5 reasons why Leos should join the Lions Europa Forum 2019!

Every year Lions gather for the annual Lions Europa Forum in one of the European countries. The event usually gathers around 800 – 1000 Lions from all across the world, but not enough Leos join in. Let’s change it this year!

The Lions Europa Forum 2019 in Tallinn, Estonia is simultaneously meant for both Leos and Lions and here are 5 reasons why you as a Leo should join!

Experience sharing and cooperation between Leos and Lions
Leos are the future of Lions. This cannot be emphasized enough. So there should be a lot of cooperation and experience sharing to improve the future and make sure that we are working towards a common goal. We have applied the same principle to the preparation of the Lions EF as Leos have been in the team from the start as equals. We are working on the program, the practical organization, the excursions and much more. There are multiple workshops and discussions that are prepared and carried out by Leos. You will also meet a lot of Leos joining in as volunteers to help us succeed with the event!

Meet Lions and talk to them as your peers
Lions Europa Forum has usually been a lot of presentation and talks where Leos do not have a lot to say. At the forum in Tallinn, we are going to change that. The whole forum focuses around three key topics:
Sustainable Circular Economy. Moto: Pure Environment – Healthy Society
Healthy Youth – Base for a European Society. Moto: Good Education – Active Lifestyle
E-Lion – Lions Cyber Solutions. Moto: Commune Globally – Serve Locally
The topics are approached through discussion groups in a world cafe format. So, Lions and Leos will sit around a table to discuss together and everyone’s opinions will be heard. The idea is that we do not want to separate the participants to tens of different rooms, but to bring them together as the common brainpower in that room can then move mountains.

Gain a toolbox of ideas to take home
We have all seen it – there is a lot of discussion when international Leos and Lions get together, but not too much actions following that once everyone goes home. At the forum in Tallinn, each discussion group will gather the main ideas and points in a summary that will be shared with the participants for follow-on actions at their home country. There are also a number of experience sharing seminars going on where Leos and Lions will introduce successful projects with the exact how, who and where, so you would be able to implement the same projects in your country. This will make up your toolbox of ideas to take home with you.

Amazing parties in awesome locations
Lions like to have fun just as much as Leos do. For that reason there are some amazing party locations planned to relax after the heavy discussions at the forum. These spots you do not want to miss. Firstly, there is a get-together party at the Lions Europa Forum, so that means an extra night of fun. Also, this party will be at an old power plant that has been turned into the hottest party location in Tallinn. Secondly, at the host night, you will get to enjoy great artists and local food. And thirdly and most importantly, the gala! Have you ever danced next to an actual submarine? My guess is that you have not. At the forum in Tallinn you will have a change as the gala is taking place at a seaplane harbor. This night will be epic for sure!

Tallinn is a hidden gem in Europe
The last reason why you should come to the Lions Europa Forum 2019 in Tallinn is actually Tallinn. It’s an amazing city and the capital of Estonia. The Old Town is under the Unesco World Heritage and when you get a change to walk around there, you will feel as you have stepped into a fairy tale. There is a lot to see and explore in Tallinn and the Estonian Leos are more than happy to show you around.

And the most important reason, by joining the Lions Europa Forum you are doing some good – together we are raising funds to support the training of 12 diabetes alert dogs who will be given to young people with diabetes in the end of the forum. We already have enough support for 8 dogs, can we reach the last 4 together?

Registration for the Lions Europa Forum 2019 is open. Check it out, register and looking forward to seeing you in Tallinn!



News from Portugal to new #seanoportonity

[Late Registration Period – a 2nd chance to stop the time]

From April 25 to May 10, you’ll have a 2nd chance to stop the time, with the late registration period starting at 19:00 (CET). ⌛

And because great #OPORTONITIES also come from different decisions, for LEF 2019 late registration you won’t be charged with extra costs! 🚫💸

Regarding payment, remember the deadlines for this period❗

April 29 – May 15, 2019 –> First installment payment (350€) or total fee (645€)
May 15 – June 5, 2019 –> Second installment payment (295€)
Don’t miss this chance to live an amazing week full of opportunities and moments to be thankful about! We are waiting for you! 🔜🎊🌊🌞🍻
#lefportugal #lef2019 #seanoportonity

European Leo Weekend – Hungary 2019

Seems like the Hungarian Leos cannot keep calm not to organize an international Leo event again! We were questioning ourselves why again but the answer was obvious! Why not! Thus we happily introduce you the European Leo Weekend in… well this time not in Visegrád and not in Budapest either but the location will be a likewise gorgeous city called Győr in Hungary. The enthusiasm contagious and preparation is underway so we hope you already got excited! So what now? Save the dates and keep calm since more information will be provided very soon! #EuropeanLEOWeekend #GetTogeGyőr



Leo Europa Forum in Portugal

Registrations for Leo Europa Forum 2019 – Portugal are open until Monday, the 15th of April!
If you did not register yet, don’t miss this opportunity of meeting new Leo friends, participating in the discussions about the Leo Movement in Europe and getting to know a new country! Hurry up and you will see that it’s gonna be a time to remember! You can sign up here: doity.pt/lef2019

All the information about registration is available on LEF 2019 website (www.lef2019.org) and facebook page (facebook.com/lef2019).

In case you need extra information, you can contact the Orgateam via info@lef2019.org

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 https://lcicon.lionsclubs.org/experience/service-projects/ and join for free by sending an e-mail to registration@lionsclubs.org 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