain is nothing but an ensemble of small little drops.

Leo4Green embodies this spirit: each single green activity might appear small by itself, but adding them up – one by one – gives us that desperately needed rain. It unites European Leos against Environmental Issues.

How to join our green storm? Talk with your Club and agree to join the activity: then download the Manifesto from the European Leos website and follow the instructions and start being green in your own way! We are waiting for you!

By Eleonora Fresia – International Liaison Officer MD 108 ITALY

 

LCI Oakbrook NEWS: YEAHC (youth engagement ad-hoc committee)

According to the United Nations, more than half of the world’s population is under the age of 30. In fact, there are more young people in the world today than ever before. Yet our organization continues to struggle to engage youth in meaningful ways and attract young members. Membership data reveals that the average Lion is 66 years old and a small minority is under age 40.

In response to this global population trend as well as challenges related to diversifying LCI’s membership demographic, the Lions Clubs International Board of Directors approved the formation of an ad hoc committee on youth and young adult engagement. This committee has been tasked with developing strategies to engage more young people in our association and improve overall organizational appeal among a younger demographic. The committee will work toward these objectives through two key approaches:

  1. Improve current youth engagement models
  2. Explore the introduction and addition of youth and young adult leadership roles within the current Lions Clubs International structure
  3. Assess the age ranges and role of the Alpha and Omega clubs to promote Leo inclusion in the association
  4. Examine the role of LCIF in youth and young adult engagement
  5. Repurpose and integrate LCI/LCIF youth program support
  6. Explore alternative engagement models
  7. Brainstorm innovative engagement approaches and membership models to offer alternatives to the traditional service club for young people outside of the organization
  8. Develop interactive learning and training tools

The international Board of Directors recognize the value of Leo input and as a result with the development of this ad hoc committee, this is the first time that an LCI committee of the International Board is composed of both Leos and Lions. LCI recognizes that a crucial component of engaging young people, is inviting them to have a seat at the table, including them as stakeholders, and encouraging their input and ideas. We are pleased to have a European Leo representative, on the committee to voice the concerns and ideas that are unique to your area.

Your input as Leos of Europe is very important to the work of the committee. In particular, feedback on the Leo experience and how it can be improved, as well as how LCI can appeal to young people who are not Leos/Lions yet.

By LION Emily Burnett

Leo Club Program Manager

 

 

The Leos-Rock-Vienna Weekend surrounding the LEO Summerball

Vienna is calling for all international Leos to enjoy a lovely weekend in Austria’s capital.

Over the last years, the Leos-Rock-Vienna Weekend surrounding the LEO Summerball has become a tradition. This weekend is the perfect opportunity to get to know Vienna from a local’s perspective. Not only will you experience a traditional Viennese Ball, but we, your LEO tour guides will also show you the best sights of Vienna.

On Friday, you will first enjoy a welcome dinner with traditional Austrian food and then we will take you on a tram party. And of course there is an Afterparty as well (would it be a true LEO party without one?). On Saturday you will see one of Vienna’s most well known sights and take part in a special scavenger hunt. In the early evening it is time to depart to the castle for the Summerball. In order to cure your possible hangover, we have set up a farewell brunch for you on Sunday.

Last but definitely not least, we want to give you some information about the ball. You will be able to enjoy an exhilarating night in a fantastic atmosphere: promenade through the park, try your luck at the tombola, celebrate at the bar or dance in the ballroom and in the disco. In true LEO spirit, the ball is of course a charity ball: the net profit of the evening is donated to regional projects.

We, the LEO Clubs St. Stephan and Opera, are looking forward to welcoming you in Vienna.

Further information and tickets are available on www.leos-rock-vienna.eu
Registration closes soon, so make sure to get your tickets today!


Alexander Gonzalez-Hernandez
2. Vize-Präsident
LEO Clubs Österreich – Gesamtdistrikt 114