I reached the convention quite early in the morning. Events did not start before 10 but i was there by 8 and was having a smoothie at a restaurant near the registration desk inside the MGM, which is quite big by the way. MGM could easily be as big as a neighborhood in Mumbai. So when i was having the smoothie two lions from golden city chicago joined me on my table and we talked. They have built canopy kind of things in the local park where kids can take shelter when it's raining. They provide food kits to the homeless there. For FRC every year they sell beer on the 4th if July, that is their independence day. They gave me their club pin before leaving.
After meeting them i headed towards the marquee ballroom where i met Kyle. Who was a lion leo from Canada and was also speaking about his video that he made last year. Saskia, another lion leo was presenting the "leos share their story". After I presented our video at the session i received a pin from the lion's club of newzealnd. I immediately became friends with Saskia, who is from the lion's club of newzealand and she introduced me to other leos. Following the session, there was a leo social in the evening which was a party for leos and leo advisors. The theme for the party was cowboys for which me, saskia, max and Juan went shopping and had a lot of fun at the party and the shopping.
I met a lot more leos at the party and made friends there. All in all it was a good day that I spent there.
Leo Akash Jogi,
Member of Leo Club of Juhu
First known sailors were Phoenicians, they discovered sailing in 4000 BCE and their techniques still exist today. During the ancient times sailing ships were made by carving timber and with a "square" cloth but today they're mostly made from fiberglass with different types of sails.
In 100 BCE Egyptians designed triangle-shaped sails, that could go against the wind in order to sail throughout the Nile.
The first Yatch Club, Water Club of Cark, was founded in 1780 and after that sailing and yatch club culture became rapidly popular throughout the world.
5 years ago on a hot summer day I saw a sailing boat for the first time. Before that time, my family already had a sailing boat for nearly 1 year but I wasn't curious about sailing. I wasn't aware that I was unknown to a sport, that will change me and become one of my utmost passions.
My sailing experience started with the island tours. Those days, requiring less effort and skill, ended when I started racing. After I got my Racing license my sailing hobby turned into a passion and all those tours turned into racing practices.
You can think, if you're not a sailor, sailing is a hobby but it's a thing that draws you inside and makes you understand that you are a sailor. After that moment only the sound of water and the breeze of the wind can give you rest and relaxation. Spotting the playful dolphins out in the open sea reminds you that you're not alone...
The pains and the feel of tiredness comes to you as a sweet feeling. When you experience those feelings...Only then you can really understand what sailing is.
"Fair winds and following seas."
Ege Can Erdoğan
Agora Leo Club, Turkey
"Here's to the strong women. May we be them, may we know them and may we raise them." This is what struck me when I saw these girls at Save The Children, India.
Their lives revolved around each other. It is said that blood is thicker than water and we witnessed the same. The girls we met were previously trafficked and then rescued and put into shelter homes. And no matter what they have gone through, the smiles on their faces were wider than the perpetual flow of the ocean. They have each other and that is all they need. When we gave them hygiene kits, half-stitched cloth materials, jewellery making boxes and sewing kits, they taught us the true value of gratefulness.
We are blessed with several things but, we never fail to grumble. They were satisfied with the little things they have. Majorly, we saw that if we have even one person to count on at the end of the day, we are more than blessed. However, some of us fail to realise that. These girls were strong and fierce and above all, supported each other. They dream and they don't fear to dream. And they're rigorously working towards that dream. They inspired each one of us to not only dream but, the motivation to work towards it. And truly, there is no force equal to a woman determined to rise from the ashes of a Phoenix. There is nothing more rare and beautiful than a woman unapologetically being herself and comfortable with her imperfections. That, is the true essence of beauty.
Leo Shaili Shah
Project Head of Save The Children India Project
A kind of magic was in the air
Typical, yet equally rare,
Trying to understand, he,
Kept scratching his hair,
Thinking about it, she,
Had already started to care,
This simplest of mystery,
Fuelled thier affair!
He was smart and very intelligent,
While she was caring and benevolent,
The way he walked,
His personality was completely evident,
They way he acted,
he seemed soo diligent,
All of this she thought, was in her element,
She found him interesting,
A person extremely excellent!
Who is he, she always wondered,
Innocent like herself,
Would he like to ever be discovered?
Creating her viewpoint she never feared,
Because he's worth discovering, she never surrendered!
She is so beautiful, why shall she talk to me?
Knowing my flaws will she ever talk to a divorcee?
Pondering on these questions,
He used to always sit under a tree!
The first approach was a bit tough,
She tried so hard but she couldn't bluff,
As her voice was next to negligible,
She held out her hand to be a little reputable,
He shook her hand, to say her hello,
She saw him pursing his lips,
And that is all she needed to know.
The fuel had been fired,
Inside her mind, It is him she wants,
Was all that she now desired,
Their attempt at a hello,
Was all that was required,
In an instance, their hearts had wired!
All the flaws were put to ground,
To a tread named marriage,
They both were happily bound,
Soo much of love, was rarely found,
They lived happily ever after,
Like kings and queens uncrowned!
Leo Kathan Shah
Member Of Leo Club Of Juhu.
Recently, someone asked me 'What are the BENEFITS of joining Leo club?' , 'Will I get a certificate for building my resume?' and 'How much would I get to party?'
These questions forced me to think what is the actual meaning of Leoism! Is it to party all year ? Is it only for a certificate ?
It is much much more that that!
I've been a part of this club only since a year but the journey has been incredible!
LEO stands for Leadership,Experience & Opportunity! Here, I have been given an opportunity to lead service projects and gain experience not once but twice.
The best experience I had was during the one of the service projects wherein we had visited children who were victims of drug addiction !! From listening to their stories to hear them speak about their ambitions,it was amazing! I felt really proud of being a part of such a club which aided that organization who helped those kids recover and educated them! This was only one of the numerous service projects Leo club of Juhu has had!
The things that I have learnt cannot be expressed!
THAT'S THE BENEFIT!
You get to meet new people! You make a lot of friends! You don't realise but you start picking up all good traits from so many amazing people out here which in turn develops you as an individual!
THAT'S THE BENEFIT!
You might have always wanted to help to the underprivileged people but you don't know where to start or maybe due to other reasons you are not able to! Well, this is one such medium where you help those underprivileged people and discover Raw happiness when you see them Smile!
THAT'S THE BENEFIT!
Apart from service projects,there are many fellowship meetings! They might be outbound trips too! A person having a hectic schedule knows the importance of going out , even if its for dinner! Leo club gives you that chance to enjoy yourself & have fun because majority of meetings are held in the weekends! You might think this is the best way to party at a low cost! However, here we have fellowship & not partying! Here's the important thing one needs to understand! It's never been about partying! Its always been fellowship!
Fellowship is a friendly meet where people of a common interest get together and enjoy! The tagline says it all 'UNIFYING PEOPLE , TRANSFORMING LIVES'
Every thing has benefits!
It solely depends on how you see it!
You get to serve the society which has given you so much
THAT'S THE BENEFIT!
So,for all the people who wish to join Leo club just for chilling out or for a certificate to decorate your CV , my suggestion would be Please donot join because by doing so, you are killing the essence of the club which is primarily SERVICE & FELLOWSHIP !
And if you want a detailed guide to Leoism, make sure you read my friend Leo Ruchir Shah's post about Leoism! Noone else could have written better about Leo club than him!
I would like to end by saying that I'm proud to be Leo! Are you?
Leo Naishil Mehta,
Member Of Leo Club Of Juhu.
LEOism encompasses various facets of life. You will not realize how this movement and the things you learn from them will blend into your daily life.
For 3 years it was driving me to be a better individual behind the scenes. I am having a myriad of emotions, both of joy and sadness while I write this.
Here are some things I want to share with you. It’s not an exact guide, it’s a set of tips, shared with an open heart, which will hopefully help you go a long way.
1. You should have a very compelling reason as to WHY are you joining this movement. It’s your responsibility to gather as much information as you can beforehand to make a very conscious decision.
I was always interested in doing social service, for the sake of gaining exposure of the world, knowing the life of the unfortunate, developing empathy.
I believe that the biggest religion is humanity, and this service is my offering to God. This was my primary reason to join the club.
If you just want to join for attending parties, which is great, it’s ultimately your loss because you are losing out on so much more.
2. Never be shy to approach people because this is an amazing platform to network.
You never know how a ‘Hi, how are you?’ or a ‘See you soon’ can create great relationships.
I was initially anxious to speak up, but you have to muster courage and do it. There are others who even might be waiting for you to break the ice. There are certain people who will like you and some won’t, but make your presence
felt in a good way. Be polite and humble.
Ask for help when you have to. The head committee( the micro) will go an extra mile if you are willing to take their help. They are amazing friends and mentors.
3. Leverage your strengths to improve yourself in weaker aspects.
If you are someone who is great at fellowship, use that skill to interact with members and the team to demonstrate your knowledge and gain opportunities to head a service project. Vice versa, if you are good at service, share and receive opinions to create a good interaction. Knowledge is key.
LEO is the acronym for Leadership, Experience, Opportunity. I have adhered to these 3 words throughout my journey, grasping every Opportunity, gaining Experience, tweaking myself every now and then to become an effective leader.
4. I have an acronym for myself which I always followed.
Learn, Envision, Orchestrate.
I have had the opportunity to be part of the Board Of Directors, who formulate the strategy and decide on the plans for execution.
I have learned and observed plenty from every senior, equivalent and junior member, all the events and projects from the club. I have headed some amazing service projects during my time. I always set my eye on some things
I wanted to do, make a clear plan for the same, which requires meticulous preparation and then execute it to perfection.
5. Be an asset, not a liability. Leave your mark.
Shoulder responsibility, do enough work to make yourself credible. Set aside time.
Nobody appreciates your antics, they appreciate your grit, determination, effort and dedication. Whether it’s a service project or a board meeting, your decisions, opinions, commitment matters. You need to take some load off others and help them out. Stand out and be unique, don’t just try to blend in.
As a board member, I worked hard to bring in unique, new projects, solve existing problems and grind for finishing projects. We have stayed up for nights for what not.
I have taken opportunities of anchoring just out of love for public speaking, and I did a decent job. There are certain projects which are my babies and I am known for that.
Being associated with a club like Leo Club Of Juhu, and in general with the Lions movement, fills me with immense pride, and I will sign off with my head held high.
I probably might have missed a couple of points here and there. I am open to any discussion or answering any questions regarding Leoism with whatever slight knowledge I have (Leoism is really deep) in the comments section below.
Leo Ruchir Shah,
Leo Club Of Juhu and Leo District 323 A3.
Every child has an inspiration whom they wish to follow. It can be in any form they imagine. Their inspiration can be their parents, sibling, friend or even someone walking down the street. A human mind is the most creative when it is young and developing. At a later stage it just starts getting matured. Usually in well-to-do families, children think of having a life like their father, friends like their sibling and talent like Sachin tendulkar. But in a little darker side of this world, there are little minds that imagine having food like that kid in a restaurant they passed, owning an apartment they came to work in and going to school like every other kid in the school bus every morning.
Unfortunately not all can afford to talk about their imagination to their parents. All they do is help them in earning money and getting food in the house. No matter how many NGOs and government bodies are formed to help such families, one will always find a kid holding out newspapers at traffic signals. They haven't seen a light of knowledge to cast a shadow over their roofless home. Ignorance does not make human kind, awareness and taking action does.
This is when the youth of Leo Club steps in. Every person knows the importance of growth and wants to see every brain develop to make a life for themselves. We see these children as our friends and we help them as friends, not just for the sake of an N.G.O. We give them only a ray of hope, it is the budding minds that make a light out of the rays.
Leo Krina Mehta
Member of Leo Club Of Juhu.
Leoism teaches you to be a good citizen. Leoism teaches you to be organised. But more over leoism teaches you what teamwork actually means.
Every such organisation or a club has a hierarchy of individuals, given a set of responsibilities. They make sure that the social service oath we all have taken, is fulfilled. In the process of management and execution of projects, the emotion that is in every leo's heart and mind is of eternal happiness and satisfaction. Everybody is grateful and in awe of one another. But what is actually worth watching is how every person is thankful to his team and thinks that his contribution was still less. This gratitude is what makes a person pure and peaceful. Keep up with those amazing words shared by every Leo to one another, that is what makes the experience so special.
Leoism doesn't just teach you what a social service is, it teaches you teamwork and appreciation.
Leo Krina Mehta
Member Of Leo Club of Juhu.
When we do charity work of such serious nature, on such a big scale, which requires constant attention and dedication, it often wears us down, tires us. Amongst those moments of stress, frustration and anxiety, a funny or sarcastic comment, some droll self-mockery, a laughable joke here and there, not only lightens the mood, but revitalizes the entire team. The laughter helps us bond better, because no one remembers sad and dull moments, it’s these moments which are cherished.
Pleasing people is an art, it’s not a joke(some wordplay). You don’t need “needlessly funny” content(yeah, I did it again), to please the audience, you just need to say or do something smart or stupid.
A Tail Twister’s work, apart from being an active member of the Board, requires good amount of imagination, needs the ability to effectively communicate decorous, inoffensive humour, which is as tough as it gets. It takes hours of preparing and practicing the content for a good 10 minute act during the Installation Ceremony, but when you see the smile on the audience’s faces, nothing makes you more proud, tickling their bones, either at your expense, or someone else’s. Seize this opportunity, this is the only platform where you are specially assigned the task to mock and tease.
According to Lions Club International, “THE TAIL TWISTER” – The Tail Twister is an officer and the ‘pep master’ of his Lions Club. His duties are to instill enthusiasm and good fellowship in the meetings, and to keep harmony. He is empowered to impose, as well as collect, fines from the members.
Collecting fines and making fun of something or someone. My oath for being the Tail
Twister is that, “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” Heard that before?
Leo Ruchir Shah,
Leo Club Of Juhu.
And I'll be gone!"
Like a whisper in your ear,
like a passing shower of rain,
I have to let this go,
Cause I don't want to be that pain
Like a thought, happy or sad,
No matter how good or bad,
If i leave i wont be so glad,
But if i don't i'll surely go mad
At the dawn of a new day,
I'll be in a home far away,
As much as i want to stay,
Its better if we're far away.
Time, days and months shall pass,
And only, these memories shall become the past,
Even if you try to think of them,
How long do u think those memories shall last?
To a certain ground we all are bound
But as i used to, i wont be around
From now on, i'll just be a sound
Don't try finding, cause i wont be found
As the wind of time blows away,
There'll be many a things you'd want to say,
But i wont be there in the fray,
And i'll be gone, in the grey.
Leo Kathan Shah
Member of Leo Club of Juhu
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
When I am being told to give a small synopsis about myself, it becomes difficult of what one can think and write off. Especially after spending close to a decade with this beautiful club, which I can also affectionately call my home. I had joined the Leo Movement during the Leoistic Year 2007 – 08 purely for the purpose of learning. My mentors always spoke that when given an opportunity to learn then grab it with both your hands. Hence without thinking twice I took the decision to join Leo Club of Juhu, which happened to be the turning point of my life.
The growth and exposure one gets in this club is a lot more then what they teach you in classrooms. Due to my excessive passion to learn and grow it didn’t take long for me to become the club secretary the following year, then the vice president and finally the president. It is such a big honour to call yourself the President of Leo Club of Juhu that suddenly your understanding of being leader makes you realise of what you actually can achieve. When someone gets an opportunity to lead a large of group enthusiastic young minds, full of energy, then that situation is a lot more better then leading a start up or a company. At your disposal are young ideas, fresh concepts, new thoughts and a lot of helping hands. What you can achieve becomes limitless. Real life skills and live scenarios make it all the more exciting for executing your thoughts and seeing your goals turns into achievements and reality.
A leoistic year consists of twelve months, and it’s a short time for me to even execute my vision but long enough for an entire team to achieve the impossible. When I joined the club our targets were sort of what you would call now “Peanuts” but a herculean task to achieve during those years. But as it has been witnessed during so many years, every year, every team has set a new benchmark for the forthcoming year, which the next team has crossed it and set another benchmark. This is how an organisation rises; this is how we as a club have become one of the best in the whole of Leo Multiple 323. The word “Limitations” does not exist in the dictionary of our club. The word “Stop” doesn’t mean anything. We rise every time, we rise as a team and we rise as Champions. This is what a team teaches you, this is what leadership teaches you, this is what being a leader of Leo Club of Juhu has taught me.
It is obvious that after you finish your education, you shall be working in an organisation. You will be facing real life scenarios, where quick thinking and your decision making skill will be put to test, and this is when your knowledge of your experience at the club is going to help you. It did help me. Today I am comfortable in handling my own business and expand it further all due to the fact that I am not afraid of taking decisions and my experience of being a president at the club has helped me in achieving what one calls a dream.
The most important life lesson I have learnt at the club is to dream, because if you do not dream then you will not have any goals, if you do not have any goals then what are you going to fight for, what are you going to work hard for. Dream, Aspire and Achieve. Do it together as a team, as a family, as a complete organisation. Just do it. This is when success shall come and find you and not the other way round.
This is Leo Hardik N Gada, President 2010 – 11, giving my piece of advice to all out there, if given an opportunity to learn then grab it with both your hands, do not hesitate, do not worry, it is an experience you will be thankful of.
“You either win the toss, or you don’t lose much”
- Leo Hardik Gada
Leo Club of Juhu, though an artificial person, has been nurtured, taken care of & been pampered just as a baby.
Those smitten stories that have taken the course of love, have been born from the womb of the Club.
Just as child derives his surname from his father, we JuLeos not only take pride but reminisce in stating our Home Club “Leo Club of Juhu” with a slight uncontrollable chin up.
Leo Club of Juhu is that mentor, every mentee has ever longed for.
This Club has excelled in playing the role of a baby, mother, father, lover, mentor and a friend. It is not for nothing we claim, Leo Club of Juhu is not just a Club, its an emotion.
Now that we have established what Leo Club of Juhu has built over the years, lets rewind!
27th October 1971, the day our Club was chartered.
It’s been a long way, year on year, team to team, some unleashing potentials, some transcending boundaries, some leaving their positive impact, some transforming lives but all marching collectively towards one common goal – Holding Leo Club of Juhu’s head high!
Leo Club of Juhu derives it strength & ethos from its Parent Club Lions Club of Juhu, being one of the most elite Clubs in the Lions Fraternity. This Club has taught us valuable & lifelong skills worth mastering. One principle that binds us all in this Club is – the fear of being average! This principle that going to get us through life.
So, let's take glory on this day as we've got the pleasure of being a part of a Club that has been second to none.
Happy 45th Birthday to Leo Club of Juhu. Its a legacy; we've got the honour to maintain.
Everything said & done, persistence & commitment of members has made what Leo Club of Juhu is today and Leo Club of Juhu has moulded the members into what they are today. We make LCJ & LCJ makes us! We’re interdependent & inseparable!
- Leo Nirva Botadra
Diwali is the festival of Joy!!!