Lions Day with the United Nations

Lions Day with the United Nations

Lions Club International has decided to celebrate 73 years of partnership with the UN with the creation of two major events: the first at the UN headquarters in New York City and the second in Europe, at the Geneva headquarters, where I had the opportunity to participate last April 10.

The creation of these annual appointments commemorated the lasting relationship that has existed between our association and the UN since 1945, when Lions were called to collaborate in the drafting of the “NGO Charter”.

In Geneva, I had the opportunity to become official photo reporter for the Lions Club International headquarters, and so I took part in the event as a volunteer.

The day began with the guided tours of Palais des Nations, which gave Lions and Leos access to the beautiful rooms that over the years have hosted great figures of history.

With approximately 240 Lions from around the world, the conference began at 11:00 a.m., chaired by International President Gudrun Yngvadottir and H.Lee’s event Chairperson.

The day was not only attended by International Directors and Lions Presidents, but also by United Nations experts and diplomats who discussed about our common goals.

Hunger, poverty, education, the health of children, vaccines, diabetes and the environment are just some of the important issues that have been touched.

The comparison, and the presentations of the evolution of the data that have characterized these years have marked the interventions.

A series of videos and speeches showed how much the United Nations member States are committed in achieving the Global Objectives for Sustainable Development, which are also in line with our areas of action as Lions and Leos.

We, Leos, also stood out with the intervention by the Estonian ILO Andra Perv who presented the Leo European Activity  – Leo4Green.

Andra stressed the strength of this service, whose only limit is the creativity of those who decide to sign the manifesto, thus adhering to an environmental-friendly policy for our events and Leo services. She also encouraged everybody to speak up about environmental concerns and act upon them, by engaging the larger public and raising awareness.

After this truly unique experience I can say that I am even more proud to be a Leo, and again I was able to see how much the strength of our association is in having no boundaries.

Letizia Vanelli

International Area Officer MD108 ITALY


Every Friday night it is marauds in Lille!

If we had to choose one action of our LEO Club that everyone loves, it would have to be the marauds!
We have done marauds once a month over the past year and it has become like a ritual. You must sign in quickly if you want to participate to it. Just like a Rihanna concert

So, you may ask yourself what is this action which is enjoyed this much by our members? Marauds are food deliveries to homeless people. To make it easier, we did a partnership with the association Humanit’Aide which organize marauds every Friday night in Lille. Usually, we help them once a month (or twice during summer, for example).

Humanit’Aide was created in 2014, originally named Unit’Aide. They support people in precarious situations through various actions in France but also internationally. For example, they organize a collection of donations for a class of deaf children from the Atfaluna Center in Gaza. We help Humanit’Aide for their marauds but also to collect winter kits for homeless people.

We cherish this partnership with this admirable association. Each and every member of our club came back from these marauds changed and affected. This allows us to be aware of how lucky we are but also to see homeless people with more humanity. In France, we are often scared of people living in the street, but this fear goes away as soon as you start talking to them. They usually have so much to say and are not very different from you.

François Oudin

13 Reasons Why LEOs Should Come to LCICon 2019 in Milan

102nd Lions Clubs International Convention will take place from July 5th to July 9th, in the most attractive and charming Italian city, with a vibe that balances old-world romance and history with urban grit and cosmopolitanism.

Team up with Lions and Leos from around the world for a special convention service project

In fact,  both on July 5th and July 8th there will be seven service projects you can check and join for free by sending an e-mail to Let’s serve and have fun together!

Beautiful and diverse architecture

Milan, the financial capital of Italy, means there is an abundance of beautiful buildings from all periods. For example, Chiesa di Santa Maria Della Grazie that exemplifies Milanese Renaissance, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the most famous examples of European iron architecture. All over the city, particularly in Navigli, you will spot charming yellow case di ringhiera, the traditional workers’ houses, characterised by iron railings that date from the turn of the 20th century. The Porta Venezia neighbourhood is celebrated for its many Art Nouveau (‘Stile Liberty’) buildings and Porta Nuova, surrounded by the stunning and contemporary Bosco Verticale.

Sampling traditional Milanese cuisine

The food in Milan draws on the bounty of the surrounding mountains, coastline, lakes and verdant farmland. It is rich and hearty with meat and rice taking centre stage. Signature Milanese dishes include saffron risotto (Risotto alla Milanese), breaded veal cutlet (Cotoletta alla Milanese) and the traditional Christmas loaf, Panettone. You won’t have Panettone during LCICon 2019 😉

Enjoying Aperitivo in the city of its origin

You can enjoy Aperitivo all over Italy, but in Milan it as a ritual and they do it best – between the hours of 6pm and 8pm, the whole city seems to be enjoying a drink and light snack before heading home or out to dinner.

Standing on the roof of a cathedral

Every major European city has an iconic architectural site: the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Big Ben in London… and in Milan it is the majestic Duomo, situated at the very center of the city in Piazza del Duomo. Built with white marble from the quarries of Lake Maggiore, the cathedral is the biggest and arguably the most elaborate Gothic building in Italy.

Touring the Canals in Navigli

Canals are not confined to Venice only. Milan, too, has some really nice views of canals and waters. In fact you’ll be thrilled to know that one of them had beem designed by Leonardo da Vinci himself!

Because of its fashion heritage

If you lust after la dolce vita and favour the glamour of Italian fashion, then you will love shopping here. Milan boasts so many of the biggest names in luxury fashion – Valentino, Versace, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni – but it is also the country’s centre of emerging fashion talent.

Because of its design heritage

Pinacotera di Brera contains some very important art collections like the Dead Christ by Andrea Mantegna and Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio. The contemporary art lovers who are up for something new and unique have Museo Del Novecento to check out.Alternatively, pay a visit to the Triennale Design Museum.

Experiencing Italian opera in the legendary Teatro alla Scala

Teatro alla Scala is Italy’s premiere destination to watch opera (as well as ballet and classical music). It plays host to leading operatic singers from around the world in a decadent interior of red and gold.

Riding a design icon – the tram

Europe’s oldest public transport alive and kicking, these public trams are literally a moving museum. The original ones dating back to 1920’s and 50’s have wooden seats and beautiful glass lampshades. Try out ATMosfera: this classic tram is run by the ATM transportation authority. It runs after dusk and serves good food with delicious wine.

Because it is a great base for exploring the rest of northern Italy

Northern Italy has an amazing train network of which Milan is the centre, making it a great jumping-off point for exploring. For example, Como and Turin are both reachable in one hour or less; Parma and Lake Garda in two hours or less; Venice in under three. If you have time on your hands you can also make it to the Alps or Dolomites.

Scoring at the Stadium

The San Siro Stadium was built in 1925 and later on expanded for the World Cup 1990. It holds ownership of two most famous Football Clubs of Italy- FC Internazionale and AC Milan.

It’s less touristy than Rome, Florence and Venice

When planning a city break in Italy, most people probably pick Venice, Rome or Florence, and that’s exactly why you should visit Milan instead. Of course, there are still crowded tourist hotspots, but most of the city still feels truly Italian. You can roam the streets in peace and pretend that you live there!


By Jack Giacomo Sillani

Leo and Lions of MD 108 Italy created “disabled Camp”

“To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world”. Is one of Lions’ most important purposes. The Youth Camp Program was born in 1974.
The program doesn’t pursue only tourism purposes, it gives young people the ability to meet each other and share experiences.
Afterward Leo and Lions of MD 108 Italy created “disabled Camp”, they wants to give participants with disabilities from all part of the world a positive experience, breaking them free of their limitations and inequalities. It help them to develop their potential through group, cultural, recreational, sporting, and tourist activities. Currently in the Md 108 Italy, in the summer month, there are three camps: in Sicily, in Tuscany and in Domodossola.
Maria Aurora Cristaudo

We went to #seanoPORTOnity: ILOs at LEPF2019 Portugal

It was time again to meet most of us at LEO Europa Pre-Forum (or simply LEPF) in the beautiful city of Porto in Portugal. This LEPF gave place to one of the face-to-face meetings of International Liaison Officers (ILOs) from Europe and the Mediterranean countries. 15 ILOs could attend LEPF2019, we spent a nice weekend together and had a very productive meeting!

In the first part of the meeting, we talked about our ILO Budget, we started to think about the ILO-Board for 2019/2020 and we gave some updates about each Task Team (European Activity, Promotion and Lessons Learned)

But most importantly: we put the focus on the new European Activity! Being at the beginning of the road, we have to stay mysterious a bit and keep its main topic in secret, but we promise we won’t keep you waiting much longer. We know that our long brainstorming and hard work will bear its fruit. Now it’s all about the details and planning, hopefully we can gladden you with a fancy logo and with a fine-sounding slogan very soon.

Of course, we keep LEO4Green, so we are encouraging those LEO clubs who haven’t joined yet to send us their Manifesto.

At the end of the meeting, we shared some information about the upcoming international LEO events, such as the 2nd International Charity Weekend feat. Austrian LEOs, the LEO Convention of France, the Dutch LEO Seminar, or the LEO MED 2019 in Tunisia.

Last but not least, we were talking about the International Lions Convention which this year will take place in Milan, Italy. We are happy and proud to say that many ILO is planning to participate.

Right after the meeting, we went to the magnificent beach of the Atlantic Ocean to take some awesome pictures, just like these ones below 😉

Dorina Szalagyi ILO Board Member