Lions Med Conference 2017 in Alexandria Egypt *Sea of Life*

 

Knowing that Egypt was chosen for the first time as the guesting country of this conference, due to its important status among the Mediterranean countries, using the motto “Sea of Life” referring to Alexandria’s charming sea, the conference Chairperson Dr. Mahmoud El-Maghraby, and organizers, planned to impress the guests through expert organizing, elegance of sessions, comfort of guests, generosity in hospitality, full press and media coverage, tourism rounds of Alexandria touristic places, and many other factors all of which contributed in success of the conference

Moreover, there are very important symbolic signs in the convening and success of this conference, most important of which is that the conference was based on many useful workshops and general discussion sessions among a great number of participants from over 26 Mediterranean countries, in the presence of Honorary guests and studies from former international director Harry Olgan, former international director Luis Dominguez, former governors Sami Berbari, Salim Mousan and Carlo Panucci

International President of the Lions Chancellor Bob Corlew and his Deputy, Ms. Gudrón Ingvadottir visited Egypt for the second time within 2 months, Corlew in his public speech with the press and media confessed that he was impressed by seeing all this expertise in conference organizing details, which in his opinion exceeded superiority of European countries in conferences arrangements, publishing that this conference was almost ideal in all aspects.

Success of achieving the goals of the conference was remarkable in strengthening friendship ties and love among the Mediterranean countries such as France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, North Africa, Slovenia, Palestine and others, which included a number of researches on the topics of environment, economy and community service projects aiming at exchanging experiences and supporting joint action and cooperation between the Mediterranean countries.

The conference succeeded in creating teamwork spirit of LEO Members and acknowledged their important part in the organization team, who learnt and gained the ability to organize future international conferences confidently.

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By LION Fatina Hamdoun

Lions Egypt District 352

The Leo4Green Manifesto: Becoming a Drop in the Rain of Change

From the Oxford dictionary, we read that a “Manifesto” is a “public declaration of policy and aims” and that the origin of the term comes from the Latin “manifestus” that means “to make public”.

Over the course of history, many different Manifestos have been signed to publicly state causes deemed important: new arts movements (e.g. the Futurist Manifesto or the Surrealist Manifesto), political ideologies (e.g. the Anarchist Manifesto or the October Manifesto) and even related to technologies (e.g. the Manifesto for Agile Software Development). It was a simple way to get together and state, loud and clear: “This is something we believe in”.

In the world of increasing pollution levels, disappearing glaciers and endangered animal species we live in today, the Leo4Green Manifesto wants to be – first and foremost – the Leo way of declaring our intention to make our planet a better place.

The Manifesto is articulated in four key areas of actions: Water, Plants, Animal and Air. Each section indicates some possible service activities through which the signing club can take an active part to the activity, like planting trees or collecting food for animal shelters, but the possibilities are endless.

There is not one way to make the world better and, as also true in our European context, what can be the best service activity for one Country or a specific area, might not be the best for another. Leo4Green motivates each Club to go out in their communities and respond to the local needs as best as they can.

It is said that the world, out there, is thirsty for help and most get discouraged saying that a small single drop will never satisfy that thirst. But droughts are solved by rain and rain is nothing but an ensemble of small little drops.

Leo4Green embodies this spirit: each single green activity might appear small by itself, but adding them up – one by one – gives us that desperately needed rain. It unites European Leos against Environmental Issues.

How to join our green storm? Talk with your Club and agree to join the activity: then download the Manifesto from the European Leos website and follow the instructions and start being green in your own way! We are waiting for you!

By Eleonora Fresia – International Liaison Officer MD 108 ITALY

 

The Leos-Rock-Vienna Weekend surrounding the LEO Summerball

Vienna is calling for all international Leos to enjoy a lovely weekend in Austria’s capital.

Over the last years, the Leos-Rock-Vienna Weekend surrounding the LEO Summerball has become a tradition. This weekend is the perfect opportunity to get to know Vienna from a local’s perspective. Not only will you experience a traditional Viennese Ball, but we, your LEO tour guides will also show you the best sights of Vienna.

On Friday, you will first enjoy a welcome dinner with traditional Austrian food and then we will take you on a tram party. And of course there is an Afterparty as well (would it be a true LEO party without one?). On Saturday you will see one of Vienna’s most well known sights and take part in a special scavenger hunt. In the early evening it is time to depart to the castle for the Summerball. In order to cure your possible hangover, we have set up a farewell brunch for you on Sunday.

Last but definitely not least, we want to give you some information about the ball. You will be able to enjoy an exhilarating night in a fantastic atmosphere: promenade through the park, try your luck at the tombola, celebrate at the bar or dance in the ballroom and in the disco. In true LEO spirit, the ball is of course a charity ball: the net profit of the evening is donated to regional projects.

We, the LEO Clubs St. Stephan and Opera, are looking forward to welcoming you in Vienna.

Further information and tickets are available on www.leos-rock-vienna.eu
Registration closes soon, so make sure to get your tickets today!


Alexander Gonzalez-Hernandez
2. Vize-Präsident
LEO Clubs Österreich – Gesamtdistrikt 114

 

 

The biggest LEO/LIONS Party in the World: Chicago LCIC 2017

Have you ever been to a birthday party with over 20.000 participants? Would you like to?

From June 30th to July 4th, 2017, Lions and Leos from all over the world will gather at the Lions Club International Convention in Chicago to celebrate together 100 years of Lionism and 60 years of Leonism.

If, though, taking part to the biggest and most amazing Leo/Lions party in the world is not appealing enough for you, let me give you a few more reasons as of why to take part to an LCIC is going to blow your mind.

My name is Eleonora Fresia and, in my life, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to take part to six International Conventions already.

During the first one, Indianapolis 2001, I was a sort of mascot for the Italian delegation: daughter of an Italian DG and at the tender age of 6, there was nothing else I could be. I can’t say I remember much of that experience, other than trading pins, receiving gifts and playing around the tables during the French Reception. But it was already pretty awesome.

It’s my second one however, Busan 2012, that made me a loyal International Conventioneer.

It was my third year as a LEO and my first time being able to meet international Leos and connect with the whole Lions Community. I remember sitting in the audience during the first plenary session, having a hard time coming to terms with how many people were attending the event: the room was huge and the number of seats was uncountable. The going out President of that year, PIP Wing-Kun Tam, was on stage talking about the service activity he had actively promoted during that year: planting one million trees. I can still see the screen in front of my eyes reaching that fated number and then climbing up at a vertiginous speed, going past the number of 12 million.

Over 12 million trees were planted during that single year, by a little less than one million and a half Lions Club members. That number shocked me: I hadn’t planted a single tree and yet number was so much greater than what seemed feasibly achievable: that instant, is the first time I realized exactly that we – as Leos and Lions – can change the world.

My third Convention, Hamburg 2013, showed me how fun a convention can be. I have not seen a more amazing wave than the one done in a loop by the audience while waiting for the International Show to start and I can’t remember laughing harder than when watching our International Executive Board dancing on the notes of YMCA.

During Toronto 2014 and Honolulu 2015, instead, I got shown the strength of Leos and how amazing it is to be part of the “Leos of the World” Delegation during the parade. The feeling of joy I felt in that moment, giving out flags, high-fives and hugs to total strangers – some Lions and some simple spectators – receiving so much love in return and sharing it with my fellow Leos was simply indescribable. The severe lack of voice due to becoming head chanter during the parade is quite hard to describe as well!

Fukuoka 2016, finally, was the time where I realized that there is nothing more special than finding yourself in the same place as more than 20.000 other people that believe in your same values and are as passionate about them as you are.  Conventions become the place where to make good friends: a special meeting point where to get to see them all, even if you are all from different sides of the world.

Conventions are all about sharing, learning and friendship. Sharing the happiness and joy of reuniting with friends and meeting new ones, of results achieved and of new objectives discovered. It’s a time of learning differences across countries, similarities in values, new service ideas and personal discoveries. It’s about connecting with the world, improving mutual understanding and creating friendships that will last a lifetime.

Every Convention is a unique opportunity, but this one, Chicago 2017, I can’t wait to take part to: A Centennial is something not many get to see and I’m happy I’ll be able to share it with many fellow European Leos. As a matter of fact, the more the merrier is a statement that well fits Conventions: if you want to join us for this incredible event, please know that you are still in time to register and we can’t wait to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

Website link: http://lcicon.lionsclubs.org/EN/index.php

By Eleonora Fresia – International Liaison Officer MD 108 ITALY

 

 

LIONS – Stars of the Silkroad Festival

Dear LEO-Friends,

Lions of District 111-BN (LC Amorbach-Miltenberg) in Germany together with LC Bishkek/Rep. of Kyrgyzstan organise an international Arts Festival “Lions – Stars of the Silkroad” supported by the Lions Euro-Asia Committee and Lions Central and Eastern European Initiativ (CEEI).

The festival will take place from September 2nd to September 12th, 2017, in the Central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan, at the magnificent Silkroad-Route. Our objective is, to identify and sponsor young musicians or photographers who are interested in taking part at this event.

We will try to cover the travel costs for the participants by Lions Clubs of their region. We would try to form a world symphonic orchestra of young artists. Musicians will have 4 performances on stage, which are shown on state tv. Photographer will present their artwork in the National Museum of Bishkek. It is already the third time that our friends in Kyrgyzstan organise this festival together with Lions from District 111-BN in Germany. Both festivals in 2013 and 2015 were very successful. Art is a language understood by people all over the world. About 150 young artists from Kyrgyzstan, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Austria and Turkey completed by orchestral musicians from Kyrgyzstan, took part in the first two festivals on the Silkroad and elated the audience with virtuous music performances and impressive exhibitions. Several Lions Clubs enabled the young talents to participate by financing the travel expenses of the artists. “That was the best thing I could do so far.” “I’ve found friends for life.” “I’ve never experienced such hospitality before,” said three participants. The festival has left everlasting impressions. Under the patronage of Kyrgyz President Almasbek Atambaev, the events reached a broad public in the Central Asian country. The opening concert in the State Philharmonic Orchestra had over 1,200 visitors. Television, radio and newspapers reported extensively on all channels, thus spreading the lionistic idea throughout the country. Lions’ awareness is important for supporting social projects, such as the mothers of Uplift. These help to provide a life-long future to orphaned, handicapped and disadvantaged children. They will benefit from a profit of this event. The event “Lions – Stars of the Silkroad” is an exemplary achievement of the most important Lions International objectives. Especially nowadays we must maintain all efforts to spread understanding among people. This festival is a chance to meet people with different cultural backgrounds and to exchange experiences. Geographically, the country in the heart of Central Asia is predestined for a festival of encounters. Even before Christ, the ancient Silk Road brought people from the West and the East together on this old trade route. The two festivals in 2013 and 2015 are a good basis to continue the event in the 2017 Lions jubilee year and to become a lionistic highlight in Central Asia. Our goal is to bring together 100 young artists from Europe and 100 from Asia on the Silk Road to a world youth orchestra. Please help us to make this Centennial Project of Lions Club Bishkek and Lions from District 111- BN a memorable success. Identify young artists (musician, classical, folklore or jazz) in your district or promote the festival by contacting your universities and high-schools for music and make sure, that they will hang out a promotion poster. After we have received the application of a young artist, we will try to find a sponsor to cover the costs in Kyrgyzstan (1200 US-$ plus airfare). They will have 10 days of unforgettable moments and new career prospects, experience tolerance towards other cultures and at the same time help spreading and manifesting the values and objectives of Lions International in Central Asia.

Promote the stay of an artist from your region! More information at: https://www.lions.de/web/lions.silkroadstars/start and https://www.facebook.com/lions.silkroadstars/

We are very happy if you could arrange the display of poster at universities or high-schools for music/arts.

Please send an e-mail with the number of posters needed and your address to josef.ahmann13@gmail.com

Thank you very much!

Best regards

IPDG Josef Ahmann, District 111-BN

Random Tallinn Weekend

It was the Presentation of Countries night at the Leo Europa Forum in Germany when I and Nicolas Vogt realized that it has been almost 3 years since we’ve had a random weekend with Leos in Tallinn. Obviously, LEF 2016 Destination Estonia is coming up shortly and hopefully everyone will come here then, but that doesn’t mean that Estonia cannot be visited more often. So the masterplan was born and the dates set for November 5-7.

A few weeks after LEF, a Facebook event was set up and a few people invited who invited a few people who invited a few people. Let’s say it snowballed a bit. In the best sense of the word ☺ It was great to see how people got excited about visiting Estonia and booked their trips. In the end we had people coming over from Finland, Poland, Sweden (even if not Swedish), Germany and Switzerland. And obviously a number of Estonians also popped by.

The plan was easy – to have no plan! It didn’t completely go that way. The weekend did involve quite a few great food places, a lot of just hanging out together and obviously long nights of fun in the city. A bit longer for some than for others ☺

On Saturday, we decided that it’s also time to see the city in the daylight. So after a long breakfast, we walked through the Old Town square and to the seeing platforms to take a look at the city from up high. Visited the hipster region of Tallinn for lunch at Lendav Taldrik and went for a tour in most probably the creepiest place – the Patarei prison. As the winter is coming, the days are shorter so we made it to the prison just as it was getting dark and finished the tour in pitch-black. We got a tour from a former inmate who told us old prison stories, how the both legal and inside systems used to work and showed us around in the rather eerie halls. We learned that the correct answer to questions asked in prison is always ice cream ☺ Anyway, if the tour sounds interesting, everyone will get to chance to go there at one of the day trips at LEF 2016.

After another night on the town, the weekend was over too soon. Sunday let us to our usual long brunch place – the Dubliner – until people had to leave for boats and planes.

I want to say thank you to everyone who came to Tallinn! Especially to Nicolas for co-masterminding this plan. This weekend reminded us again about the main thing about Leos – the awesome long-lasting friendships! And we can’t wait to have you in Estonia again for Pre-LEF on January 22-24!

By Karin Künnapas
Leo Club Tallinn
Leo Europa Forum 2016 Destination Estonia Vice President
www.lef2016.org

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#LEPF 2015

On the last weekend of January 100 Leos from all over Europe came to Gelsenkirchen. Despite a small snow chaos (the Swiss Leos couldn´t even see the snow) everyone made it safe and sound to the Maritim hotel. After a 12 Hour day at the airport the shuttle team was relieved and happy to announce that they had made space for everyone on a shuttle and that no one got lost. At the hotel a joyful round of reunion took place. After many hugs and ´hellos` news of the past six months were exchanged and every Leo was equipped with a welcome package at the LID.

After a short rest a buffet of German specialties, such as Schnitzel and Mettigel was offered in the dining hall. This was when everyone wondered what the little film container might be for they had found in their welcome package. Was it for money? Or for a workshop on Saturday? With full stomachs and rising curiosity the tour of the hotel started. The Leos got to see the bar, the conference area, rooms and the spa. But the German orga team was prepared to impress more: everyone was invited to join a park rally with German games. In 5 teams they made their way around the lake of the hotel and it did not take long for everyone to understand the purpose of the modified film container: a shot glass necklace! The International Leos were introduced to German clichés, had to throw „Kamelle“(a dialect word for ‘caramel and the general term for sweets we throw and catch during the Carnival parades) carry full beer mugs without spilling and are now all able to sing along to the “Steiger”-song. That was not all the European Leos would learn that evening though. The motto for first party of the weekend was “mining”, as throughout history, Gelsenkirchen was famous for its mines. During a photo shoot everyone was invited to pimp his or her outfit with mining accessories.

Our first party ended in the wee hours of the morning at a time when the miners of yesteryear might have started their first shift. Despite the lack of sleep the orga-team called in Saturday with a morning meeting at breakfast. And the DLs and the ILOs also had an early start at 9 o´clock. Among other things the DLs were informed about LEF in the summer. The ILOs happily introduced two ILOs (from Romania and Luxembourg) into their round who had not been to LEF 2014 and discussed their past six months. All other Leos had the choice between three different workshops: One group learned the steps of the much-beloved “Knotentanz” a ballroom dance that involves swirling the partner around in a way that your arms end up looking like knots (Knoten). Others took part in the drumming workshop where teacher and students were equally impressed with one another. In order to receive some input for future activities in their home countries the third group learned some skills for activities with children, such as face-painting and balloon art.

After Spiderman, the Joker, Donald Duck, Pocahontas, the yellow smiley and the dog with the tongue had been washed off their faces, everyone had a nice lunch before we all went to Essen. Essen on Ice had something for everyone, from Ice-skating, Ice-Tubing and Ice-stock sports to Glühwein and hot chocolate. Even those wearing skates for the very first time learnt to remain upright and in the end many joined the LEO in the lion costume on the ice. In the end the participants proved to the orga-team that they had learned something about Germany already and excelled in “German Pünktlichkeit” by leaving the venue five minutes ahead of schedule. Back at the hotel dinner was served and afterwards everyone started dressing up for the Carnival party, the second party of the weekend.

Downstairs in the bar the party was heating up, when suddenly…a professional Carnival dance group entered the bar and performed for us. While the girls were thrown around and up in the air we watched and couldn’t close our mouth: what a performance! The cowboys, ice-princesses, zebras, bunnies, hedgehogs and clowns picked up their spirit and energy. We all partied together with an enthusiastic bar team until the early hours of the morning. As one of our participants had to make it to the airport straight after the party, the good-byes came sooner than expected.

For those of the breakfast club, Saturday ended where Sunday started for others: at breakfast. After this we gathered for a final meeting where we reviewed all the special moments of the past two days. The smiles and laughter were proof of a good time. While everyone was doing their rounds of good byes the shuttle team got their busses ready again and sent everybody off.

Now that LEPF is over the intense LEF time begins, six months of planning lie ahead of us and we will try to generate just as many smiles and as much laughter during LEF 2015 in August. We hope to welcome back all participants of LEPF and many more Leos from all over Europe.

Sweekend

The 10-12th of October something very special happened in a city called Uppsala in Sweden. During that weekend a few Swedish LEOs had organized an international event for LEO’s and LIONS’, they named the event Sweekend. There were people representing 11 countries throughout Europe that joined Sweekend, in total 62 people. The entire event was created in order to give international LEOs and LIONS presentation of Sweden and to show a bit of the Swedish culture.

The Friday, the 10th of October, was the day of the arrival and the orga-team was waiting for the arrivals at the hotel, there they had prepared name badges and maps so people would know how to get to the different locations throughout the weekend. Then it was spare-time until the evening program started. For the first evening the orga-team had prepared something really special. They had organized a finsittning. A finsittning is a Swedish student tradition. It’s a dinner where you dress up to your teeth in your nicest long dress and your fanciest suit, you then sits down for a three course meal together. During the dinner the guests each got a secret mission that they weren’t allowed to show any of the other guests and this mission had to be performed throughout the entire dinner. After the dinner there was a welcome party.

On the Saturday, the day program was packed with interesting things for the LEO’s to do together. First the orga-team had arranged a charity event with LIONS student club in Uppsala and the event was to make bracelets for a project the LIONS student club had started, called Bus4Africa. These bracelets were going to be sold at a market to raise money for an ICT centre in Makunduchi, Zanzibar Africa. The LEO’s made around 135 bracelets. After the activity the LIONS of Uppsala had prepared a nice lunch for the participants of Sweekend. Straight after the lunch, sightseeing was on the menu. The orga-team had organized two sightseeing options, one was going and explore Uppsala the other was a day trip to visit the capital of Sweden, Stockholm. The group that explored Uppsala got a private tour in Uppsala cathedral, in the treasure chamber. Then they had a guided tour showing parts of Uppsala University. The Stockholm-group went first visiting the Drottningholm Palace. It’s the most well-preserved royal castle in Sweden from the 17th century and on the UNESCO World Heritage list. After visiting the castle the group went to ‘Gamla Stan’, the Old Town, in the city center of Stockholm. For the evening the orga-team had prepared another nice dinner and after they had a themed party, the theme was: Come As A Swede.

Sunday was time for departure and so nothing official was planned, many decided to wander around Uppsala on their own. The event was quite successful and with only 4 people on the orga-team this was quite impressive and very well planned.

 

by Maria Södermark

Estonian Leo National Convention 2014

Estonian Leo National Convention took place on the 17th-19th of October in Tallinn, Estonia. This is already the 9th time that the Estonian Leos get together and this time the convention was organized by Leo Club Tallinn.

The weekend started with a nice dinner followed by get-together games. We explained words without talking, told lies about ourselves and drew our self-portraits among others. It was very fun and a great way to get to know the Leos you didn’t know before and find out even more about your friends.

The next morning began with showing and testing our sporty sides. The strong survivors were thrown outside for a football battle and basketball sharp shooting. Then things got serious with our general meeting. We discussed our district projects and club activities, foreign guest Satu and Louis told about the Leo movement in their countries, both previous and upcoming LEFs were introduced as well as the plan and team for LEF2016. Also our Lions’ district governor Mare Kolsar visited us to give a few encouraging words.

After all the seriousness, it was time to have some fun and get to know the Old Town of Tallinn. Participants were divided into teams and given various assignments across the old part of Tallinn to find and take specific pictures at particular locations. Hilarity ensured. For example, on one of the steps two friends were spending their Saturday evening and instead of a calm night they got to pose with all the teams.

Then it was time to wrap up the day with some good food and a few drinks.

We finished off the weekend by gathering all the Leos interested in LEF2016 to get their input and suggestions for the Estonian forum and get the interested parties involved in the organizing.

Overall, although it was one of the smallest Estonian Leo National Conventions throughout the years, it was still a fun weekend with great friends. Until the third weekend of October in 2015 for the 10th Estonian Leo NC! 🙂