Sofia Leo Club Chartering
Well, the day of the official chartering of the Sofia Leo Club came. After the many hours of coordinating the Leo members, the event contractors and zillion other things, it happened. And it happened very well. All ran smoothly.
The day started with a tree-planting ceremony at the Sofia South Park. We planted three linden trees.
Photo: I’m tying the Sofia Leo Club ribbon on the first planted tree. Source: bulphoto.com
Photo: All the members of the Sofia Leo Club, together with the Lions Zone Chairman Kosta Govedarov and Lions District 130 PR Committee Chair Milena Hlebarova. Source: bulphoto.com
This was in the morning. The real and important ceremony was in the evening. The venue of the event was the Matti’D Hall at the National Palace of Culture. Some 140 people came to the event, including the VIP guest of the event, the Vice-President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Angel Marin.
Photo: Ms. Svetla Toshkova, Head of Vice-President’s Cabinet, Mr. Angel Marin, Vice-President of the Republic of Bulgaria and I. Source: bulphoto.com
Photo: I’m receiving my official Leo certificate and pin from Kiriakos Veresies, Lions Club International Coordinator for the Balkans. Source: bulphoto.com
Photo: The Sofia Leo Club members, chartered. Source: bulphoto.com
The ceremony itself was quite interesting. It might be not very humble to say so, but this was largely thanks to the couple of ideas I came with. One of them was that the chartering ceremony started with a bagpipe suite, whose purpose was to emphasize the Bulgarian character of the Leo club. Also, after we were chartered, in my official remarks to the audience, I pointed out the old proto-Bulgarian legend for khan Kubrat and his sons, and together with the Leo members illustrated this with a ritual handing of sticks and gathering them together, to underline the significance of the unity of our club members’ philosophy to serve the society.
After the official part, the fun part of the event started. This was the charity raffle in the name of the school for blind children „Loius Braille“. Then the party was on.