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!