LC Erasmus president visits Lions Club in Somerville USA

Lions Club members in Somerville, USA  meet LC Erasmus Club President Jochen Rochter.

During a professional stay in Boston (USA) in August this summer, I was invited and took the opportunity to attend a local Lions Club meeting in Somerville. This afforded me the chance to compare their situation with our experience in Luxembourg.

Their welcoming manner to guests reflected a similar openness found in Luxembourg. However the lead-in to the evening highlighted some marked differences. The club flag was mounted in the dining room provided by the local restaurant for regular meetings. Both the club song and the national anthem, of course, were sung and the president of the club spoke a prayer before dinner began.

Our exchange of ideas focussed on club structures and activities as well as fund-raising ideas. These aspects revealed we are in the same boat. As in our club, decreasing membership numbers and attracting new members are an on-going challenge. However, the group present of mostly long-serving members was very committed. Fund-raising ideas that attract public support are also a regular point for reflection. Their idea to organise a kind of special event each month is rather similar to our approach.

Of course, it was obvious we could not avoid exchanging views on current US and EU policies and politics.

This will remain a memorable evening for me and I hope to experience more such contacts when travelling.

Though I was mistakenly represented as President of Lions Luxembourg, it remained an honour to be mentioned in the local newspaper.

Click here to read the newspaper article

Who we are

Who we are

Lions Club Erasmus is the only English-speaking club belonging to the Lions Luxembourg District 113 . We are one of the few clubs that has a mixed membership, i.e. women and men. Although English is our working language, our members are of many different nationalities and backgrounds. It is this diversity and richness which makes our club special.

History of the club

The club was founded in the year 2000 by Leo de Waal, a member of Lions Club Europe, who brought together a small group of people from diverse nationalities, backgrounds and occupations. The same year, Lions Club Erasmus decided on its main project – to fundraise for children’s projects in Luxembourg a

nd abroad.

Taking advantage of the changeover to the euro, it set up its Coins for Kids campaign, where collecting tins were placed with companies and individuals to collect all the old currency coins. These were then sorted manually by the club members and exchanged for euros.

Why Lions Club Erasmus?

The following two Erasmus quotes can stand as a sort of mission statement for Lions Club Erasmus in Luxembourg.

“I am a citizen of the world, known to all and to all a stranger.”

“That you are patriotic will be praised by many and easily forgiven by everyone; but in my opinion it is wiser to treat men and things as though we held this world the common fatherland of all.”

They appeal to us:

  • to transcend borders, both physical and in the mind, in other words, to value openness, tolerance and to accept our common citizenship of the world;

  • to be responsible for others, to serve those weaker and less privileged everywhere;

  • to be mindful and protect our physical environment, since it does not belong to us individually, but to all humanity.

Interested?

If you would like to know more about becoming member, visit our page How to become a member.

More information

If you would like more information about our club and activities, please get in touch with us via our Contact page. We look forward to hearing from you!

What we do

Introduction

The club’s regular meetings are held twice a month.

Fundraising

Our main fundraising activity is through the Coins for Kids compaign.

Support through actions

In addition to fundraising, the Lions Club Erasmus has frequently participated in other charity events such as a charity quiz, supporting the banque alimentaire by eating pizza or organising food collections or decorating shoeboxes to hold Christmas gifts for children in need.

… having fun

While supporting children in need in our key activity, we also like to have fun.  In the past we have organised cultural trips for members, partners and friends, including wine-tasting on the Moselle, a trip to Aachen,  a country walk and a visit to the Chambre des Députés. 

How to become a member

Helping others and meeting new people

Are you interested in helping others and meeting new people? As a Lions Club Erasmus member you will:

  • Use your talents to make an impact locally and around the world

  • Acquire new skills

  • Meet people from different cultures, nationalities and backgrounds

  • Cultivate new friendships

You can volunteer your time to help those in need through fundraising and other activities.

…And have fun while you do it!

Our Lions Club activities can fit your lifestyle

Being a Lion allows you to help change lives locally and abroad.

We are, however, aware how little time most people have because of professional, personal or family commitments. You can commit as much time as you wish and as your schedule allows or as your circumstances change.

Our club lets you volunteer your help to fit your lifestyle, whether you are looking to lend a helping hand or later to pursue a leadership role.

Meetings

Our regular club meetings are twice a month, on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings.

Interested? Find out more

For more information about becoming a member, please get in touch with us by email at contact@lionscluberasmus.lu or use our contact form.