A few weeks ago we talked about why Leos should attend the Leo Europa Forum. However, it might not be as obvious why Leos should attend a Lions Europa Forum. Well, let me tell you my point of view on this.
First of all, it is all about friendship. Seeing fellow Leo friends, yes! But also meeting incredible Lions from all over Europe and the world and making new connections. It is surprising sometimes how much we can share with someone.
Because of this, Lions Europa Forums are also the best occasion we have to make Lions hear our voice. We cannot always sit in a corner and complain that they don’t want to listen to us. Sometimes, we need to make the first step and position ourselves where they can reach us! During the Forum, we did exactly that, not only by participating in the organization of some Leo/Lions Seminars, but also by actively taking part in all the events proposed (such as the get together, the gala dinner and the opening and closing ceremony) as well as the other seminars available!
The seminars are for sure another great opportunity at the Europa Forum. They provide new knowledge (both lionistic and general) as well as new ideas for service, like in the case of the “Water means Life” seminar, on the topics of water scarcity and WaSH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) by Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman Emeritus, Nestlé S.A., and Dr. Christian Zurbrügg, Sandec, Member of directorate of EAWAG. Leos got a chance to tell their view on the topic and also talk about our amazing European Activity, Leo4Green!
But again, it is probably the people that make the best of this event. Not just the Lions, many of which approached us and with which we have been able to share and receive advices and experiences, but also with other less known (at least for most of us Leos) participants of the Forum. As an example, as Leos, we had the chance to spend some time talking with the finalists of the Young Ambassador Contest and it was incredible and humbling.
They are often incredibly young and already so dedicated to their community and to the well-being of others, yet they do not seem to realize how incredibly difficult it is what they are doing for their community, how challenging it is to serve.
Let me tell you, if there is someone that can motivate you to do better, it is a Young Ambassador contestant. If there is one in your country, get in touch with them! We have a lot to learn from them!
So, why participate to a Lions Europa Forum?
I told you my view on this, but honestly – like with LEF – everyone finds their own reasons! So, let me invite you, next year, to consider attending the Lions Europa Forum 2018 in Skopje, from October 25th to October 27th! I’m sure it will be something you won’t regret!
ILO Council Board Member
ILO MD 108 ITALY 2016/2017 & 2017/2018