News Release


Kristopher Kempski



For Immediate Release




Oak Brook, IL, Oct. 1, 2012 – Members of Lions clubs from around the country will join White House staff and United States government agency officials at the White House in Washington, D.C., Oct. 2 to recognize Lions club members as Champions of Change because of their nearly 100 years of volunteer service in communities around the world.

“We are extremely honored that the White House has chosen to recognize Lions Clubs International as Champions of Change,” said Lions Clubs International President Wayne A. Madden of Auburn, Indiana. “This is a privilege for us and truly an honor for the men and women of our association who serve their communities selflessly and with compassion for those in need.”

This day-long event, co-hosted by the White House and Lions Clubs International, will include an in-depth briefing session on issues pertaining to community service between Lions and key government agency officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Education and others. The day will also include panel discussions with 11 men and women Lions who were selected to represent the 1.35 million Lions members worldwide as Champions of Change.

Lions Clubs International’s Champions of Change are:

Those who are unable to attend the recognition are encouraged to watch the proceedings as they are streamed live on the Internet at

The recorded session will be available to be viewed after the event on the Lions Clubs International YouTube channel at Viewers are encouraged to Tweet about the event using the hashtag #WHLIONS.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs in 207 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at


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