Melitta J. Cutright
OAK BROOK, IL, USA, July 10, 2009 – Eberhard J. Wirfs, of Kelkheim am Taunus, Hessen, Germany, was elected president of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association’s 92nd International Convention, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA July 6-10, 2009. He is the first German 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 Wirfs, an entrepreneur and retired CEO of his own company, is a pioneer in marketing frozen food specialties across Europe. As president, Wirfs will lead the association that has 1.35 million members in 46,000 clubs in 206 countries and geographic areas around the world. He will also help set the direction for Lions Clubs International Foundation and the foundation’s SightFirst Program, a US$226 million effort to rid the world of preventable and reversible blindness.
President Wirfs is an experienced and effective leader with particular strength in membership development and leadership training, and in combining service and fellowship.
Using as his presidential theme “Move to Grow,” President Wirfs plans to build momentum or movement and “grow” association membership in order to meet the increasing needs for community service around the world.
A member of the Hofheim am Taunus Lions Club since 1985, President Wirfs has held many offices within the association, including club president, district governor and international director. He served as CEO of the German Lions Foundation, “Deutsches Hilfswerk.” In addition, he systematically implemented Lions Quest, a mentoring program for young people, in Germany. He is an honorary member of the Kelkheim am Taunus Lions Club.