Lion-hearted No matter the nationality, age or gender, Lions share a deep desire to serve. We asked Lions from several parts of the world to share their story of service. Dean Žigon stands at the old town square in Koper that includes a university where the club meets. Behind him is the 15th-century Loggia, the only preserved Gothic town hall in Slovenia. The Loggia’s popular café is where Žigon was asked to become a Lion. “If the café could talk, we would hear many stories of what makes Koper special,” he says. Dean Žigon Club: Ankaran Istra Lions Club in Koper, Slovenia. Joined in 2009. Bio: Married, 40, with two children, Ela, 10, and Jan, 8. Works in sales department and heads a union at TELEKOM, the national telecommunication company. Lives a few miles from Italy in historic, scenic Koper, which borders the Adriatic. The city’s 12th-century Cathedral of the Assumption has one of the oldest bells in Slovenia. Why a Lion? Even before I became a Lion I was living the philosophy of Lions. I started a Christmas gifts project be-fore I joined Lions. Every Christmas there is an obsession in the air, people looking for the right gift. People who I care about don’t need a new cap for their teapot or new socks. I went to a social center to find families in need. I got four letters to Santa and went to a store and bought gifts ac-28 LION DECEMBER 2012 cording to their modest wishes. I was able to make their parents proud on Christmas morning and make my kids understand what Christmas is really about. Lions’ activities: Every December I collect letters to Santa from socially disadvantaged kids and every club member gets one or two. What else? The Lions Olivetum–our Lions olive grove [done with other Lions clubs]. We planted the first olive grove in Slovenia. Profits from the sale of the olive oil will be for charity. We are planning a similar project: renting a salt field and making our own salt. Fitting in: All the members were happy with the Christmas project. That was a key factor in making me feel accepted by other members. They quickly became my good friends. … Only members that know each other well are able to join together in good service. Working with each other is the best way to make a stable and powerful organization.