We are Susanna and Lorenzo De Stefano, two Italian Leo’s from Leo Club Roma Parioli in district 108-L in charge of recovering the old bond between our district end the now multi-district of Belgium.
Some months ago, during the visit of our district president Francesco Perrella to our club we invited our father, Alberto De stefano, who was the first president of our district, to join the visit, and he accepted with pleasure.
During our talk with Francesco, our father suddenly remembered something and returned home: we all thought it was something private but then he came back with a scroll in his hand, it was one of the original copies of a twinning between our district and your multi-district made in 1980.
None remembered this twinning so with our district we decided to try and make it work again
So, we managed to contact your multi-district president, Tine, who proved to be really excited about it; we kept in touch from June to September and the 9/16 we met in Gent.
It was interesting and formative to speak with her and with her friend, Sophie, another Belgian Leo we had the luck to meet that day, we realized we had two different point of views on the service, both valid; so what best chance to learn from each other best ways to fraternally fulfil the purposes of the association we joined.
Ours is one of the biggest districts in Italy and includes Lazio, Umbria and Sardinia, with 32 clubs, not really numerous but very active and willing to serve, this strength helped us to achieve great things both in our territory and outside of it, we took care of the earthquake victims in Amatrice giving them a snow-resistant climatized structure that helped them and the emergency relief during winter.
Outside our territory we are building a multipurpose building in Dakhla, Sahara Desert, but these are just the most important achievements of our district, most of our work is directly in contact with our community
Obviously most of the bonds between Italy and Belgium are lost, but the friendships formed 40 years ago, we can assure, are still solid and handed down to us.
So we'll be happy to welcome you all at our national event that will take place in Rome from 25 to 28 April 2019, and an Italian delegation will be happy to join yours.
Lorenzo and Susanna De Stefano
Posted on 20-11-2018 at 20:11 by Tine