Lions Clubs International holds its annual convention in Busan,Korea

By Sultan Jessa

mhintzmanatlciMembers 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.

Lions Clubs March in the National Memorial Day Parade

Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 01, 2011

More than 100 Lions Club members marched down Constitution Avenue with their purple banners held high for the National Memorial Day Parade, despite the ongoing heat wave and advisory. Hydration was key with refreshing Pepsi products, generously donated by the local bottler.

SiriusXM radio host, Joe “The Black Eagle” Madison and Lions Clubs Past International President Clement “Clem” Kusiak rode the float “Saluting our Military – Beacons of Hope” with a dozen Lions military veterans who had served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. They were joined by fellow Lions from Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware carrying their club banners.

“It was a scorcher but worth every step,” said Lions District Governor Sandi Halterman. “We must remember those brave soldiers who have endured many more hardships in order for us to live in the great country we have here today.”

This is the third year Lions Clubs have participated in the parade. In past years, over 200 Lions from Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia have marched in the National Memorial Day Parade.

Lion veterans will be wearing sashes in recognition of their years of service. These Lions have proved themselves heroes on the battlegrounds, in the air, on the sea, and they continue to serve their communities today.

Madison is the host of the weekday morning coast-to-coast show on Sirius/XM Channel 128 “The Power” every Monday – Friday, 6am to 10am ET and WOL-AM in Washington DC. He is recognized as a human and civil rights activist, abolitionist against slavery in Africa, television commentator, columnist and lecturer.

Kusiak, of Linthicum, MD, is the permanent parade marshal of the Lion Delegation of the National Memorial Day Parade. He is the founder of the Kusiak Lions Youth Foundation that empowers young people to help themselves and others through activities supported by local Lions Clubs and their communities. Kusiak is the highest-ranking member of the regional international family of Lions in the national capital area.

The 2011 National Memorial Day Parade included a very special tribute to the fallen of September 11, as we approach the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Its focus was on the sacrifices of the Special Operations community, who is leading the fight in the current operations in Afghanistan. Other themes touched on included the Centennial of Naval Aviation, the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, and the 20th anniversary of the Gulf War.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Lions are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs.

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

Lions Clubs International Recognizes Peace Prize Poster Winner

Raj Phairembam, an 11-year-old boy from Manipur, India, will be recognized today at Lions Day with the United Nations in New York City for winning this year’s grand prize in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest.

“We live in different continents but our feelings are the same. We want to be where there is peace. We don’t want to be where there is violence and war,” said Phairembam. “We want a kingdom of peace where love prevails and where we can enjoy the freedom to play fearlessly with our friends – be it an American, an African, a European, an Australian or an Asian.”

An estimated 350,000 children, ages 11 to 13 in 70 countries around the world, participated in this year’s contest. His poster was chosen for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of this year’s contest theme, “Vision of Peace.” Lions created the Peace Poster Contest to foster a spirit of peace and international understanding in young people worldwide.

Lions Clubs International President Sid L. Scruggs III said, “I commend Raj and all these young people for sharing their personal visions of peace with the world around them. They are truly beacons of hope for us all.”

At the event today, Phairembam will receive an award and $5,000.

In addition to the grand prizewinner, 23 merit award winners have been announced. This year’s merit winners are from Argentina, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Malta, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, New Zealand, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, the United States (California, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Virginia) and Uruguay. The merit winners will each receive $500 and a certificate of achievement.