By Sultan Jessa
Members of Lions Clubs International including those from Cornwall, Eastern Ontario and Ottawa area will be heading to South Korea for an important event. This event is the 95th annual convention in Busan, Korea of Lions Clubs International. During the recent visit to Korea, I heard a lot about preparations being made in Korea to welcome Lions from around the world.
This year is going to be a big year for Korea. The World Expo 2012 is also being held in Korea. The international convention is the Lions Clubs International’s premier event for all worldwide members. This convention will begin on June 22 and continue until June 26, 1012.
“Spanning five full days, we have planned for a great and memorable event in a fabulous location,” a member of the Lions Club in Busan said. “This convention will bring together Lions from all over the world to celebrate, fellowship and to learn new fundraising ideas.”
Busan is a port city with its endless emerald sea. It is a paradise for seafood lovers and an exciting destination where visitors can enjoy the vibrant Korean culture all in one spot. Among top attractions in Busan are the marine sports beach of Haeundae, the movie district centered near Busan’s International Film Festival Square, the 1300 year old Buddhist temple Beomeosa, and brilliant night views from the Diamond Bridge.
There are many mineral spas located inside Busan Shinsegae Centum City, the world’s largest department store. Visitors will be able to view and experience traditional Korean wedding ceremonies or the making of kimchi, a well-loved Korean fermented cabbage dish.
Joseph L. Wroblewski, the past international president and chair of the convention, said the international convention offers a once-a-year opportunity to gather together to discuss the important topics of the day that will shape the future of their association as they forge new friendships along the way. “I warmly invite each of you to the 95th Lions Clubs International Convention in Korea’s cultural capital of Busan and look forward to seeing you there,” Wroblewski said.