Leos and Young Lions Facilitate Session at District Governors-Elect Seminar (DGE)

In June, 26 Leos and young Lions will serve as facilitators at District Governors-Elect (DGE) Seminar. This prestigious opportunity is the first time Leos and young Lions will participate and host a session at DGE Seminar.

The session, titled “Our Future: Leos and Young Lions,” will discuss inter-generational relationships in the organization and encourage Lion leaders to discover how young people can act as partners in their clubs. Each selected young person will be matched to a distinguished DGE Seminar Group Leader to prepare to facilitate the session over the next few months. Leos and young Lions bring a fresh perspective to clubs with new ideas and innovation that can challenge and advance our service goals. By understanding the importance and worth of young people, the District Governors-Elect can mentor the clubs in their district and move Lions towards the future.

The Leos and young Lions were selected exclusively because of their individual ideas and accomplishments. The application consisted of an extensive questionnaire that assessed their strengths and experience in leadership as well as their thoughts about bridging gaps and collaborative work in service across generations. The applications were then reviewed internally in a first round by LCI staff with final selection given by 1st VP Gudrun Yngvadottir.

From the competitive process, 26 Leos and young Lions were selected from 18 countries, speaking 14 different languages. Please join us in congratulating the 2018 – 2019 DGE Leo and young Lion facilitators.


Leo/ Young Lion Facilitator Name Country
Bonnie McKenzie Australia
Othmar Fetz Austria
Pieter Hens Belgium
Shahenda Refaat Egypt
Teemu Laitinen Finland
Stephane Miquel France
Aayush Bagla India
Valentina Pilone Italy
Mengzhen Lim Japan
Shehzan Luhar Kenya
Joe Lim Chuan Zhou Malaysia
Ka Kai Fong (Potter) Malaysia
Wong Tze Cheng Malaysia
Marco Guzmán Romero Perú
Wong Cheng Yung Bobby Singapore
Rajitha Abeygunasekara Sri Lanka
Emma Björk Sweden
Juan Manuel Cáceres Uruguay
Jee-Ho Kang USA
Marifel Frances Gabriel USA
Paul Fugate USA
Amanda Silibaziso Moyo Zimbabwe
Liberty Robbie Martinson Zimbabwe
Pritchard Muzanarwo Zimbabwe
Tanyaradzwa Shanitah Nzvengende Zimbabwe
Wilson Tafirenyika Chadzamira Zimbabwe


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