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President's Message


2014-15 International PresidentJoseph Preston

An Attractive Invitation: Join Us in Hawaii

Lions Clubs was founded and grew from like-minded individuals coming together to improve society, better their communities and assist those in need. Its appeal proved to be universal. Lions now exist in 210 nations and geographical areas. Lions Clubs taps into a deeply rooted impulse: to serve others. Nowhere is this spirit more evident and more inspiring than at the international convention.

   You certainly can understand and appreciate Lions at your local level. But only by attending an international convention can you realize the scope and range of Lionism.

Lions talk about the day they truly became a Lion: not their induction day but the time they served and understood the impact of their service. There are a whole lot of potential turning points for a Lion at our international convention:

  • the grand parade of nations
  • the stirring flag ceremony
  • the spellbinding speeches at the plenary sessions
  • informative seminars
  • world-class entertainment

Or maybe it happens at a quieter moment on an elevator when you cross paths with a Lion from halfway around the world and realize, despite differences in language, culture and customs, you are much more alike than different.

   The international convention in Honolulu, Hawaii will be a time to reflect and celebrate all of your achievements this year. We will celebrate your successes in service impact, membership growth and leadership development and your improvements in the efficiencies and effectiveness of your club operations. It will be our baseline in kicking off next year and the next phase of our centennial celebration.

  Please set aside a week in June to enjoy the charms and magic of Hawaii while soaking up the wonders of Lionism. Our greatest, most spectacular coming together is once a year at convention. Joni and I hope to see you there this year. We know it will be an experience you'll treasure for the rest of your life.


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