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.
The Leo Exchange is a new project to discover other cultures and to make new Leo friends! MD 108 Italy has launched the new service called Leo Exchange, designed to foster the friendship among Leos across the world. Leo members aged between 22 and 30 years of all Countries who decide to take part in this program are invited to visit Italy for a period from 2 to 7 nights and to become guests of Italian Leo members. By the principle of reciprocity, the Leos are then required to offer hospitality to one of the Italian
Leo participants in their territory for a stay between 2 and 7 nights as well. During this year, the program will be considered a pilot project, and, for this reason, it will be available only and exclusively for the Leo multiple Districts belonging to the European area that make express request with the document already given to the ILOs. More information will be available after the definition of the list of the participating Countries.
WE WANT YOU!
TO BECOME STAFF MEMBER IN A LIONS YOUTH
EXCHANGE CAMP NEXT SUMMER!
Dear Leo friends, many of you are probably lucky enough to have already participated in the Lions Youth Exchange program. You may know that it is an experience that can completely change your life, you may know that for most of the destinations in the world the age limit is 22…that’s a pity for the Leo members…right? You may think that now you are too old for taking part in such a service… But this is totally wrong! The Lions Youth Exchange Program still offers many opportunities to us: in fact, you can always
be a host family for the participating youths, or a great Staff member in a Lions Youth Exchange Camp, in your Country or even abroad! The demand of staff leaders is very high in every Country that has a Lions Youth Exchange Camp and if we want to keep this program alive, then we must help the Lions in its organization. Being a staff member means to work side by side with the Lions that are organizing the Camp, it
means that you should be creative enough to teach fun games to the campers, it means being able to create a united group, it means hard work but a lot of fun at the same time! Every participant will develop great leadership skills as well as problem solving abilities, by spending a period from 1 to 2 weeks surrounded by youths from all the Countries of the world. For further information don’t hesitate to contact me!
Coordinator of the International Area
MD 108 ITALY
2018 has been a fantastic year for the Waihi College Leos from Waihi, New Zealand!
We are a small club consisting of 10 members but our passion for the community is enormous. We find ourself involved in almost every community event and are often approached by members of the winder community who are seeking committed and reliable volunteers. We work very closely with the Waihi Lions Club and view them as our mentors and role models in the community. The Waihi College Leos take a great sense of pride in working for the greater good and can be spotted around town in our awesome Leo T-shirts. The year was off to a great start for the Waihi College Leos when we attended the Annual Lions District conference where we weeded around native trees that had been planted the previous year by other Leo Clubs. The theme for the district was ‘Ignite the Passion’, provided by District Governor Arvind Raman. We were given the opportunity to meet other Leos from our district and discussed our clubs active roles in the community. We assisted the Waihi Lions in placing a bid for the Waihi club to host the conference in 2020. In the last few months alone, the Waihi College Leos volunteered as waitstaff at a Lions charity dinner for our local St John ambulance that raised over $10,000 dollars to go towards their building fund. We also helped out at a huge rubbish clean up in our town that was a part of New Zealand’s National Cleanup week. Along with 160 other volunteers we picked up over 100 large bags of rubbish and recycling. Nationwide, 51,000 volunteers took part and cleaned up 605 different areas, collecting over 70,000Kg of litter! We hope that we can form some great bonds with other Leo Clubs from around the globe and look forward to potentially working on some international projects together!
Leos from Leo club Mileva Maric Einstein from Novi Sad, Serbia organised their first Leo4Green project. They collected few bags of plastic caps and donated them to local organisation which sells plastic caps to recycling centers and uses money to buy wheelchairs for disabled children. This is an amazing way to help both those in need and our planet.
Pegasus Associatio is an therapeutic animal association and Leos helped in two projects. The first project was to repair the ramps / accesses for the disabled in the Pegas Association. The ramp helps the disabled people to climb to the horses where their therapy begins. Another project was repair of other ramp and repair of the fence around the rides. Each of the activities was followed by socializing and team building members of the Leo club and members of the Pegasus association. In both projects, Leo Club Rijeka co-operated with student associations. Collaboration with the Pegasus Association will continue throughout the years.
Leo activity from Finnland called Hyvänmielenpäivä or in English “The good mood day” is celebrated on All Saints’ Day around Finland. The aim is to share a good feeling and a warm atmosphere around Finland at local cemeteries by offering the visitors warm juice and home made gingerbread’s for free.
Picture: Leo Club Helsinki/Itäväylä at “the good mood day” 2018.
You can follow the Finnish Leos on our page: @suomenleot or (https://www.facebook.com/Suomen.Leot/)
As you might have already seen, instagram has recently been beriched with a new account for all European LEOs! Check it out: european.leos
This account aims to help leos around the world find and reach out to eachother more easily, while they post what activities they’re doing. So anytime you or your club are doing something fun, tag #european.leos on your post and share it with your LEO friends around the world!
With the creation of this account, another project has taken off, called #leosontheroad, which is meant for sharing your experiences abroad within the LEO community. One of the first posts of this kind was the happy encounter of two European ILOs this summer. Here a short summary:
>This September I was so happy to meet up with my fellow ILO, François, in the beautiful city of Marseille. François and his Club, LEO Club Marseille Azur, celebrated their 30th anniversary and I had the pleasure to attend the gala dinner at a lovely Chateau near the city. I met various Lions and LEOs from Marseille and Boredaux and we had an amazing exchange of ideas and experiences of our clubs’ activities. We managed to form a great friendship between eachother and hopefully between the countries and Clubs we’re representing, France and Austria. No doubt we’re going to keep in touch, create more opportunities to meet and strengthen the friendship we built.<
So next time you’re on a trip and getting to know new LEO friends, because we’re everywhere, you know, think of sharing it with all #leosontheroad .
On the 6th October, Lions club Ljubljana held its 21st traditional Grand charity Lions ball. As with tradition, Leo club Ljubljana participated with charity raffle. In Slovenia, the Leo club from the capital city has an opportunity to join its strengths with their mentor club every year. It is a great mixture of generations, knowledge and skills in a beautiful setting of a culture center, Cankarjev dom. With many honorable guests from Slovenia, twinned Leo club from Novi Sad Neoplanta, president of Leo district 129 (Matic Cmok) and Slovenian ILO (Tomaž Trobentar), the ball has also visited Salim Moussan, candidate for International third vice president of Lions Clubs international from Beirut, Lebanon.
With the event, Lions club Ljubljana and Leo club Ljubljana will help Zavod pod strehco (under the roof), and this is People’s kitchen. The basic purpose of the People’s Kitchen will be the provision of a warm meal where the elderly , the one-parent family, the younger unemployed, the homeless, the socially weak individuals who are unable to survive, the deviant people who remain on the edge of the society due to their condition, will get serverd free meal and there are also social programs or cooking workshops and individual counseling for individuals or groups.
“In a room filled with so many Leo’s, Lions, and friends, we must acknowledge that our spirit has the same purpose. We all cherish and share same values. It is why there is an instant trust between us, that speaks friendship and respect for the greater future that we build together.
” President of Leo club Ljubljana – Ana Šček.