Melitta J. Cutright
BACKGROUND ON 95th LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION IN BUSAN, KOREA JUNE 22-26
Lions Clubs International – Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization, with more than 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs in 207 countries and geographic areas. In addition to its efforts toward conquering blindness, the organization has made a strong commitment to community service and helping youth throughout the world. To learn more about Lions Clubs International, visit www.lionsclubs.org.
Lions Clubs International Convention – In late June, more than 50,000 Lions club members and their families from more than 100 countries will gather in Busan for the Lions Clubs International Convention.
For five days, Lions will conduct association business, share fellowship and enjoy the sights of this international city. The Lions Clubs International Convention is one of the largest annual conventions of its kind in the world.
Impact of Convention in Busan – This is the first time that Lions Clubs International will hold its popular convention in Busan and the second time it will hold a convention in Korea. This will be the largest international event ever held in Busan. Lions usually do more sightseeing, stay longer and bring more family members than most business conventioneers.
Convention Highlights – Among this year’s highlights will be:
Convention Selection – The Lions Clubs International Board of Directors selects convention sites from around the world five years in advance, following an extensive bidding process. During the evaluation, tourist authorities present options for accommodating the convention and the large number of attendees and explain why their cities are attractive destinations.
Lions Clubs International looks for areas with a strong tradition of Lions volunteerism. Local Lions club members demonstrate their commitment by forming a Lions Host Committee. Busan was selected to host the 2012 convention in 2007.
Lions Headquarters – Lions Clubs International staff members, headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, USA handle arrangements for convention events, housing, outside suppliers and exhibitors. Around 100 headquarters staff works at the convention.
Lions Around the World – Lions are men and women who volunteer their time for humanitarian causes. Lions clubs evaluate community needs and choose service projects to meet those needs, including:
Lions Clubs in Korea – Lions clubs have a very strong presence in Korea with more than 2,100 clubs and more than 85,000 Lions members. Local Lions are involved in hands-on service in a variety of areas including protecting the environment, improving health, assisting youth and establishing many other community services.
Host Committee – Lions volunteers from Busan and throughout Korea have spent several years preparing for the convention. They are responsible for hospitality, including staffing welcome centers, arranging welcoming banners, securing local marching bands for the parade and serving as sergeants-at-arms for major events.
Upcoming Lions Clubs International Conventions
Attention media: Media passes for events will be available from the Convention Operations Office, at N 101 BEXCO. All events at BEXCO are closed to the general public. For more information about convention events, visit the Online Convention.