There is no better way to see a new city than on foot, so my day starts with a very early stroll out to Haendae Beach where our Governors-elect are staying, and return. This beachside town has its own appeal, although not in the Australian way, with lots of activity including fishing, swimming and many walkers even this early in the morning. Everywhere in this part of Busan, and much of Korea, you are ringed by the green mountains that surround the townships.
The bus trip to the Busan Lotte Hotel for the Leo Lion Summit is slow and the few passengers express considerable admiration for the Korean bus drivers who navigate these behemoths through crowded and chaotic streets. I chat to Bradd from Niagra Falls, Canada and a few New Zealand Lions who are attending the summit.
The first summit is opened by International President Tam, and First Vice President Madden, and our own 2nd Vice President Barry Palmer are in attendance. The room is full of Leos from around the world, and I recognise especially loud cheers during the flag ceremony when the flags of Australia, Malaysia, USA, Japan and of course, our hosts the Republic of Korea, are mentioned. (The MD202 Leo Chairperson gives a sterling abbreviated Haka when the time came!)
The First Leo Lion Summit covers the contribution and importance of Leo’s to our Association, and of course, the importance of supporting Leo’s to become full members of the Association in due course. LCI screens the brand new Leo promotional video – Leos Leading for Life. Its available on I-Tunes from the LCI Channel here http://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/lions-videos/id259895546 , or on Youtube here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0esT85S5LKQ&feature=player_detailpage
The highight for me was hearing from our own Leo Lion Tom Porter who gave the keynote address over lunch. Tom aquitted himself with an engaging, relevant and well presented address about his experience as a Leo who joined as a Lion, and his reasons for doing so. Congratulations Tom; you brought credit to our Multiple District.
MD201 has a great story to tell about Leos. Many Lions and Leos, past and present, have invested energy, creativity and time in building clubs around our country. Leos aren’t just the Lions of tomorrow, they deliver great community service today, and it was wonderful to see them recognised at the Summit in Busan.
Tomorrow; the Downunder Breakfast and Parade of Nations.