News and Events
Melitta J. Cutright
Pilot and Nobel Peace Prize Winner to Headline Lions Clubs International
Convention in Sydney June 28-July 2
OAK BROOK, Illinois, USA, June 1, 2010 – Chesley B. (Sully)
Sullenberger III, the American pilot who landed a jet plane on the
Hudson River near New York, and Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004
Nobel Peace Prize, will speak to more than 15,000 members of Lions Clubs
International and their families in Sydney, Australia, as part of the
association’s 93rd Lions Clubs International Convention. Convention
events will be held Monday, June 28, through Friday, July 2.
of the convention will include:
- A spectacular Parade of Nations, beginning at 11:00 on Tuesday,
June, 29. An estimated 10,000 Lions from 100 countries, many in native
dress, will march along with floats and 20 bands 1.4 kilometers north on
Macquarie Street from the intersection of College, Prince Albert and
St. Mary roads.
- A keynote address by Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, the pilot
who made an emergency landing on the Hudson River, saving 155 passengers
and crew, at 9:15 on Friday, July 2 in the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
- Presentation of the 2010 Lions Humanitarian Award to Wangari
Maathai, an internationally known environmental, peace, human rights and
democracy activist from Kenya at 9:00 on Thursday, July 1 in the Sydney
Entertainment Centre. In 2004 Maathai became the first African woman to
receive the Nobel Peace Prize. The Lions Humanitarian Award includes a
grant of US$200,000 for continuing humanitarian work.
- Selection of the first winner of the Lions Clubs International
Global Youth Music Competition at 19:30 on Wednesday, June 30 in Bayside
Auditorium B of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. Ten young
people from around the world will compete on the violin.
- A colorful flag ceremony with the flags of Lions nations from around
the world at 11:45 on Wednesday, June 30 in the Sydney Entertainment
- Election of the 2010-2011 Lions Clubs International President, Sid
L. Scruggs III of Vass, North Carolina, USA, on Friday, July 2.
Presiding over the convention will be 2009-2010 International
President Eberhard J. Wirfs of Kelkheim, Germany. President Wirfs has
led the association through the third consecutive year of membership
growth and innovation as well as expanded community service, including
major relief assistance following the Haiti earthquake.
Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization
with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs in 206
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.
Attention media: media passes will be available from
the Convention Operations Office, Exhibit Hall 1 Foyer, Sydney
Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more information about convention
events, visit the Online Convention.