In our August issue, you’ll learn about our new International President, our fourth straight year of membership increase, highlights of our 2011 international convention in Seattle and more. Read on for the latest Lions Clubs International news and information.
During our 2011 International Convention, Lions elected Wing-Kun Tam as our 2011-2012 International President. Tam is a Lion from Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), The People’s Republic of China. He is also the chairperson of a world-wide group of air transportation companies – and the first person from China to serve as international president of the world’s largest service club organization. Read blog.
We’re pleased to report that Lions Clubs International has experienced our fourth straight year of membership increase. While many volunteer organizations continue to see a decline in members, 2010-11 marks the first time in nearly 20 years that the world's largest service club organization has recorded four straight years of membership increase. Growth in both women and family members are key factors driving the increase. Read news release.
Last month, more than 15,000 of our members gathered in Seattle, Washington, USA to attend our 94th International Convention. And we’ve rounded up the top stories from this year’s event on the Lions Clubs International blog. Visit our blog to see event highlights, including the spectacular Parade of Nations, Keynote Speaker Condoleezza Rice, winners of the Global Youth Music Competition and a compilation of video highlights filmed onsite in Seattle.
As the focal point of his Presidential Theme, I Believe, President Tam asks Lions to believe in the value of giving back – and that one person truly can make a difference. To celebrate the unique gifts we all contribute in our quest to serve others, Lions have the chance to take part in four special Global Service Action Campaigns throughout the year. Learn what you can do during August to engage and mobilize youth in your community.
Does your club have a desire to learn more about service, club operation and related topics? You may wish to consider participating in a four-step, facilitator-led Club Excellence Process (CEP) Workshop. We encourage you to preview the CEP and then talk with your club about participating. If your club is interested in having a CEP Workshop, contact your zone chair, district governor or GMT area leader to learn more.