Jay Copp 2014-11-12 00:25:43
Zoetermeer Centaurea Cyanus Leo Club, Netherlands Age 25 | Pilot/Resident of Izmir, Turkey I moved to Turkey to get a job. But I know everything that happens with my Leo club. We text all the time. I go back about every two months and still am really involved. All the Leos in my club are best friends to each other. I went to the Leo Europa Forum in Istanbul this year, and I saw the problem that Leos don’t know how to reach each other. So I thought, why don’t we have an interactive map where you can see how many clubs there are and how many Leos there are? If you’re on holiday and you want to serve, or need a hotel, or a place to sleep or eat, you can use the map. It’s something that young people would like to use. I worked on it six months, and it’s working good. My mom is a role model for me. She is a positive, active, social person. I try my best to be like her. She’s a Lion, and she told me the district governor wanted to start a Leo club. She knew I had started a student group in flight school, so I guess she thought I could do it. I started out inviting two close friends to dinner. Then we invited five other friends. What really helped was on our national service day in the Netherlands when we worked with Scouts on painting their building and building a pier. There was a newspaper story. And we had a Facebook page, so people found out about us and joined. There’s a Lions club in Germany—Unitas Mundi—that meets online. They’re former Leos spread all over Europe, and the language is English. So it’s right for me. They went to Amsterdam not long ago to fix a woman’s house. She has four kids and her husband left her. I’m making a PowerPoint to tell the club who I am and I’ll meet with them soon.
Published by International Association of Lions Clubs . View All Articles.
This page can be found at http://digital.lionmagazine.org/article/Edward+Obreen/1859314/233493/article.html.