Dr. Tae-Sup "TS" Lee, of Seoul, Republic of Korea, was elected to serve as president of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association's 86th International Convention held in Denver, Colorado, USA, June 30 - July 4, 2003.
Past President Lee is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), USA, with a doctorate in chemical engineering. He has been the president of several companies in Korea, served four terms as a member of the Korean National Assembly and was his country's Minister of Political Affairs and Minister of Science and Technology. He is currently serving as chairperson of Campaign SightFirst II and as chairperson of the board of the Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences. This institute has under its umbrella the Korea Cancer Center Hospital, the largest cancer treatment hospital in Korea.
A Lion since 1975 and member of the Seoul Sejong Lions Club with 32 years of perfect attendance, Past President Lee has held many positions within the association, including district governor and council chairperson. He served as an international director on the association's board of directors from 1993 to 1995. He also was chairperson of the 32nd OSEAL Forum and co-chairperson of the Host Committee for the 78th International Convention.
Past President Lee has received numerous awards in recognition of his service to the association, including several International President's Awards and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest award the association grants to its members. He is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow and the recipient of Lions Clubs International Foundation's Silver Humanitarian Partner Award.
Past President Lee and his wife, Haing-Ja, also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, have two sons and five grandchildren. Both sons and their spouses are Melvin Jones Fellows.
Lions have raised more than US$415 million since 1990 to support the SightFirst program, which has saved the eyesight of millions of people worldwide.