Melitta J. Cutright
For Immediate Release
NEW YORK RESIDENT ELECTED
PRESIDENT OF LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
OAK BROOK, IL, USA, June 27, 2008—Albert F. Brandel of Melville, New York, USA was elected president of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association’s 91st International Convention held June 23-27 in Bangkok, Thailand.
He is a retired police detective. For many years he investigated child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, domestic violence involving children and missing children.
President Brandel will lead the world’s largest international service club organization, which has 1.3 million members in 45,000 clubs in 202 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$202 million effort to rid the world of preventable and reversible blindness.
President Brandel has been active in numerous professional and community organizations. He helped coordinate Lions relief efforts at the World Trade Center following September 11, 2001. He is a former member of the board of directors of the United Nations Association of the USA and has served as a Little League volunteer and a Eucharistic minister.
A member of the West Hempstead Lions Club since 1975 and an associate member of the Melville Lions Club, International President Brandel has held many offices in the association, including club president, district governor and international director. He has also been a presenter and panelist at USA/Canada Lions Leadership forums and a transporter with the Long Island Lions Eye Bank.
Lions clubs are known for their efforts to preserve sight and eradicate blindness, as well as their commitment to community service and helping youth. To learn more about Lions Clubs International, visit www.lionsclubs.org.