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Melitta J. Cutright

Michelle Blomeke

Hero 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.

Highlights of the convention will include:

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.

Lions 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


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.



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