My latest visit to Serbia, together with PCC Philip Goodier, in our capacity as Country Advisors, began on Wednesday, Philip joined me on Thursday, for a range of Lions’ events in what will be a very full weekend, including the Charter Night of a ‘new’ Club.

After a wonderful meeting with the members of the ‘new’ Lions of Petrovgrad Zrenjanin, we moved to Novi Sad, Serbia’s second largest city.




There are two Lions Clubs in Novi Sad and both have sponsored a Leo Club, so, there is friendly competition.

The first item of business was to meet with the Leo’s.

Having met the Leo’s on previous visits and attended some of their events I have to say that they are two of the best Leo Clubs we have had the privilege of knowing.

The leadership event ‘Balkan Ekspress’

Today was no exception and we spent over three hours together and the time just flew by!

Enthusiastic, passionate, full of ideas and desire to ‘Serve’. It is so good to see them ‘growing’ as Clubs and as individuals.

In the evening we met with the Zone Chair, Maja Zikic, and members from both Lions Clubs in Novi Sad.

We were talking when one of the members , a Doctor, received a phone call, made her apologies, and left.

An hour later a photo arrived showing her in ‘hospital scrubs’ preparing to operate on a patient.

Truly a commitment to ‘Serve’.

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Columbus Commentary….

The pace quickens!

Forum activities are now in full flow and we have enjoyed some interesting, informative and well presented Seminars.

Seen some really interesting service projects on sight activities- always useful to see how other cultures approach issues and can we adapt a project to work for us.

One of the pleasures of attending is to meet people, exchange ideas and, hopefully, encourage them.

One of the nice things about the USA/Canada Forum is that at their meals they have ‘table hosts’ and I have been asked to act as such.

At today’s lunch I was joined by Lion David Radtke, who I first met when I was the Guest at the Californian Lions Convention and he reminded me that I was the first PID he had met: now, he is a PCC. Great to catch up and exchange experiences.

After lunch ID Geoff and I caught up with PIP Wayne and Linda Madden who will be the Official Guests at one of our District Conventions in 2019.



It was good to meet up with two outstanding Past Presidents, Jim Ervin and Frank Moore, now serving as the Association’s Executive Administrator, and discuss a number of topics.



A great fan of MD105 is PIP Jimmy Ross and we enjoyed his, and Velda’s, company one evening and it was good to see Velda looking so well.

With re-districting accelerating towards us, we attended a seminar on merging/re-Districting, led by PID Bud Wahl and relating to a specific example from his own District.

Pleasingly, we could see that the topics raised and discussed, as well as the issues identified, are being considered by the District teams in MD105.

Communication, as it so often is, was the key factor stressed: everyone needs to be kept informed.

On more than one occasion in a good, clear presentation, PID Bud stressed that merging or re-districting does not solve the question of membership.

Thankfully, there were no surprises in the presentation, but an emphasis on working to bring the ‘new’ District together.

Word got round that the ‘Brits’ were in town and we were sought out by several Lions who had emigrated to either Canada or the USA, for a conversation about ‘home’ and the chance to hear a ‘proper’ English accent.

We ended much as we started, with long conversations with the Executive Officers and I again thank them for their time, openness and friendship.

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Letter from America

The USA/Canada Leadership Forum never fails to impress, in terms of the scope of the Seminars that are presented and the number of Lions that attend.

This year’s Forum continues that tradition and it has been a pleasure to meet friends old and new.

As I mentioned in my first post from Columbus, ID Geoff and I had some very important business to undertake and we were delighted to present PID Patti Hill with endorsement letters from MD105 & D133, Ireland: her delight at receiving them is evident from the photograph below.

As the accompanying photographs show, we have had the opportunity to engage with Executive Officers and discuss current thinking on a range of subjects affecting the future.

These conversations have been stimulating and informative and we very much appreciate the time we have been afforded.

We were also introduced to several of the serving Directors from the USA and Canada.

It is always interesting to look round the exhibition area, to see what projects are being promoted and are there ideas that we can adapt for use in our own communities.

And so the day continues.

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