Officially a member of the Leo family
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