For German Leos there are three big national events each year: multi-district convention, the Leo Academy, and the multi-district seminar, which German Leos call MD-Seminar. This year the MD-Seminar took place in Heiligenhaus in North Rhine-Westphalia and was organized by the Leo-Club Niederberg. As the club, which organizes the event changes every year, the location of the MD-Seminar is different every year. This is why in 2017 the MD-Seminar took place in Aschaffenburg in Bavaria and in 2019 it will be in Schaumburg North Rhine-Westphalia. Even if the location
changes, the schedule is, more or less, similar every year. On Friday evenings Leos meet for dinner and a get together party. Saturdays is the most important day at a MD-Seminar, as Leos are attending different Leo-specific and non-Leo-specific seminars and a gala dinner in the evening. However, on Sundays there is only a small meeting in the morning with Leos leaving around noon to get back to their home towns. The MD-Seminar in Heiligenhaus followed that structure. On Friday evening the Leo-Club Niederberg welcomed all Leos with burgers, fries and beer followed by a party in a night club nearby. After breakfast on Saturday morning the seminars started. Every Leo attends two seminars, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The topics of the seminars are either Leo- specific or non-Leo-specific. Among the Leo-specific topics that were offered at this years MD-Seminar were for example “Leadership in Leo”, “Leo for Newcomers” or “How to take good pictures of Leo activities with your smartphone.” On the other hand, non-Leo-specific topics were offered, such as first aid training and inheritance law in Germany. Parallel to the afternoon seminars, the multi-district council meeting took place. In this meeting all district presidents, the multi-district board and its officers come together to discuss recent topics in the multi-district. Just a few hours after the afternoon session another highlight of the MD-Seminar started: The gala dinner where, as a little special, we also celebrated the 30 th anniversary of the Leo- Club Niederberg. This circumstance made it an amazing evening with good food, good drinks, fantastic music and amazing party people. After a short but fun night, on Saturday morning the last session of the weekend took place. Instead of the ususal morning meeting, this year the Leos attended a very interesting compulsory instruction on data security and privacy. A little tired, but happy and filled with great memories, all 250 Leos left Heiligenhaus on Sunday afternoon to get back home. Over all it was an amazing weekend with Leo friends coming together.