OAK BROOK, IL, USA, July 9, 2013 – Barry J. Palmer of Berowra, NSW, Australia, was elected president of Lions Clubs International at the association's 96th International Convention, held in Hamburg, Germany and is the first Australian citizen to be elected international president of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service club organization and the global leader in humanitarian and community service. President Palmer is a retired real estate company director and is active in many government and community organizations.
President Palmer will lead the 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs in 207 countries and geographic areas around the globe. He will also help set the direction for Lions Clubs International Foundation and the foundation’s SightFirst Program to rid the world of preventable and reversible blindness.
A member of the Hornsby Lions Club since1976, President Palmer has held many offices within the association including club president, multiple district LCIF chairperson, coordinating lion and host committee chairperson for the 2010 Lions Clubs International Convention in Sydney, Australia.
In recognition of his service to the association, he has received many awards, including the Friend of Humanity Award, Life Membership in the Association and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association bestows upon its members. He is also a recipient of the Australian Medal issued by the Australian Government for his services to the community, particularly in the area of disadvantaged children, the Australian Childhood Cancer Research Award and the Spastic Centre of NSW Award. The Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation created the Barry J. Palmer Recognition Award in his honor due to his involvement with the Hart Walker Program in Australia. He was a Pioneer Volunteer at the Sydney Olympics and a member of the New South Wales Paralympic Committee. He is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.
Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Our 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs are serving communities in 207 countries and geographical areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit www.lionsclubs.org.