Lilla asks, how I got the idea of making the book for which reasons I am so much fascinated by the Lions organization, because as she saw, I became a Lion just recently.
You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else
Lions Clubs International, a service membership organization of over 1.4 million members worldwide (as of April 2015), was founded in the United States on June 7, 1917, by Melvin Jones a Chicago businessman. Jones asked, with regard to his colleagues, “What if these men who are successful because of their drive, intelligence and ambition, were to put their talents to work improving their communities?” Jones’ personal code, “You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else,” reminds many Lions of the importance of community service.
The Lions motto is “We Serve.” Local Lions Club programs include sight conservation, hearing and speech conservation, diabetes awareness, youth outreach, international relations, environmental issues, and many other programs. The discussion of politics and religion is forbidden. The LIONS acronym also stands for Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nations’ Safety.
The Lions Clubs also have their own youth organization called “The LEO” Club, which stands for Leadership Experience Opportunity. Kids from 12-18 attend alpha LEO clubs, from 18-30 years* of age the Omega-LEOs. I joined my local omega LEO Club in Wels in 2009 when I was asked from a friend, if I would like to join. To that time I actually did not know a lot about LEOs too much, also I did not know, that there were LEOs around the world. When I first got to know LEOs from other clubs in Austria and LEOs from another country (See Blogpost) I started to get interested in what LEO is.
The idea of writing a book came during a process about finding myself. I wrote about that here in detail.
*) How can you be over 30 years of age and still be a LEO? Well, this is something special in Austria. Lions accept, that we stay with LEOs longer than officially allowed and move on to the Lions when they are ready to do so.
I am ready now to end my LEO career with publishing my book.
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On 400 pages I show community service of young people, whom I was able to accompany during self-organiced travels to 25 countries between 2014 and 2017.
I am designer, creative and photographer from Wels, Austria. I’ll visit 50 LEO clubs until 2017 and will publish a book about similarities and differences of volunteering around the world.