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Programme Committee I                             Page   3
Programme Committee II                            “      5
Monitoring Group I                                “      7
Monitoring Group II                               “      10
1st European Council                              “      13
2nd European Council                              “      15
IVP Meets VDG                                     “      24
IP Meets DG                                       “      25
IP Meets PIDs                                     “      26
Meet the IP                                       “      28
Opening Ceremony                                  “      29
Closing Ceremony                                  “      32
Main Theme: Humanitarian Commitment               “      34
Main Theme: Civic Commitment                      “      38
Theme: Leo and Youth                              “      42
Theme: The Future of Lionism                      “      44
Theme: International Relations                    “      47
Theme: Women in Lionism                           “      51
YEC Meeting                                       “      54
Musical Contest Committee                         “      57
Seminar: L.C.I.F.                                 “      65
Seminar: Lions meet Leo                           “      67
Seminar: Mediterranean Conference                 “      69
Seminar: Lions on Internet                        “      71
Seminar :Lionism in Eastern Europe                “      73
Seminar: Ethical Standards and Conduct Policies   “      79
Euro – Africa Committee                           “      81
Workshop: Youth Exchange                          “      83
Workshop: Lions Quest                             “      85
MD IT Committee                                   “      88
Meeting of the General Secretaries                “      90
Meeting of the Magazine Editors                   “      91

                              PROGRAMME COMMITTEE I

     DATE: September 30th, 2004 TIME: 10.00–11.00 a.m. ROOM: HOTEL SHERATON
     LANGUAGE: English
     CHAIRPERSON:           PID Massimo Fabio, EF2004 President
     VICE PRESIDENT:        PID Eberhard J. Wirfs, EF2005 President
     VICE PRESIDENT:        PID Phil Nathan, EF2006 President
                            D Erkki J.J. Laine, ID delegate of IP
                            PID Giovanni Rigone, Archivist and Advisor EF
                            PCC Flora Lombardo Altamura, Delegate EF2004
                            PDG Francesco Tavoni, Delegate EF2004
                            PCC Andreas Hansel, Delegate EF2005
                            PCC Klaus Tang, Delegate EF2005
                            PCC Geoff Leeder, Delegate EF2006
                            PDG Philip Goodier, Delegate EF2006
     SECRETARY:             PDG Francesco Migliorini, Lions Armando Di Giorgio
     PARTICIPANTS:          PIP Giuseppe Grimaldi, Honorary President EF2004
                            PDG Luigi De Sio –General Secretary
                            Lions Luciano De Filippis – Treasurer
                            Lions Basilio Perugini – Social Activities
                            PDG Osvaldo de Tullio – Special Advisor
                            PDG Luciano Bruna – Musical Contest
                            Lions Sergio Di Donato – Executive Secretary
                            Lions Gordana Kaitovic – Agorà
                            Lions M. Pia Saggese – Executive operations


1.   Welcome address and introduction
2.   Approval of the minutes of the Programme Committee of February 2004
3.   Review of participating to 50th Europa Forum
4.   Programme of activities
5.   Main themes
6.   Logistic, Agorà
7.   Social events
8.   Programme Committee II (October 2nd)
9.   Miscellaneous


PID Massimo Fabio, EF2004 President, opens the session and outlines its program, according to
the decisions adopted by the Program Committee held in February 2004. He underlines the
participation of the various Nations and the choice of the Main Theme “The Lions commitment
in European Society” divided in “Humanitarian Commitment” and “Civic Commitment” that
concern the needs of modern society and the community. He describes the sessions that will be
held in the Auditorium and the other rooms, and explains, in particular, the logistic organization,
the Agorà, the “Speaker’s Corner” and the social events to ensure broader participation.
The 2nd European Council will be held in the Auditorium to verify the participation of the
delegates of Districts and MDs in order to have correct results in voting on proposed proposals.
In the end ID Erkki J.J. Laine speaks about the meeting of the IP with PI

                                PROGRAMME COMMITTEE II

     DATE: October 2 nd 2004          TIME:2 a.m. – 3,30 p.m.        ROOM: E.U.R.
     LANGUAGE: English
     CHAIRMAN:                        PID Eberhard J. Wirfs, President EF 2005
     VICE PRESIDENT                   PID Phil Nathan, President EF 2006
     VICE PRESIDENT                                President EF 2007
                                      ID Sergio Maggi Delegate del IP
                                      PID Giovanni Rigone – Archivist and Advisor EF
                                      PCC Andreas Hansel – Delegate EF 2005
                                      PCC Klaus Tang – Delegate EF 2005
                                      PDG Philip Goodier – Delegate EF 2006
                                      PCC Geoff Leeder-Delegate EF 2006
                                                        Delegate EF 2007
                                                        Delegate EF 2007


1.   Welcome and introduction
2.   Preliminary programme EF 2005
3.   The main theme EF 2005
4.   Date of the Programme Committee meeting in February 2005
5.   Miscellaneous


     1. Address of the IPID Eberhard Wirfs

     2. Introduction of the program and works prevision of the EF 2005 in Stuttgart through
     presentation in Power Point by IPID Wirfs and PCC Prof. Dr. Hänsel.
     Explanation of the part of the program regarding training, workshops and seminars as well as the
     Musical Prize 2005. In particular possibilities are discussed to globally examine for the first time
     the single thematic areas through a „cross planning."
     The motto of the forum is: Lions for European future

     3. Presentation of the frame program for the social events, with the " Stuttgart Night", the" Get-
     together-party" the" Farewell Dinner" and the" Accompanying program"

4. Explanation of the expenses estimated for the participants. For the „all inclusive “ price the
PID Dr. Giovanni Rigone remarks that in compliance with the „Rules of procedure “the
aforesaid „social events “, must be separately considered and accounted. This will subsequently
be considered by the German O-Committee.

5. Next Programme Committee Meeting is fixed on 2-6 February in Stuttgart.

                                MONITORING GROUP I

DATE: September 30th, 2004             TIME: 11.00 – 12.00 a.m.
LANGUAGE:              English
CHAIRPERSON:           ID Erkki J.J. Laine – Delegate IP
PARTICIPANTS:          ID Hans Ulrich Dätwyler
                       ID Howard Lee
                       ID Sergio Maggi
                       ID Jan A.Holtet
                       PID Giovanni Rigone – Archivist and Advisor E.F.
SECRETARY:             PID Harri Ala- Kulju


1.Critical evaluation of EF 2003
2.Comments for EF 2004
3. Analysis of the conduct of EF 2004 according to LCI’rules
4. Miscellaneous


As International President' appointee and chiarman of the Monitoring Group ID Erkki Laine
wished all attendees heartily welcome to the first EF 2004 Monitoring Group meeting.
He reminded, that the voting members of the commitee are the European International Directors.
The Advisor has the right to be present and speak, but not vote.
He suggests that PID Harri Ala-Kulju keep the minutes of the EF 2004 Monitoring Group

Decision: the motion was adopted unanimously.

2. Critical evaluation of EF 2003
Chairman Erkki Laine asked for comments concerning the previous Forum in 2003.
No comments were made.
ID Jan Holtet expressed his wish that the minutes of the Monitoring Group meetings be sent to
the starting 1st year directors too.
ID Erkki Laine informed, that the President had appointed ID Sergio Maggi as President'     s
representative for EF 2005 in Stuttgart.

3. Comments for EF 2004
Three things were discussed:
1. The content of the material sent to participating countries before the Forum
2. The list of material that will be sent.
3. The ways to increase information on registration etc. in European countries and other
Constitutional areas.

3.1 Content of material sent before the Forum
Chairman Erkki Laine informed, that at least two multiple districts had contacted him and asked,
why they had not received any information on the content of the proposals on the agenda of the
European Council.
The EF Advisor Giovanni Rigone stated, that according to the Rules of Procedure of the EF it is
necessary to send only the agenda, but not written proposals.

After discussion the Monitoring Group noted, that both interpretations, to send only the Agenda
or to send the Agenda with proposals were possible.
The EF advisor informed that the Monitoring Group could provide a new interpretation of the
rules and recommend its application for EF 2005.

Decision: the Monitoring Group agreed on a new interpretation of the EF Rules of Procedure,
Article X.5. According to the new interpretation both the Agenda and the proposals have be sent
to Member Countries or States by 15th July.
The new interpretation will be applied from EF 2005 onwards.

3.2 Delivery of material before the Forum
Decision: the Monitoring Group recommended that all material, sent to Member Countries or
States, should also be sent to the European International Directors (members of the Monitoring

3.3 Information on registration
Decision: the Monitoring Group made a recommendation, that the EF Advisor take on the
responsibility of passing the contact information of the Organizing Committee ( including the
web site address ) on to the LCI so that attendees from other Constitutional Areas could find an
easy way to register themselves.

3.4 Advisor' comments on the proposals on the Agenda of the European Council
The EF Advisor Giovanni Rigone stated that there were two details in MD 111’s proposals for
change in The Rules of Procedure of the EF which contradict existing rules.

1. Article IX.2
 To establish an Internet Centre…. the wording “delegate” should be changed to be “participant”.

 2. Article VI.4.d
The appointment of “Europa Forum’s Accountants” . The following sentence should be added
after the word “Accountants”.
“as per point seven of the Accounting System for Voluntary Contributions, carried out at the
Europa Forum Bruxelles 2002.”

Decision: the Monitoring Group recommended that the Advisors’ motions be adopted at the
European Council.

4. Examination of whether the conduct of EF2004 was within the rules of LCI.
No comments were made.

5. Miscellaneous
Chairman Erkki Laine suggested that the Monitoring Group 2 meeting should be held at the
Sheraton Hotel instead of the Congress Centre.

The motion was adopted unanimously.

6. Closing

ID Erkki Laine closed the meeting at 10.00 a.m

                                            MONOTORING GROUP II

        DATE: October 2 nd 2004            TIME: 7.00 a.m.         ROOM: E.U.R.
        LANGUAGE: English
        CHAIRPERSON:                       ID Erkki J.J. Laine
        PARTICIPANTS:                      ID Hans Ulrich Dätwyler
                                           ID Howard Lee
                                           ID Sergio Maggi
                                           ID Jan A. Holtet
                                           PID Giovanni Rigone – Archivist and Advisor EF


 1.        Critical examination of the 50 th EF and suggestions for the nest
 2.        Analysis of the Forum conduction according to LCI’ rules


 1.        Welcome
      As International President’s appointed representative to the Forum in Rome 2004, and Chairman of the
      Monitoring Group, ID Erkki Laine called the meeting to order, and welcomed all those attending.

 2.        Present
      In attendance were ID’s Erkki Laine (Chairman), Howard Lee (acting Secretary), Hans Ulrich Datwyler,
      Jan Holtet and Sergio Maggi.

 3.        Apologies
      Apologies had been received from PID’s Giovanni Rigone (Forum Archivist and Monitoring Group
      Advisor) and PID Harri Ala-Kulju (Secretary).

4.Minutes of Last Meeting
      The minutes of the last meeting, held in Rome on 30 September 2004, were agreed.

5.Acting Secretary and Minutes
      In the absence of the Secretary, it was agreed that Howard Lee should take the minutes. It was agreed that
      the minutes would not be confidential.

 6.Meeting Postponement
        This meeting had originally been scheduled to be held immediately after the second meeting of the
        European Council in Rome. However, in view of the long over-run of that session, this had not been
        possible. All parties, including those not in attendance here, had agreed to the postponement of the
        meeting until 9 October 2004.

 7.Conduct of Rome Forum
        Considerable discussion took place concerning the programme and scheduling of the Rome Forum and
        future Fora. In particular, the following point were discussed and agreed in respect of all future Fora:-
7.1. If any of the hotels are more than ten minutes walk away from the conference centre, every effort should be
     made to ensure that transport is freely available at all times that the conference centre is in use for the
     delegates to get to and from the centre.
7.2. All session chairmen and/or moderators should have a good command of the English language.
7.3. All registrations should be confirmed within two weeks of receipt.
7.4. The variety of the presenters of papers and topics should be as widely representative of the member
     countries as possible.
7.5. All meeting rooms must be properly segregated, so as to minimize the overspill of noise from one to
     another. They should be suitable in size and equipment (especially audio) for the numbers attending and the
     nature of the session.
7.6. The scheduling of sessions should be carefully done to avoid overlaps, and to make it as easy as possible for
     delegates to attend as many sessions as possible.
7.7. “The Development of Lionism in Central and Eastern Europe” should be on the agenda for every Forum, as
     should “The Future of the Forum”.
7.8. Each candidate for ID should have a maximum of five minutes to make his presentation. He/she may use an
     introducer if he/she so wishes, as part of his/her five minutes.
7.9. Whilst it is recognized that only duly appointed representatives may vote at sessions of the Council of
     Europe, all attendees should be entitled to speak on any legitimate business at any session.
   8.        Interpretation of Rules of Procedure
        It had been noted that there was considerable confusion over the interpretation of the Rules of Procedure,
        Article X, section 7. To clarify, the Monitoring Group consider that the phrase “All input contributions”
        should include proposals, so that all proposals must be submitted to the Council in two languages, being
        the author’s home language and English. Likewise the Monitoring Group consider that the phrase “All
        informational materials” should also include proposals, so that all proposals must be prepared in all five
        Forum official languages, and circulated to all member countries (by 15 July – see Rules of Procedure,
        Article X, section 5) in the language in which they would receive other informational materials.

   9.        Email Circulated by Rome Forum President
        An email dated 5 October 2004 had been sent by the Europa Forum 2004 President to the LCI
        Executive Officers, and a number of International Directors. The main text of the email read as follows.
        It is repeated here exactly as it appeared in the email.

     During the 50th Europa Forum, Roma, many motions have been approved and we reserve to forward
     them as soon as possible. One of these, adopted at the unanimously from the European Council, is very

important and for this we urgently forward the text so it can be discussed during the meeting of the
Board in Chicago. The motion approved unanimously is:
“The participants of the 50th Europa Forum, Roma, held on October 2nd, 2004 in Roma, noticed the
need of Lionism to compare with the evolution of the social dynamics on universal scale, confirmed the
opportunity to carry on a role of the service both on the side of the humanitarian commitment and
reminded the necessary to give continuity to the action of the service on a context ever more globalize
and no more broken up in a series of local needs, wish that the Lions Committeement grows in suitable
measure to become a fundamental component for a real solidarity at the kind service, and express
wishes so that the associative growth could be characterized by a strategic role of the area For a, and
by a better participating contribution descending from a grater democratic representation at the at the
International Convention and by a Board composition proportional to the presence of the Lions in the
single constitutional areas.”

The Monitoring Group found this text very difficult to understand, but took it that it was intended to be a
request to the International Board for an elective system based strictly on proportional representation.
However, it noted that there had been no formal proposal put before the Forum in these words, and was
therefore of the opinion that no such decision had been made by the member countries of the Forum.

                                 FIRST EUROPEAN COUNCIL

      DATE: September 30th, 2004      TIME:4.00 – 4.30 p.m.        ROOM: AUDITORIUM
      LANGUAGE:                Simultaneous translation
      CHAIRPERSON:             PID Massimo Fabio, President E.F. 2004
      VICE PRESIDENT:          PCC Takis Kyriakides President E.F. 2003
      VICE PRESIDENT:          PID Eberhard J. Wirfs, President E.F. 2005
                               ID Erkki J.J. Laine Delegate I.P.
                               ID Hans Ulrich Datwyler
                               ID Howard Lee
                               ID Sergio Maggi
                               ID Jan A. Holtet
                               PID Giovanni Rigone – Archivist and Advisor E.F.
      SEGRETARY:               PDG Luigi De Sio – Lions Armando Di Giorgio
      PARTICIPANTS:            All Districts of members Country; one voting representative
                               per member country, in according to the Rule of the Forum


 1. Opening, by the Europa Forum President
 2. Credentials
 3. Address of the ID representative of the IP
 4. Approval of the minutes of the Cyprus EF 2003
 5. General presentation of the EF 2004
 6. Presentation of proposal and motions:
    a. Candidacy for the Europa Forum 2007
    b. Main Theme for the Europa Forum 2006
 7. Report of the Auditors of Accounts of the Europa Forum 2003
 8. Report of the representative to the Council of Europe
 9. Miscellaneous


PID Massimo Fabio, President of 1st European Council, opens the session. He outlines the aim
of the meeting and verifies the presence of the Delegates of the MDs and Ds of participating
In his address, ID Erkki J.J. Laine, IP delegate to EF2004, calls for the increase of Lionism in
Eastern European Countries and for twinnings with Lions Clubs in these Countries.

PCC Takis Kyriakides, President of EF2003, outlines the program and the activities of EF2003,
held in Lemesos, Cyprus and requests the approval of the proceedings of EF2003. The delegates
approve the minutes.
PID Massimo Fabio outlines the program of 50th Europa Forum 2004 and its Main Theme “The
Lions commitment in European Society” divided into “Humanitarian Commitment” and “Civic
He informs that registered participants at the moment are 684 with 437 accompanying guests for
a total of 1,121.
There are no proposals to host the Europa Forum 2007. The French representative (MD103)
confirms the French candidature for 2008.
The Main Theme of the EF2006, that will be held in Bournemouth, Dorset, England, UK, from
18th to 22nd October 2006, will be: “Ordinary people amazing things”.
PID Phil Nathan, EF2006 President, shows some pictures of Bournemouth.
PID Giovanni Rigone presents the report of the Board of Auditors regarding the financial
management of EF2003..
PID Giovanni Rigone also presents the report on the activities of European Lions at the Council
of Europe.

                               SECOND EUROPEAN COUNCIL

     DATE: October2nd, 2004 TIME:3,30 p.m.– 5,30 p.m. ROOM: AUDITORIUM
     LANGUAGE:             Simultaneous translation
     CHAIRPERSON:         PID Massimo Fabio, President EF 2004
     VICE PRESIDENT: PCC Takis Kyriakides President EF 2003
     VICE PRESIDENT: PID Eberhard J. Wirfs, President EF 2005
                          ID Erkki J.J. Laine, Delegate IP
                          ID Hans Ulrich Dätwyler
                          ID Howard Lee
                          ID Sergio Maggi
                          ID Jan A. Holtet
                          PID Giovanni Rigone – Archivist and Advisor EF
     SECRETARY:           PDG Luigi De Sio – Lions Armando Di Giorgio
     PARTICIPANTS:        All Districts of members Country; one voting representative for
                          member Country, in according to the Rule of the Forum


1.     Opening by Europa Forum President
2.     Credentials
3.     Report on seminars and workshops
4.     Voting on proposals:
     a. Candidacy for Europa Forum 2007
     b.Main Theme of the Europa Forum 2006
5.     Presentation of proposal and voting:
     a) Proposal submitted by MD 105 to add a paragraph to Art. VI/2 of the EF Rules of
     b) Proposal submitted by MD 105 to emend the Art. VI/4c of the EF Rules of Procedure.
     c) Proposal submitted by MD 105 to introduce a new competition at the Europa Forum
         Art. VI/4 /I & X/4.
     d) Proposal submitted by MD 108 to change point 1/c of Appendix B, model calendar of
         EF. Rules of procedure.
     e) Proposal submitted by MD 111 to put in place an International Working Group to
         increase the efficiency of the Europa Forum.
     f) Proposal submitted by MD 111 to introduce same changes to the LIONS EUROPEAN
         MUSICAL COMPETITION. Rules of Procedure.
     g) Proposal submitted by MD 111 to remunerate and change some existing paragraphs at
         Art VI, IX, X, &XI Ef. Rules of Procedure.
     h) Proposal submitted by MD 102 for the constitution of a permanent subcommittee for the
         EF future.
     i) Proposal submitted by MD 102 for the constitution of a permanent subcommittee for the
         development of Lionism in Eastern Europe.

6. Voting of the resolutions:
   a) Humanitarian Commitment
   b) Civic Commitment
   c) International Relations
   d) Future of the Lionism
   e) Women in Lionism
   f) Leo and Youth
7. Miscellaneous


1 - PID Massimo FABIO open the session. The participant are 815, with 396 accompanying
person; moreover there are about 60 people that contribute in the managing: the total is over
1200 participants at the EF 2004 - Rome. The organizing commitment has been very
remarkable, with positive results also in relation at the simultaneous translation did in the
plenary sessions to take place in the Auditorium

2 - Credentials: 19 Delegates of accredited Countries are presents (see attached list)

3 – Report on Seminars and Workshops: see the following point 6.

4 – Voting on the proposals:
    a)Candidacy for Europa Forum 2007: no candidacy;
    b)Main theme of the Europa Forum 2006: “Ordinary people amazing things”.
    It has been approved unanimously.

5 – Presentation of proposals and voting:
  In opening, PID Erkki J.J. LAINE, President of the monitoring group, observes that the
  proposals must be sent before the date of 15th July. He remarks that 2 proposals of the
  Switzerland (sent in time) aren’t inserted in the Agenda, moreover he remarks that the
  Italian proposal is written only in Italian language. The following proposals are discussed
  and voted:
  ” This Council approves that Article VI, Item 2 of the Lions Clubs International
  “Rules of Procedure for the Europa Forum” (as adopted in Porto, Portugal, 2001),
  be amended by inserting an additional paragraph (to follow the present final
  paragraph) to read:

 The result of each decision made at a meeting of Council shall be formally declared
 by the chairperson of that meeting and should be duly recorded in the published
 Minutes thereof. Such declaration shall also record the total numbers of:
     Delegates present and entitled to vote

    Delegates voting in favour
    Delegates voting against
    Delegates abstaining”
 PROSAL APPROVED: 19 yes (Unanimously)

  “This Council approves that Article VI, Item 4c) of the Lions Clubs International
  “Rules of Procedure for the Europa Forum” (as adopted in Porto, Portugal, 2001),
  be amended by deleting the word “Three” in the first sentence and replace it with
  the words “up to a maximum of five”
  PROPOSAL APPROVED:19 Yes (Unanimously);
   This Council adopt the introduction of a competition to be known as the “ Lions
  European Young Ambassador of the Year” generally as the document ‘ LIONS
  procedure for the European Constitutional Area competition’ accompanying this
  proposal and that the first such competition be held at the Europa Forum
  scheduled for Stuttgart in 23005 (subject only to the host committee agreeing that
  sufficient funds can be made available to cover the costs arising there from) and
  thereafter to be held annually at all succeeding Europa Fora”.
    PROPOSAL NOT APPROVED (3 Yes, 12 No, 3 Abst)
   “Enclosure B – Standard Calendar
  At letter C modify the deadline for the presentation of proposals to be submitted to the
  attention of the Programme Committee during the meeting of February, postponing the
  date of expiry from 31st December to 31st January”.
e) MD 111 PROPOSAL :
  “The Council of Governors of MD 111 Germany, in its meeting of 13 March 2004,
  has voted unanimously for the following motion:
  the European Council shall decide to put in place an International Working Group
  of not more than eight members from different Multi – Distrcts or Single Districts.
  The Presidents of the Fora of 2003, 2004 and 2005 shall be born members of this
  Working Group. The remaining members shall be recruited from the different
  official language groups of the Forum.

 The duties of this Working Group shall include preparing proposal to increase the
 efficiency, actuality and orientation towards the participants of the Europa Forum
 as well as to optimise the ratio between prize and results of this event.
 The Working Group should start at the Forum in Rome or shortly thereafter, should
 present a first report at the Forum 2005 in Stuttgart and deliver a final report
 including precise proposals on possible amendments at the Forum 2006 in

 f) MD 111 PROPOSAL:
   Rules of Procedure of the Lions European Musical Competition including
   amendments proposed at Forum 2004 in Rome

                             Rules of Procedure


   In order to encourage talented young musicians, a Musical ... prize may be
   presented annually on occasion of each Lions Europa Forum.

   During the Europa Forum a competition will be organised to identify the
   winner of the annual prize.


           Participants must be ... not more than 25 years on January 1st in the year of
           the competition.
           Participants must have been resident in the territory of the entering member
           of the Europa Forum for at least three years prior to January 1st in the year
           of the competition. “Members” are countries or states as defined in Article
           III – Rules of Procedures of the Europa Forum.
           No winner of any competition may participate in any future competition.
           Each member of the Europa Forum may nominate one and only one
           participant for the competition. The registration of the participants has to
           be made to the Chairman of the Committee by June 30th in the year of the
           All cost of a participant in attending the competition shall be the
           responsibility of the entering member.


           Each participant shall be required to perform
              An imposed piece of a duration of approx. ten minutes
              A piece of his/her own choice of a duration of not more than 10
              Minutes. A duration of more than 10 minutes will lead to the
              disqualification of the participant.
           The prize will be equivalent to EUR 5000:
           • 1st prize: EUR 3.500
           • 2nd prize: EUR 1.000
           • 3rd prize EUR 500

Host Country’s Responsibilities:

          The host member of the Europa Forum at which the competition final is
          held shall be responsible for :
          Proposing the instrument and the imposed piece to be played in the year of
          the competition. The selected instrument shall not include any instrument
          selected for the competition of the two proceeding years.
          Announcing the instrument latest at the Europa Forum two years in
          advance of the competition.
          Announcing the imposed piece in a letter to the Chairman of the Committee
          on February 28th latest of the year preceding the competition .
          Accepting notifications from members of their intention to register a
          participant. The notifications have to be made by June 30th in the year of
          the competition.
          Appointing a panel of judges (not exceeding 5 in number) comprising
          professional musicians and music teachers who may not be closely related to
          any participant. In view of the international character of the competition,
          two of the judges are recommended to
          Come from countries outside the host country.

          Providing facilities for an elimination contest, including practice facilities for
          the participants.
          Providing facilities and time at the closing session of the Europa Forum so
          that al least the winner of the competition will be presented to the Forum
          before the end of that session.
          All costs incurred in carrying out the above including the price money of
          EUR 5000. The host country may seek sponsors to provide funds for these


        A Committee will be appointed to be responsible for the overall running of
        the competition. It will also be responsible for the endorsement of proposals
        put forward by the host country including expansion of and/or alteration to
        these guidelines.
        The Committee will be appointed by the European Council form year to
        year and include one representative from each of the know two future,
        present and immediate past host members.
        The Committee shall appoint a Chairman (not being one of their own
        members) of their choice for three years. Re-election is possible.
   PROPOSAL APPROVED: 19 Yes (Unanimously)

                “Rules of Procedure” of the Europa Forum

           Proposed Amendments to be discussed at the EF 2004 Rome

 The following amendments to the “Rules of Procedure” of the Europa Forum have
 been adopted at the National convention of MD 111 Germany on 15 May 2004, they
 will be sent to the President of the Europa forum 2004 in Rome in due time, so that
 he may include them in the agenda of the European Council where they will be
 discussed and decided upon.

  Attached to this introductory document are the rules in full text, including the
  proposed amendments. They apply to:
        Article VI – European Council, Paragraph 4 c (new).
        The appointment of the Europa Forum’s Archivist & Advisor is one of the
        duties of the Council.
        Article VI – European Council, Paragraph 4 d (new):
        As in the case of the EF A&A, the appointment of the Europa Forum
        Accountant(s) should be brought forward from Article IC – Financial
        Aspects, Paragraph 1.
        Article VI – European council , Paragraph 4 i (new):
        Following the complaints of many delegates to the EF, the Council should
        receive a report on those topics discussed and agreed upon during the
        workshop sessions of the actual forum that require a voting decision by the
        council. This report has to be prepared by one speaker who will collect input
        from all workshop.
        Article VI – European Council, Paragraph 4 j:
        This paragraph has been brought forward from (former) paragraph 4 i, as it
        follows logically the new Paragraph 4 i. As a consequence of both (new)
        paragraph 4 i and 4j, the Council may appoint sub-committees (new 4 k).
        Article IX – Organisation Committee, Paragraph 2 a):
        The Internet Centre should explicitly be used for the registration of
        participants as well.
        Article X – Organisation, Paragraph 9:
        As the appointment of the EF A&A has been moved to Article VI, 4, this
        paragraph is reduced to his duties concerning the organisation of the
        Article XI – Financial Aspects, Paragraph 1:
        The appointment of the EF Accountant has been moved to Article VI, 4.
  PROPOSAL: APPROVED (14 Yes, 3 No, 2 Abst.);
h) MD 102 PROPOSAL: NOT APPROVED (7 Yes, 10 No, 2 Abst.);

6 – Voting of the resolutions about seminars and workshops relations:
a) HUMANITARIAN COMMITMENT: European common service are recommended:

b) CIVIC COMMITMENT: to examine the integration problem in order to activate better
civic conscience of all people. APPROVED (18 Yes, 1 Abst.)
c) INTERNAZIONAL RELATIONS: the following motion is presented: The seminar on
international relations met this morning October 2nd 2004, revised the report of the
representatives to the international organisations and to the Council of Europe.
Furthermore the reports by Mediterranean Conference Committee, Euro - Africa
Committee, Extension to European Eastern Countries, Services given to Africa by
Italians Clubs, Ethnical Minorities, Multicultural Societies and related laws, and
International Co operation as well as on Reinforcing the peace culture commitment by all
the Lions of Europe.
At this time we submit to the Council just one resolution, regarding the Charter of
European Humanitarian Citizenship, accordingly to the emended text presented by
PDG Bocchini (Here attached) unanimously approved.
On behalf of the Committee we ask the Chair to submit for vote the text of the Charter
that in case of approval has to be forwarded to the Council of Europe.
d) FUTURE OF LIONISM. The following motion is presented:
The attendees to the Seminar on THE FUTURE OF LIONISM gathered in Rome during
the Europe Forum

Lionism has to face globally with the dynamic social evolution

The opportunity to work out as a service international organization on both the
humanitarian commitment and the testimony of civic responsibility’s fields

The indefeasibility of continuing the service to suffering mankind within a frame of
unity and more and more globalization avoiding to take care only of the local needs

That the Lions commitment may grow continuously and become a fundamental
structure of solidarity able to give effective service to the human being

 Express vote that
The Forum’s areas can have a strategic role in the Association organisation, a larger
representation of the Clubs, at International Convention and proportionate board
representation linked to and respectful of the membership of the various constitutional

7 – Miscellaneous: None

                       Resolution approved at the point 6/c

The Lions of Europe gathered in Rome for the 50° Europe Forum, pursuing the ethical –
constitutional duty to contribute to a better comprehension among the people of the European
Continent, necessary to build up a true European Society.

Confirming the Recommendation made by the Cyprus 49° Forum to the European Union

Strongly believing that the approval of the EU Constitution is a step ahcad for a better
understanding, in the respect of the different culture, history and tradition, among all the people
of Europe.

Aware of the NGO rule “ to create and foster a spirit of better understanding among all the
people of the world” as well as that the International Association of Lions Clubs extended in
Europe in 40 countries with a membership 272.000 Lions serving suffering mankind in 9722
Lions Clubs, has the scope “ to create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of
the world” regardless to race, gender, religion or political credo.

Convinced that it is a Lions Commitment to set out the creation of a common culture for the
migratory problems and for a very sincere comprehension amid all the culture, religion skill of
life, existing in our planet.

For all these reasons they agree to establish a :

                       Charter of European Humanitarian Citizenship

                                           Art. 1
Any citizen of Europe has humanitarian social duty toward the community in which lives and
                                              Art. 2
     The European Humanitarian Citizenship is expression of the principle of pluralism, social
subsidiary and humanitarian solidarity expressed for the tutelage of the fundamental human
right through the effective participation of all the European citizens to the society ‘s social and
solid organization, taking active interest in the civic cultural, social and moral welfare of the
European community.

                                             Art. 3
    Object of the European Humanitarian Citizenship shall be to promote a spirit of better
comprehension among all the people of the European Continent over coming any social,
economical and civic impediment, limiting the civic understanding.

                                                  Art. 4
     The achievement of such a fundamental commitment shal be developed through the
permanent consultation of all the Lions Clubs belonging to the 123 European Districts under
the rule and modality established by the European Council of Cooperation with the purpose to
establish a free and open discussion on all the problems of common interest. ECC
responsibility shal be to promote the value of cultural artistic and architectonic good,
eliminating the causes of incomprehension and helping the less fortunate to have a better
quality of life, indispensable for a society living in peace, liberty and solidarity.

     Charter’ s primary object shall be also to promote permanent education of youth through
interactive comparison between the various educational models encouraging the pride of being
part of and became instrumental in determining a future founded on the capability to say “no”
to any social, moral, pysical pollution and deviation

                                                 Art. 6
    A Permanent Observatory shall be created to promote and foster the Charter purpose at
any institutional International level within the European Continent.

                          INTERNATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT
                         MEETS VICE DISTRICTS GOVERNORS

DATE: September 30 th 2004  TIME: 12 a.m. – 1,30 p.m.        ROOM: AUDITORIUM
LANGUAGE:      simultaneous translation
CHAIRPERSON: PID Massimo Fabio – EF President
SECRETARY: PDG Francesco Migliorini


1.   Introduction and presentation
2.   Vip Ashok Mehta explains the lines of his programme
3.   Questions and answers
4.   Conclusions


The First Vice International President Ashok Mehta illustrates the guidelines of the programme
for the next year that will be officially defined in the month of January 2005.
The VIP underlines the need for to be committed to a steady increase in membership of the
social base, relying on elements available to the service required for being a member of our
Another topic on which he dwells is the leadership needed to achieve the concrete involvement
of members of Clubs.
Several attendees ask for additional details regarding the different parts of the programme
The VIP closes the meeting urging future Governors to work with commitment to fulfil the
aims of the Association.

                              INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT
                              MEETS DISTRICT GOVERNORS

DATE: September 30th, 2004 TIME: 2.30 p.m. – 4.00 pm ROOM: AUDITORIUM
LANGUAGE:               Simultaneous translation
CHAIRPERSON:           PID Massimo Fabio – EF President
PARTICIPANTS:          IP Clement Kusiak
                       ID Erkki j.j. Laine – IP delegate at EF
SECRETARY:             PID Paolo Bernardi
PARTICIPANTS:          DG Europe


1.   Introduction and presentation
2.   The International President Clement F. Kusiak explains his program
3.   Questions and answers
4.   Conclusions


PID Massimo Fabio, EF2004 President, opens the meeting, welcomes and introduces IP
Clement F. Kusiak explaining the purpose of the meeting with DGs.
During the meeting with the DGs the Presidents provides important information.
In Lebanon the Lions have signed an agreement of collaboration with an American University.
The Board is discussing if the age when Leos have to leave the Association should be raised.
The Board will be transformed and a report will be submitted at the Hong Kong Convention.
The Board is studying the Sight First II Programme.
He firmly believes that DGs should visit the Clubs zone by zone.
He intends to stimulate the entry of women; in the first month 5000 women joined the
Association so it is imaginable that at the end of the year there will be 60,000 new female
A symposium on childhood problems will be held in Slovenia next January.

                            PAST INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR

DATE: October 2 nd 2004 TIME: 8.30 a.m.– 10.00 a.m.   ROOM: ROMA
CHAIRPERSON: PID Massimo Fabio– President EF
SECRETARY:        Lions Mario Manganaro
PARTICIPANTS: European PID, PIP Giuseppe Grimaldi,1° VIP Ashok Mehta.


1.      Introduction and presentation
2.      Speech of the IP Clement F. Kusiak
3.      Questions and answers
4.      Conclusions


     PID M. Fabio opens the meeting and President Kusiak asks ID Howard Lee (MD 105) to give
     the presentation on his International Growth Program for 2004-2005.
     The video presentation, dealing with the "Membership Mission", begins as follows: Every
     morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will
     be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will
     starve to death. It doesn't matter if you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you
     better be running.
     The membership goals of the International Growth Program is to achieve a 5% increase in
     growth in 2004-2005, i.e. + 1.5 members per Club and + 67,000 new members for the
     Association. Furthermore, 1,700 new Clubs, 25,000 new women members and the retention of
     6,000 members. These goals, says the President," are clearly ambitious, but are within reach
     because we have new ways to achieve them".
     To obtain these results, it is necessary to apply a three-section strategy. In the first section,
     attention has to be focused on the person, using both existing resources and management skills,
     linked together closely, and always focused on membership. To this end, it will be possible to
     rely on the International Officers Growth Initiative Team which is concerned with growth
     initiatives and will be continuously in touch with Districts and Clubs: news and suggestions
     from the International Team will arrive through International Directors and District Governors
     to Club Presidents, and vice versa.
     The second section of this Programme consists of Membership Tools already in use since May-
     June 2004, suited to the achievement of these goals. The first tool is a “Very Big Yellow
     Envelope" (VBYE) for Club Presidents, District Governors and Vice Governors and
     International Officers: it replaces the separate mailings of the past and contains news and
     instructions. The second one is the "Healthy Club Toolbox" containing ideas for club

management, member recruiting, service activities and incentives. This toolbox is now
successfully used in North America.
The third section of President Kusiak Program consists of incentives: Awards and
Recognitions for District Governors, Club Presidents and Members. This same section of the
programme includes Awards for Lions with 25 or more years of service.
The plan for expanded membership initiatives has been approved by the Board for Argentina,
Central and Eastern Europe, China, Indonesia and Spain too.
After this well documented report, President Kusiak comments extensively on different parts of
his programme focusing on its characteristics. Furthermore, he mentions the content of the
letter he distributed to Governors during the Opening Ceremony of the Forum in which the
important results of the Sight First campaign are summarised and that includes the proposal for
a second phase of this Service to be submitted at the next Convention in Hong Kong.
For this second phase, a feasibility study and time-table for the fund-raising campaign have
already been prepared.
The President then thanks all participants and the Chairperson PID Fabio ends the meeting.


DATE October 2 nd 2004 TIME: 11,30 a.m. – 1,00 p.m             ROOM: AUDITORIUM
LANGUAGE:       Simultaneous translation
CHAIRPERSON: PID Massimo Fabio – EF President
PRESENTS:      IP Clement F. Kusiak
               IPIP Tae Sup – Lee
               I° VIP Ashok Mehta
               II°VIP Jimmy Ross
SECRETARY: Lions Armando Di Giorgio


1.   Introduction and presentation
2.   Brief speech by the International President
3.   IP Clement F. Kusiak explaines the lines of his program
4.   Questions and answers
5.   Conlclusions


PID Massimo FABIO welcomes IP Clement KUSIAK.
The meeting is important, because everyone can speak to the IP and ask him questions.
At the beginning, a video concerning the IP program is shown. Then, the IP outlines the
main themes of his programme “sharing success” that we can achieve in our work with the
contribution of everyone: officers, DGs and lions.
Sharing success is a significant result that can be achieved through our work as Lions.
The recruitment of new lions is very important and special awards have been introduced for
the clubs that achieve a 5% and 20% growth.
Participants ask many questions concerning the growth of Lionism, the quality and the
quantity of new lions, youth malaise, youth programs, the presence of women both as lions
and officers and the greater integration between Lions and Leos.
The IP, 1°IVP and 2°IVP answer the various questions.

                                       OPENING CEREMONY

     DATE: September 30th, 2004 Time: 5,30 pm – 7,30 pm      ROOM: AUDITORIUM
     LANGUAGE:             Simultaneous translation
     CHAIRPERSON:          PID Massimo Fabio, EF 2004 President
     VICE PRESIDENT:        PCC Takis Kyriakides, EF 2003 President
     VICE PRESIDENT:       PID Eberhard J. Wirfs, EF 2005 President
     SECRETARY:            Lions Fernando Giuseppetti
     MASTER OF CEROMONIES: Lions Giuliano Cois
     PARTICIPANTS: All Lions and Forum Guests


      1. Opening and welcome
      2. National Anthem of USA, in honour of International President Clement F. Kusiak
       3. National Anthem of Finland, in honour of Delegate of International President to EF
       2004,Erkki J.J. Laine
      4. European Anthem, “Ode an die Freude”
      5. National Anthem of Italy, Host Country
      6. Presentation of the Flags

         Banda musicale dell’Arma dei Carabinieri

      7. Welcome and Address by the Forum President, PID Massimo Fabio
      8. Welcome by the Council Chairman Luciano Ferrari
      9. Welcome by the Vice Mayor of Rome, Honourable Maria Pia Garavaglia
     10. Address by PIP Giuseppe Grimaldi, Honorary President E.F. 2004
     11. Address by International President, Clement F. Kusiak
     12. Address by Prof. Giovanni Conso, Emeritus President of the Constitutional Court
     13. Conclusive address by President of the Forum, PID Massimo Fabio

         Multimedia Performance “Luoghi dell’Anima”
         on theme of the human solidarity
         Cultural association “Il nido dell’Angelo”


   The musical band of the Carabinieri opens the ceremony by performing the National Anthems:

- of U.S.A., in honour of International President CLEMENT F. KUSIAK;
- of Finland, in honour of the Delegate of the International President, ID ERKKI JJ. LAINE;
- of Europe, “Ode an die Freude” in honour of the EU;

- of Italy, in honour of the Host Nation of the Europa Forum.

   Then, the band performs “Va'       pensiero” from Nabucco by G. Verdi to honour the flags of the
   Lions, the UN, the FORUM banner and at all the flags of the participating countries. The band of
   the Carabinieri leaves after performing two marches.
   As scheduled the Forum President, PID MASSIMO FABIO takes the floor, welcoming
   participants to the 50th Europa Forum in Rome and showing as its symbol the Arch of
   Constantine that represents the will of Romans and Lions to withstand decline as an affirmation
   of freedom of conscience which allows us to work for humanity.
   The President stresses the dual commitment of the Forum, humanitarian and civic, that although
   different, are like the two sides of the same coin.
   It is necessary, the President underlines, to conceive Lionism as being consistent with traditions
   and the constitution and by-laws, but also in accordance with the times and the capability to
   favour participation.
   The Deputy Major of Rome, MARIA PIA GARAVAGLIA, takes the floor, welcoming
   participants to Rome, the eternal city where the first European Treaty was signed and where on
   29th October next the European Constitution will be signed.
   In this context, the important work of Lions is evident, Lions who as volunteers, are very
   demanding citizens vis-à-vis themselves and government institutions, who are accustomed to
   civic commitment which means to feel responsible for others.
   Then there are the greetings of the Council Chairperson LUCIANO FERRARI who, on behalf of
   MD Italy, welcomes all European Lions to this 50th Forum, a far-reaching historical event that
   fits in with the spirit of a united Europe under a great Constitution.
   This is followed by the speech of PIP GIUSEPPE GRIMALDI, honorary Europa Forum 2004
   President, who says that, Rome is celebrating half a century of European meetings, which started
   in 1953 in AIX LES BAINS, France.
   The Europa Forum, initially, was not recognized as event of international value, until the Area
   Forum was set up in 1974 which gave such value to this initiative.
   PIP GRIMALDI closes remembering that Lions are always ready to work and have always
   shown their commitment to supporting all people who live in difficult conditions.
   After having thanked President Mr. FABIO, International President CLEMENT F. KUSIAK
   takes the floor and says he is very happy to attend the Europa Forum in Rome, the eternal city
   and cradle of world culture.
   This city – the President adds – has to be looked up to and admired for its history and success
   over the centuries, to the extent that all this must be encourage Lions to achieve higher goals.
   This Forum shows the value of Lions, as individuals and as Clubs, and highlights the need to
   involve all the Lionistic movement in favour of youths who will be our future in Europe and the
   world: all Lions are happy about youth exchanges and ensuing experiences and this because only
   thanks to these experiences of young people, will we have a bright and radiant future, as bright
   and radiant as the city that hosts us.
   “In this way we’ll continue to be the most widespread and respected Worldwide Service
   Association - the President says – but, in the meantime, it is necessary to cultivate and improve
   the responsibility of the Association’s Leaders: this important Forum will contribute to this
   improvement and for this reason, as of now, I congratulate myself with you Europeans for the
   results you will achieve at this Forum that will serve as a boost to continue to work in “We

At this point, Prof. GIOVANNI CONSO, Emeritus President of Constitutional Court, takes the
floor, thanking the organisers for the invitation that moved him greatly and stating that today it is
necessary to be steadily and actively present in the Community.
The Lions already do this, Prof. CONSO underlines, but it is necessary to shake leaders, involve
all influential persons now that in Rome the European Constitution will be signed. This
Constitution should not remain dead letter, but be concretely applied and become effective.
Prof. CONSO closes by remembering that our hearts are overjoyed by the news of the release of
the two "Simonas" but says that this is not sufficient because suffering and tragedies should not
only to be avoided, but prevented; from this point of view, Lions are strong and have great
The President of the Europa Forum, PID MASSIMO FABIO, closes the opening ceremony and,
referring to what Prof. CONSO said, and thanking him, specifies that what we think or imagine
should always be realised, so that doing and acting are most important than speaking.
 The President underlines, however, that these meetings among Lions, of which the Europa
Forum is one the greatest expressions, require dialogue and verbal expression to allow our
Association to make progress.
President FABIO ends his speech by remembering that traditions have to be cultivated and
respected and that "without solidarity no freedom is sure".
The foregoing speeches are followed by the multimedia show “I luoghi dell’anima” on the theme
of human solidarity, by the cultural Association “Il nido dell’angelo”.

                                 CLOSING CEREMONY

DATE: October 2 nd 2004 DATE: 5,30 pm. – 7 p.m       ROOM: AUDITORIUM
LANGUAGE:               English
CHAIPERSON:             PID Massimo Fabio- President EF 2004
VICE PRESIDENT:         PCC Takis Kyriakides – President EF 2003
VICE PRESIDENT:         PID Eberhard J. Wirfs – President EF 2005
                        ID Erkki J.J. Laine – Delegate IP
                        ID Hans Ulrich Dätwyler
                        ID Howard Lee
                        ID Sergio Maggi
                        ID Jan A. Holtet
                        PID Giovanni Rigone – Archivist and Advisor EF
SECRETARY:               Lions Mario Manganaro
PARTICIPANTS:            all Lions and Forum Guests


1. Opening of cerimony – PID Massimo Fabio- President EF 2004
2. Summary and conclusions – ID Erkki J.J. Laine -Delegate IP
3. Presentation of the candidates for ID 2005-2007:
        - Introduction of the candidate: PCC Claus A. Faber (MD 111)
           introduced by PID Eberhard J. Wirfs
        - brief address by PCC Claus A. Faber
        - introduction of the candidate PDG Miklos Horwarth (MD 119)
            introduced by VDG Agotha Treiber
        - brief address by PDG Miklos Horwarth
        - introduction of the candidate PCC Philippe Soustelle (MD 103)
            introduced by PID Jacques Garello
        - brief address by PCC Philippe Soustelle
4. Presentation of the Candidates for International Vice President
5. Address of the IP Clement F. Kusiak
6. Reslults of Lions European Musical Interpretation Contest:
    performance and award by the winner
7. Presentation of the 51 st Europa Forum 2005, Germany
8. Presentation of the 52 nd Europa Forum 2006, British Isles and Ireland
9. Conclusions by President of EF 2004 – PID Massimo Fabio
10. Official closing and transfer of the Europa Forum flag to Germany


PID Massimo Fabio, as President of the Forum, opens the ceremony and thanks all Lions for
their attendance, underlining the presence of the International President Clement Kusiak, 1st
Vice President Ashok Mehta, II Vice President Jimmy Ross, International Directors, and many
International Directors and Past Directors, Governors and Past Governors. He then shortly
summarizes the very positive two days of meetings. However - he adds - Lions are not just
work, as evidenced by the organisation of a Musical Competition, i.e. a cultural event, in which
participants from seventeen European countries took part.
Later, PID Fabio invites the candidates to the office of International Director, who will be
elected in Hong Kong Convention, to introduce themselves. They are: PCC Klaus A. Faber,
introduced by PID Eberhard J. Wirfs; PDG Miklòs Horvàth introduced by VDG Agotha Treiber
and PCC Philippe Soustelle, introduced by Jacques Garello. The floor goes to the candidates to
the office of II International Vice President: PID James Fowler and PID Nesim Levi.
Then, President Kusiak thanks PID Fabio for the organisation of this important Forum and gives
him an award: the Presidential Medal.
The Ceremony continues with the prizes for the Musical Contest. The winner is Jean Luc
Votano – MD 112 Belgium and runner-up is Moran Katz, D 128 Israel.
The winner, a clarinet player, performs a short concert accompanied by the piano.
The 51st Europa Forum 2005, that will be held in Stuttgart (Germany), is presented, followed by
the projection of a number of very interesting slides. This is followed by the presentation of the
52nd Europa Forum 2006 that will be held in Bournemouth, Dorset, England, UK.
At the end of the closing ceremony, PID Massimo Fabio gives the Forum flag to PID Eberhard
J. Wirfs, President of the next Forum, and declares the 50th Europa Forum to be closed.

                                     MAIN THEME
                               HUMANITARIAN COMMITMENT

   DATE: October 1st, 2004 TIME: 10.00 a.m. -11.45 a.m.           ROOM:AUDITORIUM
   LANGUAGE: Simultaneous translation
   CHAIRPERSON: PCC Giancarlo Vecchiati
   SECRETARY: Lions Massimo B. Giannaccari


1. Introduction and Presentation
2. Proposal of International service: PDG Giovanni Micali – UNICEF – MD 108

3. Lionism and Handicap: PDG Michel Bernardin – MD 103
4. Aidweb.org: an European Lion’s International Project: PDG G.Ferradini – MD 108

5. Report of Seminary LCIF: Peter Lynch
6. The point of view of LEO

7. Safety day: CS Markus Flaaming - MD 107
8. To serve disable youth: CS Buket Aksu – MD 118
9. Living Children of the street art shop: Ordinc Gunduz - MD 118
10. Guest house/Rest home: Oya Sebuk _ MD 118
11. Preconception diagnosis: Brunori, Giusti, Spisni - MD 108
12. Discussion ( 3 minutes for each intervention )
13. Conclusions


 1 - President Giancarlo Vecchiati ( MD 108 ), introduces the theme of Humanitarian
 Commitment, which is one of the primary objectives of the Association.
 This Commitment shows that we are consistent with the aims of Lionism and it provides two
 opportunities: to share service experiences, so that it may become patrimony of everybody; and
 to think about the utility of working on common objectives to create fairer and better conditions
 of life for many people.
 Everyday human rights are trampled on, especially those of most vulnerable members of society,
 like children.
 This is a new, big and exciting challenge for all European Lions.

2 - Giovanni Micali ( MD 108 ), President of the Italian Committee for UNICEF, introduces
Hans Olsen, Vice Director of Unicef in Geneva, who illustrates an interesting experience, “Back
in school” made in Monrovia, where school pillaged during the war, received two trucks full of
school material (pens, pencils, rubbers, blackboards and so on), so that lessons could be held
outdoors too. This experience was reproduced in Afghanistan where hundreds kits were handed
He underlines that the Unicef is the only agency that works for and with children, with 7000
collaborators in 160 countries.
Unicef works with all the governmental and not-governmental organization and 70% of its
budget comes from non-governmental sources.
Lastly, AIDS is a social plague in many underdeveloped countries, which is the cause of many
deaths; as a result, numerous children became orphans and start to live in the streets, abandoned
to them.
Lions could offer significant help in the search and supply of medications to help parents and
reduce the number of orphans.
This could be the evolution of relations with Lions.

3 – Michel Bernardin ( MD 103 ) shows what a disability is and how medicine divides it into
three different types: physical, mental and social disability; moreover there is a 4th type of
disability that leads to social exclusion.
The first main effort of Lions in favour of the disabled dates back to 1924. At the end of the
Oklahoma Convention, the white stick was chosen following the call for help of a young blind
woman, Ellen Keller. This is a service which is geared towards helping the blind.
In addition to blindness, Lions have also dealt with deafness and brain-injured persons. In the
case of the latter, the French Lions from District 103 set up a service called “together on the
same path”.
He also mentions social handicap and autism, young disadvantaged people who live on the fringe
of society ( poor unmarried mothers and inmates).
Lastly, two institutions are mentioned which can help the Lions’ Clubs become a partner of local
and national authorities in this field: the National Council of the Disabled, that exists in many
European countries, and the European Disability Forum based in Brussels.
The latter was founded in 1996 and includes over 120 organisations. The suggestion is to work
together with these institutions.

4 – Gianfranco Ferradini ( MD 108 ) explains the function of the “Aidweb.org“ portal that is to
offer assistance to the families of children with rare diseases.
According to WHO, there are 5000 rare diseases worldwide and about two million people are
affected in Europe.
In 2002, the experience of Edoardo, became an example of service in Italy, with the result of
over 300,000 hits in one year.
We propose to our friends from other nations to reproduce this experience at a European level
and take advantage of the internationality of the Lions Clubs to present a common portal to the
Giuseppe Paiardi ( MD 108 ), President of the Aid Web portal, wants to promote, starting from
the 50th European Forum in Rome, a true Lionistic Europe to help the families of children with
rare diseases through services.

5 – Peter Lynch, in charge of the LCIF Division, draws everybody’s attention to the fight against
blindness and people affected by natural disasters, as well as to two new different projects: the
Struggle against AIDS and “Clean water” .

President Vecchiati mentions that only the 2% of the funds collected are for the Foundation and
adds that it is necessary to raise this figure in order to become a greater reference point.

6 – was not discussed because the speaker was absent

The next speaker is 1st International Vice President, Ashock Metha, who announces a seminar on
youths that will be held in Slovenia. The Board is examining the idea of raising the age limit for
Leos from 28 to 35.

7 – Markus Flaaming ( MD 107 ) describes a very significant service created in Finland. The
Finnish Clubs purchased 200,000 reflectors and donated them to school pupils exposed to danger
in the streets.
 The Finnish television and radio reported on this service to disseminate information.

8 – was not discussed because the speaker was absent

9 – Erdinc Gunduz ( MD 108 ) describes the project of an art workshop for street children aged
between 12 and 18. The aim is to develop and apply extra-curricular programmes involving the
teaching of different disciplines like painting, sculpture, cinema, photography, music and theatre.
The children have to make a film in four months and will organise and exhibition for their
paintings and photographs.

10 – Oya Sebuk ( MD 118 ) describes the project regarding the building and running of a guest
home for the physically and mentally disabled who are homeless in Istanbul. The partners of the
project are the municipality of Bakirkoy and the health department. The Centre will be able to
temporarily host the disabled children whose parents travel extensively or who come to Istanbul
to receive specific treatments. A special committee will select guests according to the procedures
of the social services department. The aim is to extend this project throughout Turkey.

11 – Irma Brunori ( MD 108 ) talks about preconception diagnosis of all pathologies, hereditary
or acquired, that may have negative repercussions on babies. She sums up all the risk factors:
toxicological, pharmacological, infectious and genetic and recommended tests.

As all scheduled presentations have been made, the President opens the floor to the audience.

The President of the Moscow Club ( MD 123 ) takes the floor to announce that the Foundation
has donated US$ 10.000 to help the children, victims of the Beslan tragedy.

Jean Villanova (MD 103) invites European countries to identify a common cause shared by all
Lions. It is necessary to have European Lionism to meet the specific needs of our continent, to
give new impetus to Lionism in Europe and follow its development in eastern Europe.

Bruno Martini ( MD 108 ) describes the activity of the seeing-eye dog Training Centre in
Limbiate, established in 1958 that trains 1,450 dogs each year.

Salvatore Trigona ( MD 108 ) presents the activity of the non-profit organisation “solidarietà
sanitaria” that provides support to the populations in Central Africa and in the Amazon.

There are some contributions from the floor regarding the pros and cons of the raising the age
limit for Leos.

The President closes the session, thanking participants for the contributions. He hopes and calls
for European Clubs join forces to foster great European Lionism.

                                         MAIN THEME
                                      CIVIC COMMITMENT

   DATE: October 1st, 2004    TIME: 4,30 – 5,45 p.m.               ROOM:AUDITORIUM
   LANGUAGE: Simultaneous translation
   CHAIRPERSON: PDG Osvaldo de Tullio – MD 108
   SECRETARY: Lions Fernando Giuseppetti
   PARTICIPANTS: all Lions


1. Introduction and presentation
2. Our Civic commitment, why and how: PID Jacques Garello – MD 103
3. Limits of our commitment: PID Philipe Gerondal- MD 112
4. The principle of subsidiarity: DG Franco Marchesani – MD 108
5. Human right and immigration: PCC Sebastian von Sauter – MD 111
6. Partnership in the city: Grilhault des Fontaines – MD 103
7. The point of view of Leo: Leo Alberto Soci – MD 108
8. New concept of unity: Lions Rami Efrati – D 128
9. The freedom of the press: Lions Alessandro Tich – MD108
10. Social balance: Lions Piero Martinuzzi – MD 108
11. Discussion ( 3 minutes for each intervention)
12. Conclusions


 The President, PDG Osvaldo de Tullio, opens this important seminar reminding participants that
 the CIVIC COMMITMENT of Lions has to be understood as the widest achievement of the
 spirit of solidarity that was the great intuition of Melvin Jones.
 This is the spirit that aims at eliminating social evils and, in particular, at promoting actions to
 prevent, (and not only “to remedy”) the evils of present-day society, such as diseases, poverty,
 marginalisation, inequality, abuse and injustice; it also includes the protection and development
 of the fundamental rights of man, such as liberty, justice, equality and peace.
 Civic commitment involves relations and work with people and public Institutions; it certainly
 involves a humanitarian commitment, but has to be carried out in a more sophisticated, long-
 lasting and effective way through the intuition and the suggestion of collective actions
 concerning general, social and political interests: this is a “primary” commitment tied directly to
 the “purposes” of Lionism.
 It is essential from this point of view to:

- reconcile the principle of Peace with whatever hinders its affirmation;
- reconcile the rights of individuals with the rules of general well-being, social justice, the defence of
    denied or neglected interests.
    This work may be carried using “solidarity”, which is the true engine of the action of Lions.
    In order to fully implement Melvin Jones’ plan, the principle of solidarity must be spread as
    much as possible among people that have to feel an active part of the community in which they
    live and it has to become a social duty which the constitutional and legal systems of the
    sovereign states must take into due consideration.

      Methodologies and tools of Lions achieve these purposes:
-   to act as an “ opinion movement ” in society;
-   to collaborate with public institutions to develop rules that comply with the defence of fundamental
      rights and solidarity-based awareness;
-   to serve as the critical and constructive conscience of the action of Institutions;
-   to promote the protection of general interests, often neglected by states today, by awakening the
      civic conscience, the revaluation of family and the creation of volunteer organisations that work
      together with public Institutions.
      At this point, the Chairperson leaves the floor to the other speakers and calls on PID Jaques
      Garello (MD 103) who immediately specifies that Lions are needed because society is changing
      and offers new challenges that create confusion: faced with a increasingly violent world, the
      mission of Lions is very difficult and has to be aimed at educating to freedom and good will to
      create a just and brotherly social structure.
   The floor is then given to PID Philippe Gerondal (MD 112) who clarifies that the association of
   Lions aims at protecting people and their rights at three levels:
- Right to freedom, safety and a fair trial;
- Economic, cultural and social rights;
- Rights based on new values geared towards development and peace.
   To uphold all of this, Gerondal insists, Lions have to be committed, involving the civil society
   and serving as an example to others in a period of great conflicts and predominance of weapons.
   PCC Sebastian von Sauter (MD111) states that “young people must be protected as they are the
   future of our Association.”
   European Lions have to make sure that young people follow rules of behaviour, providing them
   with models.
   PCC GRILHAULT DES FONTAINES (MD 103) takes the floor after von Sauter and reminds
   participants that the fund-raising activity of Lions has to favour the non-lionistic Associations,
   working on the field: this means taking part in the actions in cities, this is subsidiarity.
   Lion RAMI EFRATI (MD 128) takes the floor and explains that in Israel a “College of the
   Lions”, has been set up, which is run by Mrs. Rina Vais; it is centre for the implementation of the
   activities of Israeli Lions and is open to non-Lions too.
   After Efrati, DG Franco Marchesani speaks about the “principle of subsidiarity” in general and
   in particular of tuberculosis in Europe and in the world, which is a pathology that leads to death
   and that has the highest death rates in Russia and eastern Europe.
   Franco Marchesani clarifies that currently tuberculosis is an underestimated problem, since even
   today about one third of the world’s population is infected by the bacillus of tuberculosis (9
   million new cases and 2 million deaths every year). Tuberculosis kills about 5,500 people per
   day (200 per hour) worldwide.

To curb TBC in Europe, it is necessary to fight against hunger and favour development
programmes, spread the culture of peace, contribute to the solution of existing conflicts, help
research in order to discover new remedies and vaccines, to fight AIDS, to support free co-
operation and investments in human resources.
In this context the LCI has to become willing to develop the foregoing services through
organised “teams” and be willing to employ human and financial resources.
The speech of Leo Alberto Soci aims to show the point of view of Leos on the matter and, more
specifically, the concept that civic commitment is the finest human work.
Leo Alberto Soci recalls then the saying:” Give a fish to a man and you will feed him for one
day, teach him to fish and you will feed him for his whole life”: this is the civic commitment of
Lions and Leos, offering help through our professionalism and becoming aware of specific
The way our society is structured, says Soci finally, fails to encourage young people to join our
Association and does not allow Leos to bring their message of solidarity to other young people.
Our society needs people dedicated to service and therefore civic commitment is what improves
the present and builds the future.
Lion Alessandro Tich (MD 108) takes the floor and talks about the freedom of the press,
understood as a high degree of the sovereignty citizens in a democratic state, because all states
have to uphold the freedom of opinion and information and, therefore, the freedom of the press.
New technologies, says Tich in conclusion, are changing free information and above all the
Internet that grants access to everybody without filters or control.
Lions Peter Martinuzzi (MD 108) concludes the series of the scheduled speakers. He deals with
the issue of the “social budget”, affirming that Lions often choose Services without awareness
only to highlight the activities of Presidents or Governors and this is not the best way to serve.
It is necessary, instead, to have a social budget that applies in and out of the organisation.
As far as the free contributions are concerned, the President of L.C. Roma Nomentanum,
Salvatore Orestano, underlines that the Club is the bearing structure of Lionism and is
responsible for the success or failure of the lionistic idea: if Clubs do not work, the District and
the whole Association will not work.
From this point of view, concludes Orestano, to make Clubs active, it is necessary to focus on
young people and above all to take Leos into greater consideration, strengthen relations with
them, respect their autonomy and highlight their activities, especially in schools: young Leos in
schools talk to youths using a common language.
Lion Carlo Pellacani of District 108 TB takes the floor and mentions that a museum for the
celebration of the Italian flag has been set up in Reggio Emilia and is the only one in Italy,
containing 24 completely restored flags of the Risorgimento.
It is necessary to remember, underlines Pellacani that the civic and cultural identity of our
Country and our flag, established and formed well before Europe must be protected: Italian
patriots, after all, anticipated the construction of a context of relations beyond the nation,
foreshadowing the search for a unity of intents and actions among the states of Europe.
The Chairperson, PDG Osvaldo De Tullio, at this point, draws the conclusions of this interesting
seminar on civic commitment and, after thanking the speakers for their valuable messages,
underlines that civic commitment is one of the primary activities of the association because, as
mentioned in the introduction, it is part of the “purposes” of Lionism and involves the fulfilment
of the spirit of solidarity aimed at eradicating social evils.

The President closes the session reminding participants that, from this point of view, only
relations with the various members of society and institutions and the work accomplished
together with them will lead to the progress of society and the improvement of the quality of life.

                                      LEO AND YOUTH

DATE: October 1st 2004 TIME: 2,30. – 3,30 p.m.          ROOM: AUDITORIUM
LANGUAGE: Simultaneous translation
CHAIRPERSON: PDG Cesare Diazzi – MD 108
SECRETARY: Lions Simone Roba
PARTICIPANTS: All Lions and Leo


1 – Introduction and presentation
2 – Report Leo and Lions seminary – PDG Roberto Fresia - MD 108
3 – Young Ambassador – PID Phil Nathan-MD 105
4 – Young Ambassador – PDG Alexander Rist MD 111
5 – Leo’s point of view – Leo Joris Bloemen MD 112
6 – Youth uneasiness and relations with the school – PDG Luigi De Sio MD 108
7 – Youth and science – Lions Adriana Rocco Villotta MD 108
8 – The music museum project – Lions Ozdemir Ozkan MD 118
9 – Gare Megelday – Lions Necati Yalaz MD 118
10 – Discussion
11 – Conclusions


Participants: over 150 people (International President Clement F. Kusiak, PIP Pino Grimaldi,
PIDs, DGs, VDGs, PDGs, YECs, Lions and Leos)

1. The Chairperson thanks International President Kusiak because in his speech, the previous
day, he spoke of Youth Exchange and Youth Camps. He takes the opportunity to deliver a plaque
to the International President on behalf of all attending YECs and the European and Japanese
Camp Directors.

2. Lion Adriana Villotta asks permission to anticipate her speech. She illustrates her theme
“Youth and science-to touch the air, to feel the earth shake.” It is a project that will allow us to
make ideas reality. Talking with young people through science: it is a project that will allow us
to enter schools by involving Leos. Meteorological and seismological data will be collected. The
estimated cost is 300 for the meteorological part.

3) PDG Fresia illustrates the results of the seminar held in the morning (see proceedings).

4) PDG Gerhart Knoblauch sets out the results of the Lions Quest seminar held in the morning
(see proceedings)

5) PID Phil Nathan speaks of his proposal regarding the Young Ambassador that will be
submitted tomorrow to the Forum to suggest this activity. He invites all Lions to vote for this
resolution, previously approved at the Oporto Forum but cancelled due to technical reasons. The
attempt to propose it again failed and now in Rome he encourages all the Delegates in favour of
this project.

6) PDG Alexander Rist introduces the young winner of the Young Ambassador prize that gives
her testimonial.

7)PDG Luigi De Sio, before his speech, informs that there are over 1,300 Leo members.
The causes of youth malaise have to be sought in society, especially in school. It is necessary to
recover fundamental values: family, country, religion.

8) Lion Ozkan introduces the project of the music museum with a long history of oriental music.

9) Items 5 and 9 were not discussed due to the absence of speakers.

Due to lack of time, the debate with the involvement of the Delegates is not held. Therefore the
Chairman closes the session and thanks the speakers for their testimonials, suggestions and
useful guidelines to draw youths closer to our Association.

                                  THE FUTURE OF LIONISM

   DATE: October 1st 2004 TIME:3,30 – 4,30 p.m.          ROOM:AUDITORIUM
   LANGUAGE:       Simultaneous translation
   CHAIRPERSON: PID Giovanni Rigone – MD 108
   SECRETARY: Lions Filippo Lucibelli


1. Introduction and presentation
2. The future of EF: PCC A. Hansel- MD 111
3. Lionism of proposal: PID Paolo Bernardi - MD 108
4. Communication as instrument of presence in the society: PDG Bruno BNA’ – MD 108
5. New form of collaborations: PCC Marcello Zebellin – MD 108
6. Leos’ point of view : Tolga Ozbabacan – MD 118
7. MERL – Practicing on District and MD level: Per K. Christensen – MD106
8. Engagement of the Clubs and Districts : PDG Dario Pinti – MD 108
9. Seminary report: Lions on Internet
10. Discussion (3 min. for each intervention)
11. Conclusions


 1. The President, PID Giovanni Rigone, specifies that the discussion will concern the
 universality of Lionistic ideals and the different way of achieving them, making it possible to
 provide an overall picture made up of many different pieces: the role of associative growth of the
 Europa Forum, the use of the communication, civil commitment proposals, twinnings between
 Districts and Multiple Districts, the strategic role of MERL, the action of Leos, the commitment of
 Clubs and Districts and the use of Internet. Food for thought on problems such the actual
 representation of Clubs at the International Convention and the direct proportional relationship
 between the International Directors and Lions.
 2. PCC A. Hansel points out that even if we speak different languages, it is necessary to share a
 purpose as the best service, to consider possible developments with words and reflect on problems
 to strengthen Europe and pursue a single purpose with enthusiasm. He underlines the suggestions
 for the next Forum, focusing on the organisation, discussion and strengthening. It is necessary to
 lower costs to increase the number of participants by changing workings.
 3. PID Paolo Bernardi underlines the importance of the civil humanitarian commitment and
 hopes that Lions consider others as equals, with equal rights and duties, public and social
 motivations, highlighting work, dignity and honour in active solidarity based on altruism and

participation. A call for pragmatic and credible Lionism, rich in specific ideals, as a way of life,
underscoring the method with flexibility and the capability to interpret the needs of society. Lions
have to change together with society, offering suitable services with initiatives and proposals,
favouring solidarity in social change, from a political point of view, in agreement with institutions,
discussing with members of society, without neglecting quality that is evidenced by voluntary
service and involvement.
4. PDG Bruno Bnà begins by specifying an axiom: innovation and originality.
Lions have to deal with a networked society, in a current system marked by economic and
sensational globalization and where the death of future is witnessed and people live only for the
present. Therefore, the activities of Clubs will have to focus on smart communication, aiming at
the message, to ensure correct and effective communication, which in our specific case has to start
from culture in order to rebuild Europe. It is necessary to deal with the great themes of humanity
that have common roots (from the Greek oikos): economy, ecology, ecumenism. Using services as
a means of communication to communicate with young people intelligently to describe the events.
5. PDG Marcello Zebellin says that Lions must distinguish themselves from other associations
of service through actions, especially considering the opportunity of joining any other association,
as established in the Declaration of Intents in Denver. Our services should not be an end in
themselves; we need to consider the activities of Lions as a mission to reduce imbalances between
States, with intermediate stages to be reached together and jointly with other districts, favouring
twinnings, youth exchanges and institutional meetings at conventions, increasing commitment and
speeding up progress as mission accomplished.
6. Leo Tolga Ozbabacan, representing Turkey, calls for the consolidation of friendship with
Lions. Currently, based on local experiences he believes there are two ways: to grow old together
with Lions and make progress, or focus attention on young people as they represent the future of
Lionism in terms of continuity. We must offer help to Leos in the Youth Exchange organisations
with vocational sessions for youths aged between 18 and 25, provide vocational training and invite
Leos to the International Convention.
7. PDG Per K.Christensen says that 60% of the reasons for Membership loss and abandonment
were due to the lack of incisiveness of the leadership, influence and ambition. It is necessary to pay
more attention to information before becoming members by gaining knowledge about the history
of Lions and through training, public relations, information technology, using Leadership as a
8. PDG Dario Pinti stresses the importance of civic and humanitarian commitment, stigmatizes
the importance of the ability to listen, in order to communicate without encroaching on the
territory of others, with the competent institutions, providing alternatives to party politics. Current
times require more objectivity, credibility and altruism in the close collaboration between Multiple
Districts, Districts and Clubs.
To do something very useful for society today means to become a reliable and impartial voice,
because not conditioned by the need to reach compromises, suggesting possible solutions,
mediating to obtain acceptance of the petitions of those members of society that are unable to
make themselves heard, without encroaching upon anyone’s territory.
10/11.        President PID Giovanni Rigone expresses his satisfaction for the usefulness of the
themes discussed that have underscored the need to review structures to take up the challenges of
the present and future, in order to achieve the best results. Therefore he submits the following
motion approved by everyone:

                                        Final Motion

The attendees of the Seminar on THE FUTURE OF LIONISM gathered in Rome during the
Europa Forum

That Lions have to face the evolution of social dynamics globally

The need to carry out a service role in the field of humanitarian and civic commitment

The need to ensure continued services in an increasingly globalised context, no longer broken
down into a list of local needs

That the commitment of Lions may grow adequately to become a fundamental component of
effective solidarity at the service of mankind

to make sure that the growth of the Association be marked by the strategic role of Forum
areas and increased participation as a result of more democratic representation at
International Conventions and board composition proportional to the presence of Lions in
each constitutional area.

                                INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

   DATE: October 2nd 2004 TIME: 10.00 – 11.30 a.m.       ROOM: AUDITORIUM
   LANGUAGE: Simultaneous translation
   CHAIRPERSON: PIP Giuseppe Grimaldi – MD108
   SECRETARY: Lions Fernando Giuseppetti


1. Introduction and Presentation
2. Report on NGO ( UN, UNICEF, UNESCO , FAO, European Council )
3. Report of Committee of the Mediterranean Conference
4. Report of Committee Euro – African
5. Lionism in Eastern Europe: PIP J. Behar – MD103
6. Services report Italia – Africa: PDG R. Fresia – MD 108
7. Charter of European Humanitarian Citizenship: PDG E. Bocchini – MD 108
8. The ethnical minority: PCC F. Steinhaus – MD 108
9. Multicultural Society and Community Law: CC L. Ferrari – MD 108
10. International Cooperation: PDG F. Tavoni – MD 108
11. Implement of peace culture:PCC O. Sebuk – MD 118
12. Discussion (3 minutes for each intervention)
13. Conclusions


 PIP Giuseppe GRIMALDI welcomes participants and informs them that this year the NGO reports
 will be held together with the International Relations meeting. He immediately gives the floor to
 the speakers.
 FAO – PID Massimo FABIO underlines the role of “observer” of Lions within this organisation,
 which allows Lions to have a general overview of problems, but hinders active participation in
 operational work. FAO is behind in its ten-year programme: a huge effort is required in order to
 reach envisaged goals in the next 4/5 years.
 WHO – PDG Giuseppe CATAFIO says that in this organisation too, Lions have the status of
 observer. Although invitations are received from many areas, participation is not possible because
 generally the issues are technical and reserved to scientific experts designated by governments. He
 will attend to the next meeting in Geneva. At present, the relationship between NGOs and WHO is
 not close.

ONU – Vienna – PID Ernst MUSIL has given a brief report on the activities undertaken to fight
the use and abuse of drugs. In this area Governments are fully committed and take different
initiatives. As “observers”, we can only make remarks and proposals. Not all nations are
interested. LIONS QUEST may be useful in this battle.
UNESCO – PCC Roland RIBEYROL reports that during an International Conference with NGOs,
UNESCO has dealt with “education for all” and the “universality of human rights”. Within the
framework of common interests, an attempt to establish a partnership was made, that however
received little attention from the international bureau.
UNICEF – PDG Georges PLACET reports that relations with the organisation are excellent. In
particular, co-operation for educational and medical kits is outstanding.
EUROPEAN COUNCIL – PID Giovanni RIGONE gives an overview of the status of NGOs
within the Council. NGOs are the fourth pillar of the organisation and with the important
contribution of the Lions experience, difficult problems, such as euthanasia, disability, dialogue
and North – South solidarity are being dealt with. The European Lions have put forward a proposal
for “Sustainable development and urban quality”.
to strengthen historical and cultural ties among between countries in this area that have become
looser in recent times. Three issues have been identified for the Mediterranean conference: sea
pollution, water-related problems and desertification. Other problems to be considered are: health
and literacy.
EURO-AFRICA COMMITTEE – PDG Jean Paul JUNCKER set out the results of the Committee,
where an interesting project, SODIS (Solar Disinfection), was presented. He underlines the need
for the projects to be lasting. A project in Eritrea in cooperation with Italian and Eritrean Clubs is
worthy of attention.
growth of Lions Clubs in these countries has led to quality-related problems. Corrective actions
have been undertaken involving extensive training at different levels.
ITALY – AFRICA SERVICES REPORT – PDG Roberto FRESIA lists the many activities of
Italian Lions Clubs in Africa.
presents the Charter, which is approved, with only one amendment to article 1: the word “society”
is replaced by the word “community”.
ETHNIC MINORITIES – PCC Federico STEINHAUS reports that the problem of ethnic
minorities should be regarded not only as movement of populations, but also as ethnical and
cultural heritage which should be valued and preserved.
the different national and European legislation on this matter, with a vacuum at the higher level.
INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION – PDG Francesco TAVONI, taking into account what was
said in previous reports, deems it important and necessary to co-ordinate activities in Africa.
STRENGTHENING THE CULTURE OF PEACE – Oya SEBUK, MD118, says that despite the
extraordinary technological and technical developments, we still live in a world of violence. If
violence is becoming a culture, then it can only be fought by a culture of peace.

At the end of the debate, the President, PIP Giuseppe Grimaldi, proposes the following resolution
that is approved unanimously:

The seminar on International Relations, held this morning, October 2nd 2004, has reviewed
the report of the representatives to the international organisations and the Council of
Europe, in addition to the reports of the Mediterranean Conference Committee, the Euro -
Africa Committee, the Extension to Eastern Countries, Services provided in Africa by
Italians Clubs, Ethnical Minorities, Multicultural Societies and related laws, and
International Co-operation, as well as the consolidation of the commitment in favour of a
culture of peace by all the Lions of Europe.
At this point, we submit to the Council one resolution regarding the Charter of European
Humanitarian Citizenship, according to the amended text presented by PDG Bocchini
(attached) approved unanimously.
On behalf of the Committee, we ask the Chairman to submit the text of the Charter to the
vote, which in case of approval has to be forwarded to the Council of Europe.
The complete summary will be distributed together with the other documents.

                        Charter of European Humanitarian

 The Lions of Europe gathered in Rome for the 50° Europe Forum, pursuing the ethical –
 constitutional duty to contribute to a better comprehension among the people of the European
 Continent, necessary to build up a true European Society.

 Confirming the Recommendation made by the Cyprus 49° Forum to the European Union

 Strongly believing that the approval of the EU Constitution is a step ahcad for a better
 understanding, in the respect of the different culture, history and tradition, among all the people
 of Europe.

 Aware of the NGO rule “ to create and foster a spirit of better understanding among all the
 people of the world” as well as that the International Association of Lions Clubs extended in
 Europe in 40 countries with a membership 272.000 Lions serving suffering mankind in 9722
 Lions Clubs, has the scope “ to create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of
 the world” regardless to race, gender, religion or political credo.

 Convinced that it is a Lions Commitment to set out the creation of a common culture for the
 migratory problems and for a very sincere comprehension amid all the culture, religion skill of
 life, existing in our planet.

 For all these reasons they agree to establish a :

                       Charter of European Humanitarian Citizenship

                                           Art. 1
Any citizen of Europe has humanitarian social duty toward the community in which lives and
                                              Art. 2
     The European Humanitarian Citizenship is expression of the principle of pluralism, social
subsidiary and humanitarian solidarity expressed for the tutelage of the fundamental human
right through the effective participation of all the European citizens to the society ‘s social and
solid organization, taking active interest in the civic cultural, social and moral welfare of the
European community.

                                             Art. 3
    Object of the European Humanitarian Citizenship shall be to promote a spirit of better
comprehension among all the people of the European Continent over coming any social,
economical and civic impediment, limiting the civic understanding.

                                                  Art. 4
     The achievement of such a fundamental commitment shal be developed through the
permanent consultation of all the Lions Clubs belonging to the 123 European Districts under
the rule and modality established by the European Council of Cooperation with the purpose to
establish a free and open discussion on all the problems of common interest. ECC
responsibility shal be to promote the value of cultural artistic and architectonic good,
eliminating the causes of incomprehension and helping the less fortunate to have a better
quality of life, indispensable for a society living in peace, liberty and solidarity.

     Charter’ s primary object shall be also to promote permanent education of youth through
interactive comparison between the various educational models encouraging the pride of being
part of and became instrumental in determining a future founded on the capability to say “no”
to any social, moral, pysical pollution and deviation

                                                 Art. 6
    A Permanent Observatory shall be created to promote and foster the Charter purpose at
any institutional International level within the European Continent.

                                       WOMEN IN LIONISM

DATE: October 2nd,2004     TIME: 2 – 3,30 p.m.    ROOM: AUDITORIUM
LANGUAGE: Simultaneous translation
CHAIRPERSON: PCC Flora Lombardo Altamura – MD 108
SECRETARY: Lions Filippo Lucibelli


1- Introduction and presentation
2- Brief history of Women in Lionism: PCC Flora Lombardo Altamura – MD 108
3- Contribution of the Lions Women in Europe and World: Lions Maria P.Saggese -MD 108
4- Role of Women in Lions: Lions Gudrun Thorsteinsson - MD 109
5- Women in Lionism, the action: PDG Martine Delahaye Roore - MD 112
6- Leo’s point of view: Valerio Vinelli - MD 108
7- Women in Lions: German position: DG Rainer Haerten - MD 111
8- Women in Lionism, Israelian position: Lions Rami Efrati - D 128
9- Women in Lionism: Semra Avdici - MD 118
10- Discussion ( 3 min for each intervention)
11- Conclusions


Introduction and presentation
PCC Flora LOMBARDO ALTAMURA, opened the meeting saying that the aim of the discussion of
the theme “Women in Lionism”, is to give room and attention to a very important aspect of our
associative life: the female support. The discussion of the matter will allow a recognition of the existing
situation and of the problems that influence the participation of women. This also represents a first step
of the program development started by the Headquarters on the matter as well as the creation of special
Multiple Districts Committees. The reports that will be drafted, will outline the situation in the various
European realities and will serve as a basis for future suggestions. After a 30-year commitment of
Women in the activities of the Association, first as Lioness and then as Lions, the female contribution is
rather limited, far from being on a fifty-fifty basis with with the male contribution. Our task will be to
try and understand the reasons that cause the differences among the percentages in the various
European Countries; as well as to understand, why, even if women participation is appreciated and their
commitment is recognized by everybody, they are not assigned the right roles. During the last few
years, despite a female associative growth, the fulfilment of the needs of the community is not
increased, because of the limited involvement of women in the management of the great Lionistic

Brief history of Women in Lionism
The real revolution of Women in Lionism took place with the 1987 Taipei declaration, that officially
allowed women to join Lionism, but in a world in which they do represent 52% of the population we
must do more in order to achieve better results in terms of percentages and to obtain their full
participation in rights and duties. It must be noticed that the expansion through geographical areas of
Women affiliation is not homogeneous and that therefore it is necessary to understand its causes. In
fact, in most States, women are strongly disadvantaged as far as working hours are concerned, often
incompatible with family needs that, moreover, lead also to a low participation in the political life. It
will be necessary to intervene to develop on a cultural basis the mentality of a proper positioning of
women both in the family and in social relations. The reasons for this are “within and without the
Association” and limit and hinder a full involvement of women. Such situation springs from the original
sexist notion, due to our Association Constitution in 1917.
Therefore it is necessary to plan yearly a greater involvement and expansion of all the institutional and
non-institutional tools, necessary to establish a balanced contribution by women.

The women' contribution in Europe and in the world
The Lions Maria Pia Saggese showed the opportunity to exploit the modern means of communication to
develop and consequently keep the female social base, proposing the creation of a web site for Lions
women in Europe. The aim is to involve the greatest number of women through a correct and
exhaustive information on the role of women and on the Association activities; to create interactive and
co-operating links with the most important Women Associations serving in the various Countries such
as: Foundations, Professional, Artistic and Entrepreneurial Associations; to gain new members through
the clear and detailed knowledge of our ethics and purposes. At the same time to get the most
participation of all the Lions women in order to communicate and to discuss ideas and projects, to better
know one another, to give all the Lions women the opportunity to express their thought and to motivate
discussion and support.

The Woman' role in Lionism
The Lions Gudrun Thorsteinsson explained the different percentages of access by women in the
Association between Northern Europe (decreasing), and the developing Countries in Eastern Europe.
The difference of creativity, the acceptance of risks and a different way of facing the local traditions are
then highlighted. A survey carried out in Iceland showed that there is a different evaluation of priorities
among Clubs represented only by men and those represented only by women. As a matter of fact
attitudes towards change and innovation in the recruitment of new members are different.

Women' action in Lionism
PDG Martine De La Haye illustrated the increase of operational employment of women in Belgium,
where till today, three women had been elected Governors in line with the historical evolution.
To increase the members, it is necessary to leverage on the existing Clubs, create mixed Clubs, accept
the Leos Clubs as an innovative force in the District, and to aim cleverly at the wives of the members.

The point of view of Leos
The MD Leo Vice Chairperson Valerio Vinelli underlined the role of the Leos, thanking for the
invitation to the 50° Europa Forum, specifying that the problem of the joint participation of men and
women Leo doesn' exist as percentages reflect society. In the Leo world there is a different social-
cultural education, more modern with no archaic conception of life. It can be noticed how Leo women
are more open-minded in comparison to men more interested in the political world; on the opposite,
women are more inclined to the service and more interested to give something also with their husband
as a member.

The position of Germany on women in Lionism
DG Rainer Haerten showed the situation in Germany pointing out the motivations that increased the
percentage of new members in the last six years. The secret lies in promoting mixed Clubs,, in having a
member being accepted by unanimous decision, in the importance attached to spouses and in the
complete integration of women in the acceptance of responsibility.

The position of the women of Israel in Lionism
The Lions Ora Keren of the District of Israel underlined the environmental complexity of her nation
because of the different existing ethnic groups (Arabs, Jews, Christians, etc.). There are four Clubs of
women and twenty-six mixed Clubs. She pointed out the need to spread locally the improvement of the
woman who is not fully self-confident in the Easter world even though she has the qualities and the
characteristics suitable for the management of the Lionistic values and ideals.

Women in Lionism
Lions ZC Semra Avdici, representative of Turkey, with her speech wished that the woman be
compared to a hurricane that after its passage decides the fate of humanity, in positive sense, (referring
to the “ butterfly effect ” of the quantum physics). The slogan of the service has attracted the women in
two categories: Lioness and Lions. Both enrich with their uniqueness a fair and humanitarian attitude
that develops sincerity, justice, stability. The woman has to affirm herself as conclusive element for a
joint collaboration with the men to manage the rights and the relationships in a sensitive actual non-
joint system.
As a conclusion, women are the heartbeats of Lions in the name of democracy and the world peace, but
the blood pumped by these heart beats should go through the brain and men and women should work
together hand in hand in Lions as they always do in their own community.

PCC Flora Lombardo Altamura closed the session underlining that the discussion has contributed to
complete the program of the International President that wants to maintain the attention on the problem
of the women participation with a clear advantage for the whole Association.

                                          YEC MEETING

DATE: September 30th 2004       TIME: 9,00 a.m.– 4,30 p.m. – HOLIDAY INN PARCO DEI MEDICI
LANGUAGE:               English
CHAIRPERSON:            PDG Cesare Diazzi – MD 108
VICE PRESIDENT:         PDG Alexander Rist –MD 111
VICE PRESIDENT:         PDG Gregoriou Tassos – MD 117
SECRETARY:              Lions Simone Roba
PARTICIPANTS:           YEC – Lions- Leo


PART 1 9 – 10 a.m.
A.. Introduction – Welcome Greetings

B. Presentation by each delegation:
                            - report about activities
   - YE, Camps 2004 and 2005 and required. Vienna agreement wich agreement
   - report MD YEC Wendy Miller, Europe Coordinator in charge for New Zeland
C. New Youth Exchange Chairman in Europe (discussion special meeting)
D. Setting up of three homogeneous working groups for discussing the following points:
   1.       Quality norms – Youth Exchange- MD 101, 104, 106,107
   2.       European or International application forms – Gerrit Bakker MD 110
   3.       Camp Fee – Leo Olesan MD 106 – Franz Foster MD 114
   4.       Position MD 103 and MD 102 – Proposal for Ayca Seral MD 117
   5.       Host family and Host Camps – Gerrit Bakker MD 110
   6.       Travel information rules – Gerrit Bakker – MD 110
   7.       E mail address – Gerrit Bakker - MD 110
   8.       Hosting periods – Cesare Diazzi - MD 108
   9.       European International Youth Camps program 2005 – MD 108
   10.      Time schedule proposals – Gerrit Bakker - MD 110

   11.     Selection of the hosting family in the USA – Franz Foster – MD 114
   12.     The concept of family hosting – Ayca Seral MD 118
   13.     Whi is it getting difficult to find willing host families? – Ayca Seral – MD 118
   14.     The concept of a Youth Camp – Ayca Seral MD 118

PART 2 - 10,00 a.m. - 12,30 p.m.
A Discussion and brainstorming of the three working groups

B Report of three groups leaders – approval of the common programs

   Luch in the Hotel Holiday Inn “Parco dei Principi” (12,30 p.m. – 1,45 p.m.)

PART 3 2 p.m. – 4,30 p.m.

  Camp contacts – camp reservation - contact
  (All European YEC can arrange the exchange agreements for 2005 with each other).


Group I – ROD WEALE (Spain)
Hans Folkesson - Sweden, Gabriel Soussan - France, Solum Arne - Norway, Leo Bang Olesen - Denmark, Peter
Moellnitz - Denmark, Seppo Leveelahti - Finland, Cesare Diazzi - Italy, Paolo Tacchi - Italy, Diego Berselli - Italy,
Gerrit Bakker – The Nethelands, Tony Bloemen - Belgium, Bart Rossel - Belgium, Jack Brebels - Belgium,
Guenter Beck - Austria, Androula Panayiotou - Cyprus, Nobuo Otari - Japan, Akos Uto - Hungary, Jurai Schwarz -
Slovakia, Rachel Talmi – Israel.
2 – European or International Application Forms
5 – Host Families and Host Camps
6 – Travel information rules
7 – E-mail address
8 – Hosting periods

The decisions we made in Wien are being implemented.
Application Forms: they have to be available in Acrobat – Word – Excel. Any local and
specific requirements must be on a separate page. Available from Belgium.
Travel information has to be as accurate as possible. Host Families should be included in the
acceptance. Contact numbers for students.
If, at the end of the hosting period, the student doesn’t go back, we need a letter from his/her
family to agree with this decision.
E-mail: preferably no e-mail from Hotmail or Yahoo. We should have 3 emails: camper – Lions
Club sponsor – parents. Basic emails without heavy attachments, tif files.
Problems with USA that require 6 weeks of home stay: Europeans recommends 3 or maximum
4 weeks of home stay. Europe to Europe: 1 week. Overseas: 2 weeks.
Youth Exchange Liaison Committee: Rod Weale, Arthur Krupp, Ayca Seral, Margot Grissbach.
Easy job in Italy: good facilities in Rome. We recommend an official backing, with some
authorities and support to Stuttgart. Guidelines have been developed: 5 members are needed
therefore the Committee should add an additional one. A formal mandate has been given for the
EF meetings, and also Oak Brook and some guidelines regarding make up of groups.

Group II – AYCA SERAL (Turkey)
Jan Lofjard - Sweden, Johansen Rune - Norway, Erik Holsko - Denmark, Bjarne Bloch - Denmark, Giovanna
Martinelli Fornasari - Italy, Mariella Cesareni Piccolini - Italy, Walter Zardo - Italy, Andrea Condorelli - Italy,
Frans Pannekoek – The Netherlands, Dirk Seru - Belgium, Willy Wouters - Belgium, Franz Forster - Austria, Celia
Habibi - Cyprus, Istvan Grafjodi - Hungary, Lydia Cuk – Croatia.
3 – Camp fee
4 – Position MD 103 France and MD 102 Switzerland
12 – The concept of family hosting

13 – Why is it getting difficult to find willing host families?
14 – The concept of a Youth Camp

Camp Fee with USA: transferring through banks costs extra money. We want another way:
camp fee can be paid by the YEC at the registration; USA camp fee problem should be dealt
with by the Liaison Committee.
Camp fees are generally not accepted in Europe: Croatia, Turkey and Italy (some of them) said
that they are needed because they organize travelling camps.
Lions Youth Exchange Camp is for fostering international understanding not only for
sightseeing, therefore camps should not travel but stay in one place: this will cut down costs.
An area for families for home stay and a different area for the camp.
Lions Clubs should take an active role in camp programmes: this will help to contain costs.
Last minute cancellation is a big problem: Hungary charges 200 to prevent cancellation. This
helps that country but the problem remains for the other countries.
Europa Forum in Stuttgart is too late a date; YECs need to meet earlier. Discussion will take
place at the round table.
Quality norms decided in Wien should be adhered to by everybody.

Group III - ALEXANDER RIST (Germany)
Larsen Flemming - Denmark, Jaakko Harjumaki - Finland, Mario Nicoloso - Italy, Simone Roba - Italy, Mauro
Francisco - Italy, Giuseppe Cerrone - Italy, Kristinn Hannesson - Iceland, Joris Bloemen - Belgium, Paul
Vanderhaeghen - Belgium, Arthur Krupp - Austria, Aysel Oztezel - Turkey, Raul Vinni - Estonia, Polonca Kukec
Tomas – Slovenia.
1 – Quality norms
9 – European International Youth Camps program 2005
10 – Time schedule proposals
11 – Selection of the hosting families in the USA

Quality norms: perform evaluations, which means interviews at the end of the stay. From MD
106 Denmark, we have the “perfect camp” according to the participants and we’ll send to you
by email.
Also perform evaluations asking the host families about the young people they hosted.
Good selection and preparation of the young people leaving for a camp: very good practice in
Turkey (they do language test and personal interviews); good experience in Belgium (they also
invite parents of the outgoing people).
We agree that young people not willing or refusing this preparation should not be sent.

European International Youth Camps: the original idea was to produce a little book. We agree
that making an Internet page is better and easier. Larsen Fleming (Denmark) and Simone Roba
(Italy) will prepare this page with a few lines for each Camp and a link to the national webpage.
Every YEC should provide Larssen and Simone with the Camp list and basic information about
the Camp (also about Director, Staff, facilities).
Oak Brook Youth Exchange support is not sufficient. The first step we want is that Oak Brook
will give a link in its webpage to the European page. We will ask to be assigned the
responsibility for this.

Time schedule proposals: please, have a look at the decisions made in Wien 2003 (item 11) in
force for everyone.
Selection of the hosting families in the USA: we had problems with families there (huge extra
costs, inadequate families, campers as baby sitters). So, first we’ll try to force Oak Brook to do
something and second we’ll start to make a negative list. Alexander Rist will collect the
information about U.S. families from European YEC. Please, send him all the negative
experiences you have about USA.

Warning: be careful with youth exchange with Nepal and Bangladesh because they can use this
system for illegal purposes.

                              MUSICAL CONTEST COMMITTEE

   DATE:    September 30th 2004        TIME: 3.00-5.00 pm       ROOM: E.U.R.
   LANGUAGE:                   English
   CHAIRPERSON:                PCC Sebastian Von Sauter – MD114
   SECRETARY:                  PDG Luciano Bruna – MD 108
   PROGRAMME COMMITTEE: Tassos Gregoriou – MD117
                              Jan Rogmans – MD111
                              Ian Jones – MD105
   PARTICIPANTS:              Official members of the Committee


   1.    Welcome and introduction
   2.    Presentation of participants to meeting
   3.    Musical interpretation prize 2004
   4.    Musical interpretation prize 2005
   5.    Musical interpretation prize 2006
   6.    Election of Chairperson Committee for Musical Contest
   7.    Rules and procedure: state and proposal – discussion
   8.    Miscellaneous


   The Chairperson welcomes the participants and introduces the members of his Committee.

   The results of the Musical Contest Committee meeting are the following:

1. “Lions European Musical Competition 2004”:

   The 2004 competition was announced for clarinet. The imposed piece, selected by the
   organisation of the 2004 Forum, was by Marion Castelnuovo Tedesco, sonata for clarinet and
   piano, opus 128, Scherzo and Lullaby.

   The following candidates participated:

        MD/D             Name                      Chosen piece

        101              Emil Jonason              Andy Pape, Searching
        102              Berger                    Ernest Chausson, Andante et Allegro, C minor

    103              Vincent Penot            Ernest Chausson, Andante et Allegro, C minor
                                              Claude Debussy, Première Rapsodie for Clarinet
    105              Alice Gledhill           and Piano
    106              Pia Orluff               Andy Pape, Searching
                     Miina                    Carl Maria von Weber, Concertino for Clarinet, E
    107              Rauhala                  flat major, Op. 26
    108              Falco                    Francis Poulenc, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
                     Christa                  Max Reger, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, A flat
    110              Giesbers                 major, Opus 49/1
                     Elisabeth                Jean Françaix, Tema con variazioni for Clarinet
    111              Seitenberger             and Orchestra
                                              Jean Françaix, Concerto for Clarinet and
                     Jean-Luc                 Orchestra,
    112              Votano                   1st mvmnt, Allegro
                                              Carl Maria von Weber, Concerto for Clarinet No.
                     Georgi                   1, f minor,
    113              Sekeyra                  1st mvmnt
                     Gaspare V.
    114              Buonomano                Joseph Horowitz, Sonatina, 1st and 3rd movement
    115              Lemos                    Janos Komives, Flammes
    118              Filiz Yilmaz             Francis Poulenc, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

                     Andrea                   Gioacchino Rossini, Introduzione, Tema e
    119              Vizkeleti                Variazioni
                                              Jean Françaix, Concerto for Clarinet and
                     Dawid                    Orchestra,
    121              Jarzynski                1st mvmnt, Allegro
                                              Jean Françaix, Tema con variazioni for Clarinet
    128              Moran Katz               and Orchestra

The following dates applied for this competition:
Thursday, 30/09/2004:
         11:00 – 21:00 hours: Rehearsal time for the participants (normally one hour for
         candidates with own pianist, two hours for candidates with local pianist from Rome).
         As one piano was missing, four candidates had to move to a local Music School for
         16:00 – 17:15 hours: Meeting of the Committee
     Friday, 01/10/2004:
         09:30 – 13:00 hours: SALA A of the Auditorium della Tecnica, every candidate
         performed the compulsory piece.
14:30 – 16:30 hours: SALA A, nine candidates performed their pieces of choice.
17:30 – 19:30 hours: SALA A, the remaining eight candidates performed their pieces of choice.
20:00 hours: the jury announced the results

   20:30 – 22:30 hours: “get-together” of the candidates, jurors and representatives of the countries
   in a local restaurant.
         Saturday, 15/11/2003:
         17:30 - 19:00 hours: At the Closing Session of the EF 2004 the prizes were handed over.
         The 1st winner played a piece chosen by him for this occasion: “Variations sur un air du
         pays d’Oc” by Louis Cahueza.

   Members of the jury were:
   Chairperson: Maria Ada Gentile, Rome
         Vice-Director of the Conservatory Santa Cecila, Rome
         Prof. Maria Gabriella Artizzu, Cagliari
         Director of the Cagliari Conservatory
         Mr. Klaus Hampl, Clarinettist, Kaufbeuren, Germany
         Mr. Andrea Sanmartino, Pianist, Rome
      Mr. Alessandro Travaglini, Clarinettist, Milan

   The jury was assisted by L Jean Somers, MD 112 Belgium,

   The winners were announced by Maria Ada Gentile after the end of the competition. They were:

   1st prize: Jean-Luc Votano, MD 112 Belgium
        2nd prize: Moran Katz, D 128 Israel

      “Special prize of the Jury” (without money):
          Elisabeth Seitenberger, MD 111 Germany
      “Special mentioning”: Emil Jonason, MD 101 Sweden

2. The Lions European Musical Competition Committee:

   Members of the Committee in 2004:
      Chairman PCC Sebastian v Sauter, MD 111
      DG Tasos Gregoriou, MD 117 (Forum 2003 Limassol)
      PDG Luciano Bruna, MD 108 (Forum 2004 Rome)
      PDG Jan Rogmans, MD 111 (Forum 2005 Stuttgart)
      PDG Ian Jones, MD 105 (Forum 2006 Bornemouth)

   Other participants of the Committee meeting:
       MD 101 PDG Kenneth Persson
       MD 102 L Thomas Luchsinger
                 Mrs. Luchsinger
       MD 103 L Jacques de Nadon
       MD 105 Mrs. Jones
       MD 106 Mr. Vagn Jorgensen
       MD 107 PCC Markus Flaaming
       MD 110 VDG Kees van Katwijk
       MD 112 L Jean Somers

         MD 114 L Dr. Brigitte Forster-Ascher
         D 128 PDG Touvia (Teddy) Goldstein
                DG Shimshon Marron

3. “Lions European Musical Competition 2005”

       Responsible / Contact:              PDG Jan Rogmans, MD 111
       Location:                           Stuttgart / Germany
       Instrument:                          Trumpet
       Compulsory piece:                   Concerto for Trumpet 1st movement,
                                           by Johann Nepomuk Hummel

    PDG Jan Rogmans gave the following details:

•        Dates & Location: the competition will take place on 04 November 2005 in the “Mozart
    Saal” of the Concert Centre “Liederhalle” in Stuttgart. It is the Centre where all the important
    concerts are performed.

    The competition will be organised as in the past years: the imposed pieces in the morning, the
    pieces of free choice in the afternoon as a concert open to general public.

•         The “Mozart Saal” offers about 400 seats, half of them will be reserved for the participants
    of the Lions Forum, the other half will be sold by a professional ticket seller to the Stuttgart

•        Instrument & Imposed piece: Stuttgart has chosen the TRUMPET; the candidates will
    have to perform the 1st movement of the Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra by Johann
    Nepomuk Hummel. Local pianists will be available to accompany the candidates with this piece
    and also with the pieces of their choice.

    Special point 1: we strongly suggest that your candidate should bring his or her own pianist. We
    have seen in the past that this increases the chance of your candidate considerably!

    Special point 2: the concerto is available in two versions, in E major and in E flat major. The
    candidates can play either version.

•        Hotel facilities: we have made reservations in a three-star hotel not too far from the
    Liederhalle. The price per night is EUR 76,00 for a single room and EUR 95,00 for a double

    We will get in contact with you to find out if you are sending a candidate and what kind of
    reservation he / she needs.

•         Get-together after the event: as in this year’s Forum, we will invite the candidates, the
    jurors and the representatives of the countries to a get-together after the competition. We have

    reserved a very nice Italian restaurant and we do hope that you will enjoy it.

•        Stuttgart will make a special effort to invite candidates from the countries of Central and
    Eastern Europe. This might lead to a great number of participants. Already this year we have 17
    candidates. We will discuss later in the meeting how we can cope with this situation.

    4. “Lions European Musical Competition 2006”

            Responsible / Contact: PDG Ian Jones, MD 105
            Date / Location:       22 October 2006 / Bournemouth / England
            Instrument:                  Flute
            Compulsory piece:            Wolfgang A. Mozart, Concerto for Flute
                                         and Orchestra, KV 303, 1st movement

         PDG Jones underlines that the competition will be held in a former church
         transformed into concert hall and very suitable for our event (including a great
         number of exercise rooms etc.).

    5. Re-election of the Chairman:

          Chairman v. Sauter explains that the Rules of Procedure for the competition
          contain the following paragraphs concerning the “Lions European Musical
          Competition Committee”:
•     A Committee will be appointed to be responsible for the overall running of the competition. It
    will also be responsible for the endorsement of proposals put forward by the host country
    including expansion of and/or alteration to these guidelines.
•     The Committee shall appoint a Chairman (not being one of their own members) of their choice
    for three years. Re-election is possible.”

    Chairman v. Sauter further stresses that he has been appointed Chairman of this Committee at the
    EF 2001 Porto. The Committee in its present composition is therefore called to appoint a
    Chairman for the next three years. As stated in the RoP, it could be an election or a re-election.
    Chairman v. Sauter also declares his interest to continue for another three years.

    At this point, PDG Ian Jones, MD 106, member of the Committee, proposes to re-elect PCC v.
    Sauter as Chairman. The following election confirms v. Sauter unanimously in his position. He
    thanks the Committee members for this vote of confidence and promises to work as hard as ever
    during the next three years in order to make each musical competition a successful one.

6. “Rules of Procedure” of the Lions European Musical Competition:

    A number of amendments to the RoP were discussed during the last meeting of the Committee in
    Limassol 2003. These amendments were adopted by the National Convention of MD 111
    Germany (as required by the RoP of the Europa Forum) and sent to the President of the EF 2004
    Rome. They were proposed to the European Council II session and adopted during this session.

    They will apply for the next competition in Stuttgart 2004.

    Amendments adopted by the EF 2004 Rome:

• The NAME of the competition: “EUROPEAN LIONS MUSICAL COMPETION”. The
   committee is renamed accordingly.

• The age of the candidates: “Participants must be not more than 25 years on January 1st …….
   “. There is no lower limit.

• The number of prizes: three prizes of EUR 3.500, 1.000 and 500 (instead of two; this point was
   again discussed during the Committee meeting, some participants were unhappy with the third
   price and suggested 3.000, 1.500 and 1.000; or 3.000, 2.000 and 1.000, if there is enough money
   in the budget; the majority of the participants agreed to continue with the amendment as

• The Jury: “Two of the judges are recommended to come from countries outside the host

• “HOST COUNTRY’S RESPONSIBILITY”, 4th dot: Announcing the imposed piece to the
   CHAIRMAN of the Musical Committee, not to the Forum President.

    7. AOB:

• The “size” of the competition: until this year, the number of candidates varied from 4 to 17. We
   have had some difficulties this year (2004) to plan the competition in a way that it fits into one
   day. In Stuttgart (2005), with possibly even more candidates, we will have an even bigger

    The meeting therefore discussed possible options how to plan the event:

o        Option 1: The event is organised in 1 day
       All candidates perform the compulsory piece
       The Jury selects the 12 “best” candidates
       The selected 12 candidates perform their pieces of free choice in a “concert”
       The Jury selects the winners from those 12 candidates

    Advantage: the competition could be organised in 1 day; the audience in the concert will be
    listening to a selection of 12 “best” candidates.
    Disadvantage: many candidates from all over Europe will come to play only the imposed piece.

o         Option 2: The event is organised in 2 days
       on the 1st day, all candidates will perform the imposed piece
       on the 2nd day, all candidates will perform their pieces of choice
       the Jury selects the winners from all candidates

    Advantage: all candidates have the opportunity to play both pieces

    Disadvantage: in the “concert” the audience will have to listen to all candidates (20 candidates =
    5 hours); the event is spread over two days.

o         Option 3: D 128 Israel presented the way how the competition is organised in Israel: all
    candidates perform pieces 1 and 2, from all candidates 3 or 4 are selected for a public concert,
    they perform (again) their pieces of choice, the Jury selects the winners as a result of this
    concert. Based on this statement, and in agreement with the participants of the meeting, we will
    be evaluating the following solution for Stuttgart:

    Thursday, 03/11/2005: 09:00 – 16:00 rehearsal time
    Thursday, 03/11/2005: 16:00 – 20:00 (up to 21) candidates perform the imposed piece
    Friday, 04/11/2005: 09:00 – 13:30 (up to 21) candidates will perform their pieces of choice; after
    this part, the Jury selects six (6) candidates for the concert
    Friday, 04/11/2005: 16:00 – 17:30 Public concert of the 6 “best” candidates who will perform
    their pieces of choice (again); the Jury selects the winners after this performance.
    Saturday, 05/11/2005: The three winners will be presented at the Closing Ceremony of the

• “What do we do with the winner after the competition?” As we already discussed in Limassol,
   there is no procedure in place until now to follow-up on the winner of a competition. I have
   talked to the winner of this Year’s competition, Jean-Luc Votano, he is prepared to come to
   Stuttgart and to perform in the public concert while the Jury is making up its mind. I will check
   the feasibility in view of the budget in Stuttgart.


     DATE: October1st, 2004 TIME:8.30 – 10.00 a.m.            ROOM: AUDITORIUM
     LANGUAGE: Italian - English
     CHAIRPERSON:           PDG Francesco Tavoni – MD 108
                            PIP Tae Sup – Lee –LCIF President
     SECRETARY:             Lions Filippo Lucibelli
     PARTICIPANTS:          All Lions


 1. Introduction and presentation
 2. Intervention PIP Tae Sup-Lee – President L.C.I.F.
 3. Peter Lynch – Motives of Founds Collection
      Intervention of L.C.I.F.
 4. Discussion
 5. Conclusions


1) The Chairperson PDG Francesco Tavoni opened the seminar, giving a warm welcome to the
   delegates and introducing the PIP Tae Sup-Lee.
2) The President of the Foundation explained a brief history on the origins of the L.C.I.F. (since
   1968) which is a humanitarian organization recognized as a charity group classified with Legal
   status and also non-profit with exemption of tax charges for all its members. The President also
   illustrated the essential topics of the seminar:
- A briefing on the Foundation emphasising the five main missions: humanitarian service, Sight and
   prevention of blindness, assistance to the blind and disabled, the development of young people,
   reconstruction help following huge disasters.
- Aims which have been reached.
- Means of requested grants.
- New programs and projects.
- Donations and rules regarding programs.
             A particular importance has been recognized in the carrying out of Sight-First with
   targeted projects in many countries which spread from Europe to Africa (Romania, Poland,
   Czech Rep. etc.) and also river blindness (Onchocercosis) in the African states and the medical
   treatment of Sarcoma. He then illustrated the projects of child blindness carried out in co-
   operation with W.H.O. which will set up 30 specialized centres by 2006.
   Among the future challenges, the priority work will be focused on the original sectors with the
   intention of doubling the people involved in the Sight-First campaign. As to the second initiative

   of fund raising, the President aims at having a US 150 million activity approved in October in
   Chicago with a three-year program in order to reach this goal.
   In 2005, during the international Convention in Hong Kong, a campaign will be launched to
   publish the names of the people who will provide a financial contribution. The President has
   personally launched the initiative by donating 100,000 US Dollars.
   3) The person in charge of the L.C.I.F. Division , Peter Lynch, continued the initial illustration
   using slides referring to statistics highlighting gradual and progressive successes. Particular
   importance was attached to CORE 4, sight protection (project low-vision- Photoscreening of
   children’s sight), help to the disabled (throughout humanitarian associations ) and promotion of
   well being (prevention and treatment of Diabetes).
   It was also pointed out that it is necessary to seek partial economic contributions from external
   sources which can cooperate with Clubs and provide at least a third of the amount needed for the
   service. The projects presented by the Clubs must be approved by the District to obtain funds
   from the L.C.I.F. The programs must be goal-oriented and have “a Lions identity” and detailed
   descriptions of income sources and expenditure.
   Another project was described to support Clubs belonging to different countries so to carry out
   joint projects with limited economic resources and Clubs developing countries.
   Another interesting topic for the Foundation is the interest towards people (250,000,000) with
   hearing disorders. The aim is to find a remedy to the high costs of modern equipment produced
   by specialized companies through an agreement providing for the possibility of buying at 90
   USD a product sold at USD 2000. In conclusion, the speaker points out the reason why L.C.I.F.
   needs to be promoted and explains that it is the only Foundation carrying out projects and knows
   how to invest in an effective and efficient way the funds raised by Clubs and districts. He
   emphasises the point that L.C.I.F. only receives 2% of the funds collected in the year from all the
   Lions for the service.
4) The President of the Euro-African Committee illustrated the project of USD 450,000 for youth
   employment in Malawi, Sri Lanka and Brazil.
   The President of the L.C.I.F. in Turkey underlined the importance of disorders in Retinopathy
   Diabetes which will surely double and become future cataracts and so interventions will be
   The delegate of the District 108A. Francesco Maria Bertazzoni urges the participants to expand
   the indispensable work of the world-wide activity of L.C.I.F. which remains the only direct
   operational instrument to intervene in case of disasters and catastrophes of any kind.
   At the end of the session, the international President Tae Sup-Lee gave the Governor of Russia
   an envelope containing a donation to help in the tragedy which took place in the Beslan school.

                                           LIONS MEET LEO

      DATE: October 1st, 2004       TIME:8.30a.m. – 10.00 a.m.           ROOM:EUROPA
      LANGUAGE:               English
      CHAIRPERSON:           PDG Roberto Fresia- MD 108
      SECRETARY:              Lions Simone Roba
      PARTICIPANTS:          Lions and Leo


1.        Introduction and presentation
2.        Leos’ point of view – Jodi Zanchi – President Leo MD 105
3.        What are the best conditions to found a new Leo Clubs?
          - How to win Leo for Lions Club? – IPDG Barbara Grewe Feldmann – MD 111
4.        The point of view of a Leo girl – Jaara Zax – D 128
5.        Relations Leo - Lions – Marco Giangrande – President D 108L Leo
6.        Discussion
7.        Conclusions


     1.   The Chairperson introduces all the people involved in the Seminar, inviting Leo Andrea Drua
          (MD 108) and Barbara Grewe Feldmann (MD 111) for continuity, since she was the
          Chairperson at the Europa Forum in Limassol.
     2.   It is decided to start from all the resolutions adopted during the last Limassol Forum and
          Barbara Grewe will read them. A discussion involving all Leo and Lions is opened. All the
          items points decided upon last year in Limassol are discussed and developed by adding new
          elements. At the end of the discussion, all participants in the Seminar propose the following
     1)   they propose again what already agreed on in Limassol hoping that repetition will draw some
     a)   All the Leo at the Forum and Meeting must be introduced during the Opening Ceremony.
     b)   The Leo flag must be shown at the Europa Forum.
     c)   Leo are not to be considered just a Program but they have to become main Lions’ partners.
     d)   A higher number of Lions should be present at Leo meetings in order to have a better contact
          with them.
     e)   Try to dedicate 2 hours at least in each Forum to Leo.
     f)   Leo of the Forum-organizing country should participate in a big group, in order to make the
          Forum more interesting for all incoming Leo.
     g)   The Subject being discussed in the Leo-Lions Seminar should start from the conclusions
          drawn at the previous Seminar so to guarantee continuity work.

2)   New themes and ideas have emerged to increase the number of Leo and to give Leo the
     opportunity of becoming Lions
a)   The Leo’s ILOs (International Liaison Officers) should plan a meeting during the Europa
     Forum to make it easier to know all of the Leo activities.
b)   The Europa Forum Organizing Commitee should create a free area in the Agora showing all
     European Leo activities.
c)   During his speech, the ID Datwyler has announced that the Board is discussing raising Leo
     age but all the participants have decided that nothing must be changed.
d)   Projects of the MD 108 Italy have been presented. The first one is called “Rainbow Award”
     to draw the attention of the accession of Leo younger than 18. The second one concerns a
     collaboration between YEC and Leo Districts helping the accession of Youth Exchange
     Students in Leo Clubs.
e)   The survey carried out by District 108 Ia3 is announced, which will probably be presented at
     the next Forum, which analyzes why former Leo becoming Lions are 6.5% in this District
     against a 2.0% average. This survey could be helpful for other Districts.
3)   Participants are firmly convinced that working closely together and constantly ones’ own Leo
     Clubs and vice versa, could reduce the problems emerging during a Forum.

                                 MEDITERRANEAN CONFERENCE

     DATE: October 1st, 2004       TIME: 8.30 a.m. – 10.00 a.m.            ROOM:ROMA
     LANGUAGE:               French, Italian, English
     CHAIRPERSON:           PID Jean Oustrin
     SECRETARY:              Lions Mario Manganaro
     PARTICIPANTS:          All Lions


1.Introduction and presentation.
2.Story and perspectives of Mediterranean Conference – PDG Rosario Cacciola – MD 108
3.Mediterranean Solidarity Observatory (M.S.O.)– PDG Giampaolo Vergombello – MD 108
4.New Constitution of M.S.O. – PID Massimo Fabio – MD 108
5.Presentation of Conference of March 2005 in Algeria


   PID Jean Oustrin opens the workshop welcoming all the participants and he immediately calls
   PDG Rosario Cacciola to present his report that deals with the prospects offered by the
   Mediterranean Conference.
   The importance of “The Mediterranean Sea, a sea to be preserved”, but also “The Mediterranean
   Sea, melting pot of populations and civilizations ” (1996) and its value “to build a bridge of
   peace” (1997) have been constantly highlighted in each of Lions Conferences following the first
   one held in 1986 in Giardini Naxos, eighteen years ago.
   Starting from this basis for the future, Cacciola proposes an environmentally-friendly approach
   which can deal with the problem of desertification involving Northen African Countries, fight
   illiteracy and aim at preserving the cultural heritage of the countries overlooking this sea. This
   program is perfectly in line with Lions International.
   PID Massimo Fabio takes the floor explaining the new Regulations, written in three languages,
   and points out that the Mediterranean Observatory is an extraordinary occasion to change
   lionistic policy, also aiming at increasing participation.
   Fabio thinks that Lions have to show their capability to overcome the difficulties and concludes
   by asking to prepare a new Board (of the Observatory) for next year’s meeting in Algiers.
   The Chairperson Oustrin underlines that in each Forum a Mediterranean Observatory must be
   present and that Maghreb countries must attend these meetings and finally that the formal
   decisions have to be taken during Mediterranean Conferences. Then the Chairperson proposes a
   debate on the decisions to be made in Algiers, next March 16 – 18, 2005. Oustrin adds that,
   despite what is frequently reported, Algiers is not dangerous.

    Alberto Manuelli (MD 108) President of the non–profit organization “Water for life” reports
    that his organization has already received grants for water prospecting in Ethiopia, a country
    lacking water very badly. Manuelli suggests, moreover, that the battle for water should be one of
    the problems to be tackled during the Conference.
    Then there is a discussion on the possible venue of the Conference on the occasion of its 20th
    Taormina is unanimously proposed for 2006, provided that the Council of Governors of MD 108
    informs in due time all countries participating in the future of its approval for this event.
    As following venues Marseille for 2007 and Beirut 2008 are proposed.
    Futhermore Chaiperson Oustrin points out the topics to be discussed:
-     humanitarian: relating to health and education with the serious problem of teaching literacy
-     economic: future of the European Union after the changeover to Euro and its influence;
-     environment: water problems and the impending desertification.
    Oustrin underlines also that it would be appropriate to involve in these conferences also people
    who, though not members of Lions, do have public responsibilities so to make them correctly
    evaluate Lions’ activities.
    PCC Metin Taskent (MD 118) takes the floor on the importance of Mediterranean pollution
    about which DG Jean Marie Haguenoer (MD 103) suggests to invite Philippe Valette, president
    of Réseau Océan Mondial (Unesco) who deals with sea resources and its pollution.
    Naldo Anselmi (MD 108) affirms that in Algiers it would be necessary to tackle the problems of
    climatic change and its influence on the forests, remembering how Israelis have achieved
    remarkable results in this field.
    Then the discussion moves on to the possible solutions for problems of entry visas of people
    from countries which are “politically distant from each other”. As a matter of fact, there are
    cross-vetoes between Arabian Countries and Israel, which makes it difficult to attend this
    On this item PID Jacques Garello (MD 103), Chairman Rami Efrati (MD 128), PID Nesim Levi,
    Chairman Touvia Goldstein (MD 128) take the floor and unanimously propose to overcome
    these difficulties by preparing in advance the lists of participants to the conferences and to exert
    the necessary pressure to make them acceptable by their own Governments.
    Nesim Levi reports that this procedure has been applied between Greece and Turkey and
    PCC Federico Steinhaus (MD 108) closed this discussion strongly recalling the idea, apart every
    kind of politics, Lions must strongly speak on the basis of their own beliefs.
    PID Oustrin closed the workshop with a positive evaluation of the meeting and with an invitation
    to act.

                                       LIONS ON INTERNET

 DATE: October 2 th, 2004       TIME: 8.30 – 10.00 a.m.             ROOM: EUROPA
 LANGUAGE:                English
 CHAIRPERSON:             CC Daniel Blasi – MD 102
 SECRETARY:               Lions Massimo B. Giannaccari
 PARTICIPANTS:           All Lions


   1.   Introduction
   2.   Electronic communications among Europe Countries: Latife Bastug – MD 118
   3.   Internet connection in MD 108: DG Roberto Scerbo
   4.   Database: LionsBase. org: Kurt Sager – MD 102
   5.   Database: www.lions.de: Frank Gerlinger – MD 111
   6.   Profit and usefulness of the Lions Database administration: RC Robert Rettby – MD 102
   7.   MD IT Committee and project of the future: Kurt Sager – MD 102
   8.   New members of the Web Site of LCI: Mike Carrol Head IT at LCI Oak Brook
   9.   Conclusions


Chairperson Daniel Blasi (MD 102) opened the session and outlined its aim which is to discuss
solutions, based on internet technology, to increase Clubs visibility, to improve communication
among members at all levels and to simplify the management of members and clubs.

2 - Latife Bastug (MD118) explained peculiarities and functions of Turkish MD web site. The
site, also available to no-Lions, offers general and advertising information. The area containing
lionistic data is accessible only by a password. There is also a Leo area. 47% of hits are by
women. The Turkish MD wants to organize an European Forum on the theme to exchange
information and experiences with the other European Countries.

3 – Oscar Louvier (MD108), replacing Roberto Scerbo, explained the Italian situation
characterized by the presence of two databases, one used by Northern districts and one by
Central-Ssouthern districts. Such situation will be overcome with the availability of a portal
unique for the 17 Italian districts, with links to clubs web sites. Each district will be responsible
for its own data and for the links with its own Clubs.

4 – Kurt Sager (MD 102) presented the web-site “LionsBase.org” of MD 102 Switzerland. This
meets all possible needs of the lions structure, including having an agenda on-line (from the

     district to each member). This has been produced in three languages: French, Italian and
     For the communications among members there is a complete e-mail address book. The club
     secretary has the responsibility to update the members data: this makes it possible to draft the
     new organizational chart since the beginning of each new fiscal year.

     5 – Frank Gerlinger (MD 111) explained the functions of the web site www.Lions.de of the
     German MD. It is characterized by an efficient e-mail system which not only permits the
     communication among all members, but also the creation of lists for the automatic mailing to all
     the levels of the structure (Governor, district officers, club presidents, members). The Clubs can
     be reached by e-mail even if their addresses remain hidden.
     The database for the administrative management of the members is rich in information, complete
     and updated. In order to reduce the risk of the data losses, these are saved at every level of the
     structure (everybody saves the ones of his/her own competence). There is a webmaster at Club,
     District and Multiple District level. He suggests to create the European portal www.lions.eu.

     5bis – Henk Schentjens (MD 110) presented the Dutch web site www.lions.nl., created in 2000
     which has now reached a satisfactory functioning level. For the exchange of data between
     databases the link with the headquarters in Oak Brook has been essentially favoured.
     The process which has just been completed, makes the automatic connection among systems and
     the synchronization of databases possible.

     6 – Robert Rettby ((MD 102) resumed the description of the Swiss site and underlined the
     importance of having a database constantly updated by club secretaries, that makes it also
     possible to automatically create lists of distribution of information at every level of the structure.
     A particular commitment has been devoted in teaching members on the use of the new tools of
     management and communication.

     7 – Kurt Sager (MD 102) recalled the most important points discussed during MD IT seminar
     and submitted again the proposal to create a permanent committee made up of representatives of
     European MDs/Ds involved in the development of IT solutions.
     The aim of this committee is:
-   To coordinate the use of web technologies to improve communication among districts;
-   To develop easy-to-use programs, for working groups (Quest, Youth exchanges, Leadership,
     Forum, etc.);
-   To create and use a common platform to allow communication among all European Lions;
-   To cut costs of communication and technology services.

     8 - Mike Carroll, IT officers of LCI – Oak Brook outlined in particular all the functions
     developed for the best management of the members, whose data could be updated on-line via
     internet. Clubs can receive and print locally all the useful reports to manage their activities,
     including attendance at meetings and statistics.

     Scheduled contributions were followed by a Q&A session on hardware costs and the software
     necessary to create the web sites. Many solutions have been proposed: from the use of volunteers
     to the use of specialists paid by the sponsors. It has been pointed out that the cost of a specialist
     of database amounts to 2 – 3 euros for developed code line.

                               LlONISM IN EASTERN EUROPE

 DATE: October 1st,2004 TIME: 12.00 a.m. – 1,30 p.m.  ROOM: AUDITORIUM
 LANGUAGE: English
 CHAIRPERSON: PIP Jean Behar- MD 103, PID Ernst Musil- MD 114
 SECRETARY: Lions Fausto Vitiello


 1- Introduction and presentation.
 2- Experiences and perspectives - PID Ernst Musil MD 114
 3- Lionism in Eastern Europe - Lion Heiko Dallmann- MD 111
 4- Development of Lionism in Poland - PDG Mariusz Szeib - D121
 5- The Lionism in Moldova - PDG Laura De Mattè Premoli - MD 108
 6- Lionism as part of Civil Society - Lions Leon Horowicz - D 123
 7- Discussion
 8- Conclusions


1- Introduction - PIP Jean BEHAR
Lions clubs are used to be good carriers of democratic values and practices, this is the reason why
non-democratic authorities are suspicious of our association, and often they prohibit Lions Clubs.
It was the case in the former communist Eastern block. With the fall of the Iron Curtain, it became
possible to create Lions clubs in Eastern and Central European countries. Many Lions clubs were
immediately sponsored by clubs from Western countries. Some dates should be remembered:
1988: First Club in Hungary; 1990: First Club in Moscow; 1991: fall of the Soviet Union; 1999/
2002 First three-year Lions project for membership growth in Eastern Europe; 2004/2007: Second
three-year initiative.
The program was probably led too quickly, specially for people who, for three generations, have
been living in a culture of complete assistance by state organizations and not yet accustomed to
self-esteem, the membership did not grow as expected and too often selected members did not
have the necessary quality. In 1998, the Board decided upon a special program to improve clubs
quality and increase membership in the area. PID Ernst Musil from Vienna, Austria, was appointed
as general coordinator for a three-year period. He did a remarkable job and got good results after
three years of hard work. Then for personal problems he had to withdraw from some projects. In
2003 the Board decided upon a new three-year special program for membership growth in Eastern
and Central European countries and International President Clem Kusiak decided to enlarge the
team and to give new means to reach the set goals. He appointed PIP Jean Behar as general

  coordinator with a certain independence. Taking into consideration the expertise of PID Ernst
  Musil, PIP Jean Behar appointed Ernst Musil as implementation coordinator and decided to
  constitute a smaller team with him.
  A rather detailed preliminary strategic plan was prepared and will be presented to the Board for
  approval in its next October meeting. The program is based on:
  - the commitment of Lions in charge with coordinating membership growth on country, zone and
  club levels.
  - Leadership actions are a key component of the program, and we have organized two kinds of
+ general guidance meetings to inform and train District Governors, Vice-District Governors, and
  country coordinators, and chairmen of temporary zones;
+ more technical seminars to train trainers for clubs and zones with a strong assistance from the
  Leadership Division in Oak Brook
  - We will urge those in charge at all levels to purse goals and report about them every month. We
  shall give a follow-up to these reports.
  - We shall be in contact with all countries.
  - At the same time we are preparing a Public Relations program with the assistance of the PR
  Division of Oak Brook and the Ketchum office for Eastern Europe.
  - In addition, we expect that all driving forces of European Districts, all PIDs, and all PDGs, all
  Districts and Multiple Districts will give us their support and even their personal assistance.
  All these activities will be coordinated with the IOGI program of IP Kusiak through the IDs for
  Europe: we have a parallel object but we do not depend of them. We are constantly in connection
  with the District and club service Division, managed by Mrs Kaoru Anderson, who is in charge of
  the financial and administrative issues of the program.
  This program is a three-year initiative. PID Ernst Musil and myself are confident that our efforts
  will be successful.

 2- Experience and perspectives - PID Ernst MUSIL MD 114
 The first Club in Eastern Europe was established in 1988 in Hungary and now they are expanding
 in all the States. The European Union has also grown: from May 2004 12 new States. Day by day
 Lionism is growing in Eastern Europe. The first program to help Lionism grow in Eastern Europe
 got many successes and the new program can do very important things. The culture and history of
 Eastern Europe can contribute to develop Lionism. To this end public relations are important as
 well as training seminars in native languages; we need excellent Lions. I believe in the quality of
 Eastern Europe. New Clubs will have at least 25 members.

 We organised in the last two years various seminars for Club officers to get quality members. The
 last meeting was held on September 2004 in Slovenia

 3- Lionism in Eastern Europe - Lion Heiko DALLMANN- MD 111
 The future of European Lionism depends - among other factors - on how Lionism will develop in
 Eastern European Countries. Following on the discussions in Brussels and Limassol, this
 workshop will discuss the results achieved between Limassol and Rome, including decisions taken
 by the Board meeting in Seoul and dealing with Eastern European matters. Participants from the
 new countries in the East will contribute with presentations.

    4- Developing Lionism in Poland - PDG Mariusz SZEIB - D121
    It is necessary to divide the New Europe (NE) into 2 parts:
1. NE 1- states that will soon be members of the European Union: Baltic States, Poland. Hungary,
    The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia
2. NE2- the remaining states from the old Eastern Block: Romania. Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belarus and
    Russia, which is quickly developing.
    One should have different approaches to these two parts of New Europe. Main reasons for the
    underdevelopment of Lionism in the New Europe are:
  1. Ideas of Lionism were known late, only after 1989.
  2. Low income.
  3. Low percentage of people working in non-profit organizations.
  4. 'Homo sovieticus'   mentality.
  5. Lack of appropriate and honest information about the Lions Organization.
    Issues under 2-4 are especially present in the NE2 states. How to develop Lionism in these
    Stronger PR activities.
    Sums devoted to PR should be allocated directly to the District Governor. PR activities should take
    into consideration tradition and local situation. Many lions or even clubs cannot afford to cover
    necessary expenses.
    2. Lower fees. Not all countries can be treated in the same way. Registration and membership fees
    should be calculated on the basis of the average salary of each country.
    Lions leaders should be elected by those of NE. They understand the needs and are able to
    motivate their colleagues from neighboring countries to work - they have similar experiences and
    3. Hosting global events and meetings in the NE. Since these events are very costly, additional
    funds need to be collected. The idea of voluntary 1 Euro contribution among the Lions in Europe
    sounds good.
    4. Showing good examples of help from LCIF. Successful actions prompt to give more.
    5. Developing "Our Nation' Safety". We must prompt and support all initiatives of international
    cooperation. Excellent relations between the German and Polish Districts can be the model to be
    followed by other countries.
    Cooperating with a neighbor increases the need for security.
    6. Realizing global and interesting initiatives coming from the NE countries. One works better in a
    team - every member feels responsible for the ideas. Thus, it would be good to have the NE
    countries create their own program.
    7. Supporting Leo Clubs in the NE countries: grants; exempting Lions clubs that have created Leo
    clubs from fees; creating opportunities of wider contacts through school exchange.
    8. Devoting more attention to the NE countries. Lionism in the NE countries should be a separate
    theme of a separate session at all the Europe Forum meetings.
    9. Analyzing and believing in success. Spain and Ireland have developed dynamically after having
    joined the European Union, this has also influenced the development of Lionism in these countries.
    A similar situation will happen in the countries of New Europe. The speed with which the ideas of
    Lionism will develop in these countries is up to us. Maybe it is also worthwhile to listen to the
    Lions from the New Europe.

5- Lionism in Moldova - PDG Laura DE MATTÈ PREMOLI - MD 108
The Understanding and International Cooperation Committee of the 108 Ib3 District has always
been trying to provide good stimuli, so that the "Mission" values of our association can be the
primary objective of each Lions Club.
On the operational level, our attention towards developing countries continues to be maintained,
such as towards Eastern Europe, thanks to the collaboration of the Consul of the Republic of
Moldova, Lions Maria Vittoria Jonutas Puscasiu. Following Moldova' requests a list of
fundamental drugs was sent to us by the Health Vice Minister Doctor Larisa Catrinici.
Like in other occasions, our association was immediately involved in collecting medicines
necessary to cure diseases which have become one of the most serious problems in Moldova. The
Lions of the 108 Ib3 District sent those medicines to this country in April. The Vice Minister'      s
appeal to Lions was made after a visit, in October 2003, of a Lions delegation from the 108 Ib3
District, led by Maria Vittoria Jonutas Puscasiu, Honorary Consul of the Moldovan Republic and
member of "Lodi Europea" Lions Club. This delegation was also made up of PDG Salvatore
Dattilo, VDG and now DG Franco Marchesani with his wife Anna, PDG Laura De Matté Premoli,
DZ Italo Mola, DO Antonio Premoli and the Lions Cinzia Ferrari. The aim of this delegation was
to lay the basis for a new Lions Club. During the three very busy days we visited the Hospital of
Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, we met Vice Ministers, University Rectors, various sector
experts, so to have a better awareness of the social - economic situation of the young Republic, to
spread the Lions aims and values in that country, to establish a friendship relationship, social and
cultural exchange, and to start mutual activities for a future in which Lionism will be more and
more cosmopolitan and widespread, more and more incisive, above any separation wanted by
history and ideologies. These meetings, both in Italy and in Moldova have gone on, always with
the collaboration of the Consul of the Moldovan Republic, the Lion Maria Vittoria Jonutas
Puscasiu and we think that the new club may start operating in the first months of 2005, together
with a new initiative. One of the health problems experiencing a new rise all over the world is
tuberculosis. Therefore WHO has established a Task Force to keep Tuberculosis under control.
Italy is in charge of training courses for experts. To the Countries which are known for the high
incidence of the disease such as South Africa, Eastern Asia, South America we can add Eastern
European countries which show an incidence two or three times higher than the European average.
Therefore it seemed natural to train experts coming from Moldova so that when they go back to
their countries, they can carry out such activities (this project was introduced to the Moldovan
Health Vice Minister by VDG and now DG Franco Marchesani who can better talk about it). In
July 2005 a physiopneumologist, Doctor Andrei Gherman will attend the training course "TB
Consultant" carried out by Ospedale Morelli in Sondalo (SO) thanks to a scholarship so to be able
to acquire the skills to takle tuberculosis at any level in his country. All of this, already reported
during the European Council by PID Giovanni Rigone, can’t be but as further step towards the
opening process in Eastern European countries.

6- Lionism as part of Civil Society - Lions Leon HOROWICZ - D 123
Lionism, as part of Civil Society, freely brings together people whose aim is to contribute rather
than receive. Thanks to this, it can potentially solve many real problems affecting the world such
as poverty, diseases, hunger and suffering in a more effective way than other traditional
organization systems.
Indeed, traditional ways of thinking and doing things in bureaucratic structures are often not
effective for numerous reasons ranging from bureaucratic immobility to personal interests and
ambitions. Furthermore, traditional methods of governance, because of their conservative nature,

   find it difficult to accept change and encourage innovation. As a matter of fact, very often what is
   needed are new ideas to solve even old problems which have remained unsolved already for too
   long; not to mention new problems which will affect us in the near future.
   Lionism, being a free association of individuals working for the promotion of certain ideals, as
   well as having a strong grassroots base, has all the advantages to solve these problems, which
   traditional systems do not have.
   However, to be even more effective in our undertakings, we need to encourage essentially two
   more qualities in our clubs:
1. They should become foyers of "free" and innovative thinking where the members, each fully
   conscious of one’s own responsibilities, are respectful of the effort of others
2. We should encourage the development of a deontology of "help" based on the principle of "self-
   Such a power machine would be just the opposite of a bulldozer; it would be a Ferrari speeding
   along the off-beaten tracks of poverty, illness, hunger and suffering, helping and giving back their
   dignity to all those creatures of God who are equal to us but not so fortunate.

   IP KUSIAK (USA).Thank you and congratulations to the representatives of new Countries. We
   have a great perspective of growth in Central–Eastern Europe. We are following your activities
   and the growth of Lionism in your countries. We launched the new three-year program that covers
   Clubs, Services and the choice of group leaders for education in service. All of us are working to
   get results.

   7- Discussion
   DG Matti KLAAR (Estonia). In Estonia two new clubs have been founded after 1988. He
   requests more support by the Association and appreciates the new 2004-2007 program for Eastern
   PDG Raffaele GALLUS (Italy). He is the coordinator of 108-L District for Lionism in Eastern
   Europe and proposes a joint effort to develop Lionism in that area.
   Lions Giovanni MILITERNO (Italy). He proposes a Directive of the Europe Union in the field
   of social promotion as was the case in the cooperation and voluntary work sectors.
   PDG Franco MARCHEGIANI (Italy). In the afternoon session, following the presentation by
   PDG DEL MONTE, he will submit a motion.

   8- Conclusion - PIP Jean BEHAR
   We can conclude this seminar with the following items:

- the organization to spread Lionism in Eastern Europe is: general coordinator, an implementation
    coordinator, and two assistant coordinator; moreover there are some country coordinators and zone

- information and retraining are two very important aspects to expand Lionism;

- visiting the countries is necessary to contact directly the people, to speak their languages and discuss
    and solve their problems;

- reporting procedure is important to follow up and update activities;

- regular information can be exchanged on line;

- 7 new Clubs were established in Croatia and 3 in Poland;

- Public Relations are an important secondary action to new communities. To send information it is
   possible to use articles, meetings, advertising and so on;

- Cultural Adaptation is an another important factor.

                                      ETHICAL STANDARDS
                                     AND CONDUCT POLICIES

     DATE: October 2nd 2004    TIME: 8,30 – 10,00 a.m.               ROOM: ITALIA
     LANGUAGE: English
     CHAIRPERSON: PID Jon Bjarni Thorsteinsson- MD 109
     SECRETARY: Lions Mario Tumiati
     PARTICIPANTS: all Lions


1.   Introduction and presentation
2.   Rules illustration – PID Jon Bjarni Thorsteinsson – MD 109
3.   Italian’s point of view - PDG Maurizio Casali – MD 108
4.   Women point of view – Lions Ora Keren – D 128
5.   Discussion
6.   Conclusions


     PID Jon Bjarni THORSTEINSSON welcomed the participants and presented the subject:
     The Lions code of Ethics contains eight specific principles, including fairness, reputation,
     loyalty, friendship, proper conduct and sympathy. These principles apply to all Lions Club
     members. In 2004 the International Board of Directors adopted Ethical Standards and Conduct
     Policies which apply to many Lions Leaders and identify four core ethical values: Integrity,
     Accountability, Teamwork, Excellence. Our responsibility as Lions is to observe these every
     day, during Lions activities, business and family life.
     Some items have been underlined: never use funds raised for charity to run the Club; use them
     in the way the donors intended, be transparent in the use of public funds. Ask permission to
     raise funds in another club area. Don’t raise funds in another District.
     About ourselves: put principles in practice; educate yourself and your colleagues at all levels,
     focus on leadership of your organisation.
     About reporting of ethics violation: each of us has the responsibility to report ethical or legal
     compliance issues. If you know of a possible ethics violation take action to report the violation.
     Simply talking about a possible violation, but failing to report, is contrary to the spirit and
     intent of the policy.
     ......and if I am not sure ”whenever a doubt arises as to the right or ethics of my position or
     action towards others, I will solve such doubt against myself” (Lions code of ethics).
     PDG Maurizio CASALI introduced the Italian view on the subject. Starting from the question”
     why add something to what already exists and that is a fundamental “must” for the
     Association”, he stated that the new standards, which enlarge and better define the behavioural

   rules of some Lions Officers, are based on the Ethical lionistic code. The provided four main
   values can be divided in two: the first two are part of ethics; the second ones are behavioural
   codes, aimed to the development of our Association as they mean the acceptance of a new
   culture. In the second part of the standards it is stated that “breaching the seriousness in
   behaviour” is unacceptable and whenever there is a doubt regarding a “matter of a legal or
   ethical type” it is held valid to submit the matter to the competent body. The question which
   arises is: what happens if responsibilities are not respected? To what extent can the bodies in
   charge deliver judgement in a binding way or ratify illicit and inappropriate behaviour? The
   generic references to “applicable laws” and to “matters of ethical and applicable type” are not
   enough adequate in order to determine tangible parameters of responsibility within the
   Association. These questions will be overcome should the Association decide to ascribe
   binding coefficients to standards by introducing tools by which it can concretely express its
   opinion in real cases (verifiable violations, applicable sanctions, guarantee impartiality and
   power to appeal against internal measures).
   Leaving aside these questions, because our Association is present all over the world, the issue
   of standards like these could become useful in:
1. establishing a homogenous package of rules that unite crosswise members and organisations
   spread out in different countries;
2. introduce ethical and social commitments to parts of the world where they never existed (at
   least where positive rights are concerned).
   A final point to be taken in consideration is that the introduction of new standards presupposes
   deeper ethical and above all behavioural consciousness on achieving our services. Don’t do
   something just for the sake of doing it, but act in such a way that the results of our services
   satisfy the expectations of people both within and outside the Association.
   During the following discussion some remarks were given:
   the way our ethical code is written is old. The core values are valid, but they should be written
   with a modern language, more accessible to the people of today. And, they were written by an
   American citizen with a different culture, and today we are international, with a sum of
   different cultures. So these core values should be clear, easily acceptable and readable to all.
   There is a common feeling that ethical codes should be based on a ground common to all
   cultures. The chairman stated that there is the possibility to solve the problem by trying to
   analyze whether Philosophy (Kant) can be of help.
   Regretting the absence of Ora KEREN, who was supposed to deliver the women’s point of
   view, the chairman thanked the attendees for their contribution and closed the seminar.

                                     EURO-AFRICA COMMITTEE

         DATE: October 2nd, 2004       TIME: 8.30– 10.00 a.m. ROOM: AUDITORIUM
         LANGUAGE:             English
         CHAIRPERSON:          PDG Jean Paul Juncker – MD 113
         SECRETARY:             Lions Mario Manganaro
         PARTICIPANTS:         all Lions


1.       Welcome and opening
2.       Introduction of the Board
3.       Approval of the minutes of the Forum of Cyprus 2003
4.       Presentation of the objectives of the new Euro – Africa Committee
5.       Recent Lions experiences in Africa
     -   “Sodis” project Solar water disinfection for Africa – ID Hans U. Dätwyler – MD102
     -   Malawi “A cry for help” PDG Ram Jaggi – MD105
     -   “New project of MD104 in Malawi” SG Jan Erik Larsen – MD104
     -   Experiences of past residents representative MD104 for years in Africa
     -   Creation of new Lions Clubs in Eritrea – PDG Roberto Fresia – MD108
     -   Report of Lions services realized in Cameroon – Lions Anna Caggiano – MD108
     -   “Recent experience of intervention in the Mali Republic”-PDG Luigi Pengue-MD108
     -   Presentation – PDG Robert Haaser – MD103
6.       Presentation of the actualized homepage of the E.A.C. – Improve the communication
         between Lions of Africa and Europe by IT Technology
7.       Miscellaneous
8.       Conclusions


     President Juncker welcomes participants and presents the new Committee:
     PDG Axer ( MD 103), PCC Tang (MD 111) and PDG Fresia (MD 108).
     The minutes of the meeting held in Cyprus are unanimously approved.
     The aims of the Committee are explained, which was established in 1976 upon initiative by PIP
     Grimaldi for the respect of human rights in all the Countries of the world.
     ID Datwyler (MD 102-Switzerland) describes the Sodis project to make water drinkable
     developed by the Federal Institute of Zurich. He invites to visit the stand in the Agorà. Between
     Sodis and LCI an agreement has been signed. 120,000 US$ were raised in Switzerland to carry
     out 4 projects in Bolivia and Peru with a contribution by LCIF of 30,000 US$. Introduction of

the project in Brazil, Slovenia ed Haiti. Meeting in Chicago next October to sign an agreement
among LCIF, UNICEF and SODIS. He invites European MDs to appoint a PDG for the
dissemination of this project.
PDG Jaggi (MD 105) presents a series of projects from MD 105 in favour of Malawi in the
framework of Sight First and a project called “Water aid” to distribute drinkable water and
interventions in the sanitation sector.
Lions Larsen (MD 104) explains the intervention of his MD in Uganda within the Sight First
project with the renewal of an agreement signed in 1993 and renewed until 2010 to give
infrastructural support in the fight against blindness. A new project for Malawi is also being
Peter Linch, Manager of LCI, intervenes to confirm the support of the Foundation for all the
projects illustrated.
PDG Fresia (MD 108) reports on the project to sponsor new Lions Clubs in Eritrea by Lions
Club Savona Torretta.
PDG Haaser (MD 103) reports on the intervention in Benin with the building of a diabetic
center. IRD Meyer (MD 106 - Denmark) presents 4 projects of cooperation between MD 106 and
Lions Club Lumiere in Burkina-Faso (a mobile clinic for cataract surgeries, an educational
project, a house for street children and one for orphans).
Lions Lupi (MD 108) presents a project to contribute in the fight against river blindness within
the actions Sight First in Cameroon. A book will be put up for sale with a photo reportage made
in Cameroon whose proceeds will be destined to the aforesaid project.
PDG Pengue presents a short note about a recent health experience in Mali for a personal support
in order to restructure and reorganize an existing obstetrician hospital.
Since there are no other contributions, the Chairman closes the seminar thanking all the

                                          YOUTH EXCHANGE

     DATE: October 1st, 2004 TIME 10.00– 11.45 a.m.  ROOM: EUROPA
     LANGUAGE:               English
     CHAIRPERSON:            PDG Cesare Diazzi
     VICE CHAIRPERSON: PDG Alexander Rist – MD 111
                             PDG Gregoriou Tassos –MD 117
     SECRETARY:              Lions Simone Roba
     PARTICIPANTS:           YE


     1.    Introduction and presentation
     2.    Speech by MD about the archieved results, how to improve them and discussion
     3.    The Leo participation for the YE promotion – MD 112
     4.    How to reward who work daily for the YE program and in the YC – MD 118
     5.    The role of the District Governor for his better involvement – MD 108
     6.    Discussion
     7.    Conclusions


          Participants: around 70 people (YEC, Lions and Leos)

-   The Chairman greets his colleagues and, after informing them that item 4 cannot be discussed due
    to Lion Benjamin Bueno’s absence, starts the session.

-   After reading the agenda, Cesare Diazzi starts discussion of item 5. All agree on the importance of
    continuity in YE Officers. For this reason, it is recommended that YEC involve their respective
    DGs. Oak Brook should help by organizing YE and YC orientation sessions. Continuity is
    essential for the correct implementation of these programs.

-   We continue with item 3. Joris Bloeman from Belgium indicates that Leo and YE should be linked
    to each other and that in Belgium those wishing to participate in YE are invited to become Leos.
    Furthermore, those young people are invited to attend YC in Belgium and to bring friends to
    familiarize with the Association. Participants’ good training and careful selection are also
    necessary. A similar project was launched in Italy last year. Italian young people who attended
    YE abroad in 2004, will now be invited by Leo Clubs to learn about their clubs. The MD 108
    Coordinator sent a proposal to the MD Leo Chairman to send YE participants to the Leo National
    Day which will be held in December.

-   Lion Larsen Fleming takes the floor and illustrates how Denmark utilizes a YE evaluation form to
    avoid mistakes in the future and to improve its strenghts. Young people and host families are
    interviewed at the beginning and at the end of the exchange. The excellence of Danish camps is
    confirmed by a Leo from Romania who last summer was hosted in Denmark.

-   Two representatives from Ukraine ask permission to speak. After expressing their thanks to all
    YEC for what they are doing, they brief the organization about a YC and that six YE participants
    have become Lions.

-   Next, the date of the next Europa Forum in Stuttgard is proposed – too late for YE. The proposal
    that an operational meeting of European YEC be organized not later than the last week-end in
    September and its results included in the Stuttgard Program, is approved unanimously. This
    should be done according to the one held in Vienna in 2003 whose results were reported in Cyprus.
    PDG Alexander Rist (MD 111 Germany) volunteers to find an appropriate location in Germany.

-   YEC Rachel Talmi (D 128 Israel) reports that camp participation fees in Israel are $120 and not

-   MD YEC 106 Denmark, Leo Bang Olsen suggests that a camp information form be posted on the

-   MD YEC 114 Austrian Franz Forster reports about the organization of a winter camp.

    After discussing all items, the workshop closes at 11.45.

                                                LIONS QUEST

          DATE: October 1st 2004              TIME:8.30 – 10.00 a.m.            ROOM: ITALIA
          LANGUAGE:              English
          CHAIRPERSON:           PDG Gerhart Knoblauch – MD 111
          SECRETARY:             Lions Mario Tumiati
          PARTICIPANTS:          All Lions


     1.   Introduction and presentation
     2.   Projects development in Europe – PIP Sten Akestam –MD 101
     3.   Description of formation course- Dott. ssa Paola Vigliano – Moulder
     4.   The Lions Quest in MD 108 – PDG Francesco Migliorini –MD 108
     5.   Discussion
     6.   Conclusions


1.   Introduction and presentation. PDG Gerhart KNOBLAUCH welcomed all the LIONS present to
       the workshop and gave a brief presentation of the LIONS QUEST. “Children are not 100% of
       the present population, but they will be 100% in the future” so there is no endeavour worthier of
       LIONS service than involvement with our youth. The behaviour and attitude of children is to a
       large extent not fixed from the start: it develops, and adults contribute very much to their
       development. Main objective for a successful adolescence is to develop one’s own personality:
       “self confidence, enthusiasm for life, good responsibility to others, responsibility, commitment.
       The situation for many young people all over the world unfortunately differs very much from
       these crucial conditions. Prevention and more information, as practised in the past, did not help
       much to change these dangerous attitudes. Children require the skills necessary to go through
       those turbulent transition years from childhood to adulthood: LIONS - QUEST programs are
       LIFE – Skills programs. LIONS Quest programs were developed by Quest International, a non
       profit organisation in the USA. Experienced educators, researchers, child development experts,
       communicators and Lions developed these programs. LIONS QUEST programs were translated
       into more than 15 languages and adapted to the special social needs and situation of the school
       systems in different countries. What is LIONS-QUEST? It is a comprehensive, educational
       approach to developing healthy, productive lifestyles in young people. LIONS-QUEST
       programs foster healthy life skills, Which include: "learning to accept responsibility,
       communicating effectively, setting goals, making healthy decisions, resisting negative pressures
       to use alcohol and drugs, introduction to service learning, teaching conflict solution skills”.
       There are three separate LIONS-QUEST programs: a) Skills for Growing (SFG), a school based

       curriculum for students from five to nine years of age; b) Skills for Adolescence (SFA), which
       teaches responsibility and life skills to students aged 10 through 14. Drug abuse prevention is an
       important component of this school-based curriculum; c) Skills for Action (SFC), which teaches
       14 to 19 year old to accept personal and social responsibility. Educators must understand all
       facets of LIONS-QUEST program they want to teach, so every LIONS-QUEST teacher must
       complete an intensive three-day training workshop. Working with parents is a very important
       part of the implementation of LIONS-QUEST programs. How can LIONS become involved? To
       begin, by learning more about LIONS-QUEST, offering the LIONS-Quest programs to local
       schools, organising and financing workshops, providing LIONS-QUEST classes with students’
       books and other materials, co-hosting a LIONS-Quest meeting for parents, inviting LIONS-
       QUEST teachers to a club meeting to report about their experiences with the program, rewarding
       outstanding results of LIONS-Quest efforts with special awards. We certainly are aware of the
       fact that LIONS-QUEST programs will not solve all the problems which boys and girls have to
       face while growing up. But each single boy and each single girl that grows up a bit happier and
       more successful to become a committed member of our community is worth that we cared about
       him or her by offering our LIONS-QUEST programs.
2.   Projects developed in Europe. PIP Sten AKESTAN started his speech remembering that the
       founder of this activity was Rick LITTLE. In 1984 Lions Clubs International and Quest
       International co-operateed in the implementation of Lions Quest programs. The programs were
       tested in USA and Canada, in great secret. The Lions of UK approached the school and a civic
       organisation is taking care, even today, of the programs. In 2002 the LIONS CLUBS
       INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION bought the three main Lions Quest programs from Quest
       International. At present, in the world LIONS-QUEST offices are established in 17 countries, 8
       of which are in Europe (Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway,
       Sweden). According to the latest statistics the number of teachers trained is 175,000, the
       workshops were 6,500, and the number of students who have gone through the program
       worldwide, 7 million. Certainly these numbers are underestimated, as not all countries have
       provided information, and most of the information dates back to 2002. Support for pilot
       programs has been provided to the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary.
3.   Description of a training course. Dr Paola VIGLIANO described a training course, starting with an
       interesting practical activity (training of couples ...etc) Then she replaced PDG Francesco
       MIGLIORINI and described the activities of LIONS-QUEST in Italy. In particular, the
       partnership with the Ministry of Education for developing courses for next year in Bergamo,
       Brescia and Mantova. Co-operation was also established with the Ministry of Justice, for the
       training of operators in Correctional Institutions and Juvenile Courts. She underlined the large
       amount of requests impossible to meet for economic reasons. The transformation going on in the
       Italian educational system is another cause of difficulty in the implementation of programs.
4.   Discussion. A FINLAND Representative said that 10,000 teachers have been trained and a lot of
       training course are undergoing. Programs are accepted by their Ministry of Education, but not as
       primary requests. Therefore individual schools are contacted and their Principals involved.
       A GERMAN Representative said that some schools are now running LQ programs as School
       curricula. Teachers are happy with the programs. Until now five states have signed a
       Memorandum of Understanding for the Lions Quest. Their goal is the involvement of all German
       States. In Germany workshops have been held in order to receive comments from the teachers
       who already have been trained.
       A NETHERLANDS Representative informed that some schools are changing their own
       programs in order to take into account the LIONS-Quest programs.

     A POLAND Representative illustrated their economic difficulties and the difficult start of the
     programs. The support of the Ministry of Education meets with bureaucratic difficulties,
     notwithstanding the good acceptance from the people in charge. Seven schools already had their
     first workshop with US trainers. The results were enthusiastic. The most important problem is to
     find money. Poland is trying to help the spreading of LIONS-QUEST toward East, and is
     looking for help in order to solve some problems with a Ukrainian Club.
     An Australian Representative asked for the setting up of a mechanism for sharing different
     experiences from different countries. The Chairman remembered that there is an Office for
     LIONS-QUEST and regularly meetings of the Countries Directors are held.
     An Estonian Representative said that in her country LIONS QUEST started two years ago. The
     most difficult and expensive part is the translation of books. They are having contacts with the
     authorities in order to obtain their support.
5.   Conclusions. The Chairman thanked the attendees for their contribution to the Workshop and
     remembered that every time and everywhere LIONS-QUEST must keep this name and shall not
     be called only QUEST.

                                       MD IT COMMITTEE

    DATE: October 1 st 2004        TIME:8.30 – 10.00 a.m.       ROOM: E.U.R.
    LANGUAGE:               English
    CHAIRPERSON:            RC Robert Rettby – MD 102
    SECRETARY:              Lions Fernando Giuseppetti
    PARTICIPANTS:           all IT Lions


    1.  Introduction and presentation
    2.  Approval of the minutes of the meeting on November 14 th 2003 - Limassol
    3.  Short presentation of European projects or achievements
    4.  Co -ordination of projects
    5.  European Website ( www.lions. eu)
    6.  Data exchanges among European Lions database Systems and the LCI data base
           – Mike Carroll head IT – L.C.I.
    7. Experiences in MD 108 – DG Guido Dell’Acqua and DG Oscar Louvier – MD 108
    8. Users and benefits of the projects
    9. Miscellaneous
    10. IT permanent Committee and next meetings
    11. Official proposals of the EF
    12. Conclusions


    President RC Robert Rettby (MD 102) welcomes the seminar and thanks all participants such as:
    Schweizenbach, Blasi, Sager, Carrol, Brandt, Gerlinger, Schroeder, Hiltscher,Schentjens, Sand,
    Goodchild, Poulton, Waller, Louvier, Broditovi, Mansala, Flaaming, Lof, Leduc, Giuseppetti,
    Dell’Acqua, Carnalito Lopez.

    Thereafter he specifies that this meeting is the continuation of the first “MD IT meeting” held
    during the Forum of Limassol (Cyprus) in 2003.
    The proposal of the meeting is to guide the delegates in charge for the IT (Information
    Technologies) in the MD and in the SD to meet and coordinate their IT projects. The mission of
    the participants will be to organize the communications among the Lions by means of the IT and,
    consequently, to determine how:
-   to improve the communicability and the flow of the information among the various MDs
    (Multiple Districts);
-   to realize a valid technology for all the other working groups;
-   to realize a common electronic base for all the European Lions;
-   to coordinate the existing European “data base” programs.

    In the first IT meeting numerous questions were set, to which we are trying to answer through
    this second meeting. The President, on this matter, invited the attendants to give information on
    the IT situation in their MD (Holland, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Finland,
    Switzerland) and, to this purpose, the following topics have been treated:
-   the evolution of the “European data”;
-   the European portal;
-   the updating of the “data base” with Oak Brook, introduced by Michael J. Carrol, as
    representative of the “ LCI Information Technology Division ”
    Three levels of “data access web sites” can be individualized and precisely:
-   Lionsclubs.org: related to the essential data of the Club (44.000 Club in 10 languages);
-   Lions.eu: related to data concerning members and activity (270.000 members in 3 languages);
-   Lions.xx: related to data referred to the national Club, members and activity.
    These sites are not in competition among them but they complete each other.
    Some important news raised from the discussion on the above mentioned matters:
-   the next permanent site of the E.F. will be: www.lions.europaforum.org ;
-   the “Content Management System ” could use the “red hot” program ;
-   a budget of expense will be esteemed for the European portal before its realization: the proposal
    is surely positive and necessary;
-   before working for the realization of a European project it is necessary to develop the IT in the
    single MDs;
-   the users must be trained as the objective is to enable all Club to use said program;
-   legal responsibilities come out from all this and must be underline and examined by a “pool” of
    lawyers to be constituted.
    It becomes therefore important to form a permanent IT Committee and submit the proposal to the
    2° European Council that will be held the last day of the Forum in Rome.
    Such proposal foresees the constitution of a permanent IT Committee formed by the
    representatives of the European MDs and SDs involved in the development of IT solutions
    having the following purpose:
-   to co-ordinate the use of internet technologies, in order to improve the communication among the
    MDs and to allow a good flow of information;
-   provide technologies and make them easily available for all the working groups and committees;
-   to create a common base and operate with it to communicate with all the European Lions;
-   to reduce the costs of the communications and the IT services;
    It is necessary to remember, at last, that the official decision for the institution of a permanent IT
    committee will be postponed to the next meeting in Stuttgart.

                               MEETING OF GENERAL SECRETARIES

      DATE: October 1st 2004     TIME:4,15 -5,15 p.m.        ROOM: ITALIA
      LANGUAGE:                  English
      CHAIRPERSON:               Mrs. Giuliana Scaliti – MD 108
      SECRETARY:                 Lions Francois Leduc – MD 103
      PARTICIPANTS:              MD General Secretaries


1.    Introduction and presentation
2.    Need of more info exchanges
3.    Possible collaboration with IT
4.    Discussion
5.    Conclusions


     The meeting is attended by Secretaries of MD: 102, 103, 104, 106, 107, 108, 110, 111, 112,
     The Chairperson of MD 108 Italy welcomes the participants and opens the meeting.
     After a brief introduction of oneself, the Secretaries show their activities and their differences.
     The Chairperson expresses the wish that the communication can be improved so to have a better
     exchange of information among Secretariats.
     The Secretaries decide on a new meeting tobe held in Brussels on April 25th, 2004. Expenses for
     each MD Secretary will be charged to his/her own Multiple District.
     MD 111 Secretary, Sören Junge, shows a table that summarizes information on the structure of
     the European Secretariats. A second table about tasks and functions of the MD Secretaries will
     be submitted before the meeting in Brussels.
     The Secretaries think that, in Brussels, it would be useful also to meet the MD IT for a better
     During the meeting the minutes of the EF Forum 2003 held in Limassol/Cyprus have been
     The Chairperson thanks all attendants for their participation and closes the meeting at 17.00.

                              MAGAZINE EDITORS

DATE: October 2 nd, 2004 TIME: 8:30 -10:00 a.m.         ROOM: E.U.R.
LANGUAGE:          English
CHAIRPERSON: Sirio Marcianò
SECRETARY:         Lions Fausto Vitiello
PARTICIPANTS: Editors Lions Magazine


1- Introduction
2- Diffusion of the information
3- Lions cultural exchange trough the magazine
4- Role of the lionistic press
5- Coordination among the European Lions magazines
6- Discussion
7- Conclusions



19 Lions are presents at the seminar, 8 of them are directors of “The lion” magazine.
Sirio Marcianò, shows the purpose of the seminar, that is dedicated to magazine directors, he
making them understand that the national magazine is the only means to bring monthly, in the
homes of the membership our ideas and programs, and therefore the magazine has to be a
container that allows us to reflect, to speak, to compare one another on the problems and to
discuss of the solutions. Besides, “The lion” has to represent all Lions of each own MD and it
has to give the possibility to know our common home with its virtues and faults, without
Obviously, the tone of the information is determining so that the membership read the article,
and any article, rider or text appearing on our monthlies has to capture the lions attention. It
isn’t always like this, above all for the lack of full time operating and set collaborators.
Therefore, the magazine encourages the presentation of the articles from the readers, but it has
always to improve the lionistic information at every levels.
Mr. Marcianò says that 51,000 copies are printed in Italy, but only the 40% of them is really
read by the lions.
The Chairperson proposes a magazine concerning the European Forum, directed by the editor of
the issue hosting the Forum, to give the right and opportune information to all the Lions of the
European area. The proposal has been approved unanimously.
Lion Fred Huck, during the discussion, says that for the European Forum 2005 of Stuttgart he
will send to the European editors a “News Letter” every two months.

ID Hans Hans Ulrich Dätwyler explained the program of the Symposium on Children and Youth
that will be held in LJublijana, Slovenia on 27-29 January 2005 and the schedule: “Solar Water
PID Eberhard J. Wirfs, President of Europa Forum 2005 has introduced to present directors, a
list of works that will be carried out during the Suttgart Forum.
Finally, the magazines “The Lion” have to represent the tool by which proving the association
action and contributing to meet the society requests.
The participants to the seminar have approved unanimously the following proposal:
“ The Editors of the Lion Magazine, participating at the 2004 Europa Forum in Roma,
that all countries in Central- East Europe (The new Europe) may issue their own edition of
“The lion” magazine after achieving 1500 members.”


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