Gewoon LEF

“What a week” – that is the first thing that comes to my mind while trying to settle in back home after those seven sensationally orange days.

Now in this place I could tell you about every single program point in detail, but let’s be honest: you are reading this, so either you have been there, or you have already seen hundreds of pictures from numberous things that happened during that week. If neither of that applies to you, I just recommend to visit the LEF2017 Facebook page and have a look.

So what am I talking about in this article then? I am talking about what makes the LEF special, about those feelings the pictures can’t absorb, the reason why you shouldn’t go on a five day trip to an all inclusive resort somewhere in the mediteranian. But why you should visit a European country and celebrate LEO, celebrate social contacts, celebrate beeing open minded torwards any culture and yes, just to celebrate for the sake of it.

Because what makes any LEF, but this one in particular, special is not whether you have been in the most exciting climbing garden you’ve ever been in – that is just the icing on the cake. What makes a LEF special is the people.

So the main job for a LEF orga team is to provide the best possible support frame to make this happen.

The hotel was sold out to the LEOs exclusively (which is neat), so more than 240 people, half of them newcomer needed to be formed into one group. And damn did the orga team do a good job.

Right on Sunday, the first day, in the opening ceremony, when Vince declared the LEF opened, confetti came from the ceeling, everyone received a cold Heineken to the tunes of “Don’t Stop Believin'” and you could feel how the excitement from the old LEFers spilled over to the newcomers. Suddenly everyone was fulfilled with the LEF magic.

The fun presentation of countries on Sunday evening then helped to set aside the last reservations torwards each other and people from various countries met each other to talk and share what they consider as their national foods and drinks.

That is why I come to LEF, to meet people you wouldn’t meet if you weren’t there. To learn something about other cultures and open your mind in times when we see the opposite happen.

And what further can I say? The rest is legendary! A beautiful social activity with a visit from IVP Gudrun Yngvadottir where we took more than 200 children from difficult circumstances to the zoo will always be remembered as an outstanding highlight from LEF 2017. Two very different motto parties were crazy fun, as my LEO friends from the German carnival strongholds always tell me “put 200 people in costume in a room and it will be fun!”, even though I’d like to add: “200 LEOs is even better”.

Some Dutch events like the farmers golf or cheese making rounded the program off together with awesome day trips to Amsterdam and Rotterdam and the gala on Thursday was a beautiful evening that I am sorry for everyone who missed it.

In the end I’d just like to thank the amazing orga team once again for all their hard work and hope to see everyone again next year at a #hunforgettable LEF in Hungary!

Alexander Kölpien – ILO MD111 Germany

CAN WE BUILD THE FUTURE? – THE SHADOWS OF LIFE #3

We are honored to talk about the first international project we will undertake as the Agora LEO Club. While technology brings us closer to each other, not communicating may look like missing the opportunity. From this point of view, we are also following the leo clubs in various countries of the world and we are in communication. We need to learn from each other’s leadership, experience and opportunities. For this purpose, we will make cooperation with our Leo friends in India. On the 10th day of every month, as members of the Agora Leo Club, we will write articles on social media to raise awareness on various issues. All of these articles will be published on www.leoclubofjuhu.com These articles will be written by different member per month. Our common goals are create international awareness and to show that it is not difficult to implement an international joint project. We are so happy for doing cooperation with Leo Club of Juhu. As being Agora Leo Club and Juhu Leo Club members we will always continue to run for the best and try to we will try to raise conscious people for a livable world. #ProudLeo

CAN WE BUILD THE FUTURE?

Humankind is curious. One of the issues that humans are curious about is the future. The world is getting more complicated every year. The balances are becoming less clear every year. Sadly, we lose our humanity every year against our ambitions. In this article, it will be a question that we will look for answers;

“Can we build the future?”

Building can have many meanings but if we look for building the future it will definitely be about education. Different systems are applied for education in different parts of the world but did you think before that what is the reason of all of these education systems? “getting a job” , “gaining social status”, “earning money for satisfaction” may be your answers. The best answer to this question is actually the first exit of education, “Being a human”.

​Education has begun as a system that against to our primalization and better understanding of each other. Every day in the globalizing world the quality of education is measured by how we crush each other. You must be successful against your classmates, you must be successful against your peers etc.

​The establishment of States is seen as the agreement of people living in the same region. People who are in the same team after the establishment of the States are now in a position to gain an advantage over the different states. What I am trying to explain is that the reason for the actual exit of the education does not coincide with the understanding of today’s education. Egoism has been applied on these systems. This egoism is not only person-specific, also states are shaped in a way too. Because people who are in the same state as the agreement are closed to work together with other states in their essence to glorify themselves.
According to psychologists, the conflict of egoism brings violence. Since the states enter this category, conflict means war. You may see me as a person who is trying to create conspiracy theories in every complexity but the only thing that I do is go through over the cause and effect relation.

I’m just trying to reflect on the expectations of today’s world. It is necessary to correct the education to correct all these. We should learn mathematics for exercising our brain not for being a part of a raceWe should learn science for involving to the innovation and developing technology and not for getting a applause when we say information that we memorize. We should learn social sciences to think more consciously and not to memorize dates, places or perspectives.

If I am summarizing, we have to be educated for our personal development and increasing humanity not for our ambitions which is frazzle all of us. There are some countries where education is at a fairly good level but in some countries education is seen as a way to exploit humanity. We people should know that ideas are immortal, power balances are still in the hands of mankind. We have to act to finish this exploitative system, and there is only one way to improve ourselves until we succeed it; reading books. You can not show me any country that has a high rate of reading books and has lagged behind in civilization.

Books give us a life experience so we learn not to make the same mistake. It creates an angle of view to us so that multiple systems of thought are found. I think that the agreements for both people and states can be successfully achieved with high consciousness by throwing egoism on the edge. This is how we find the true meaning of education and reach the world that we dream of.

​We must be conscious and work on this path for a better world. Books can change the world. Building the future will succeed in this way.

Link to articles: http://www.leoclubofjuhu.com/blog/category/the-shadows-of-life 

LEO Feridun Öncel
2nd Vice President
Social Media Manager of Agora Leo Club, Turkey (118-R)

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.

Conference Magazine:

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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.