As of press time, there were eight candidates for International Second Vice President. The election will take place June 26 at the 95th International Convention in Busan, Korea. HARRI ALA-KULJU Past International Director Harri Ala-Kulju joined the Espoo Kesku Lions Club in Finland in 1997. An insurance director, he has held many offices within the association including club president, cabinet secretary, zone chairman, region chairman, district governor, vice council chairman, council chairman and leader of the Lions extension team in Finland. He has received numerous awards including the 100% Club President’s Award, several District Governor’s Appreciation Awards, the 100% District Governor’s Award, several International President’s Certificates of Appreciation, eight International President’s Awards and the Ambassador of Goodwill award. PHIL NATHAN Past International Director Phil Nathan of Earls Colne, England, served as an international director from 1999-2001. He has been a Lion since 1982 and a charter member of the South Woodham Ferrers Lions Club since 1989. A stockbroker and director of a company, Nathan served as Europa Forum president in 2006, holds trustee status on eight different boards of charitable trusts and is active in many professional, civic and community organizations. In 2001, he was recognized by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with an MBE, a Member of the British Empire. STEVEN SHERER Past International Director Steven Sherer, of New Philadelphia, Ohio, is a licensed public accountant and has been a member of the Dover Lions Club since 1980. A Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, he has attended 19 international conventions and 13 USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forums. He is a GMT area coordinator and the recipient of several international awards including the Ambassador of Goodwill Award and International Leadership Awards. He was honored with a Distinguished Citizens Award in his community and is active in many professional and community organizations. SALIM MOUSSAN Past International Director Salim Moussan, of Beirut, Lebanon, was elected to serve on the International Board of Directors at the association’s 80th International Convention held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1997. The owner of a trading company, he is involved in many professional and community organizations. He is a two-time board appointee and a two-time group leader at international conventions. He has attended 24 international conventions and more than 100 forums and regional conferences. He served as chairman of the 23rd ISAAME Forum. He is the founder of the Lions Eye Center in Lebanon. G. RAMASWAMY Past International Director G. Ramaswamy of Coimbatore, India, joined the Annur Town Lions Club in 1985 as a charter president. Serving as an international director from 1996 to 1998, he has been recognized for sponsoring more than 900 new members into Lions clubs. He also spurred membership growth from 30,000 to 105,000 in Multiple District 324. He served as an appointee to the International Board of Directors from 1999 to 2000, 2005 to 2006 and 2006 to 2007. Ramaswamy is an industrialist and the recipient of numerous professional, civic and community awards. JOE PRESTON Past International Director Joe Preston of Dewey, Arizona, joined the Mesa Host Lions Club in 1974 and now belongs to the Bradshaw Mountain Lions Club. A fleet sales manager for a Ford dealership, he has served as a Lion in numerous capacities including council chair, district governor, zone chair and MERL chair. He also chaired the 1994 International Convention in Phoenix and the 2003 USA/Canada Forum in Portland. He has received the Ambassador of Goodwill Award and other honors. FRANCISCO FABRÍCO DE OLIVEIRA NETO Past International Director Francisco Fabríco De Oliveira Neto Joined the Catolé do Rocha Lions Club in Brazil in 1985. An entrepreneur and business administrator, he has served as a Lion as district governor, council chair, district LCIF chair, SightFirst committee chair and in other capacities. He has received numerous awards including six International President’s Certificates of Appreciation, the Paradigm Medal, Leadership Medal and two President’s Medals. GIOVANNI RIGONE Past International Director Giovanni Rigone joined the Pavia Host Lions Club in Italy in 1969. The owner of an engineering firm, he has held many positions within the association including club president, district governor, council chairperson and GLT area leader. He was president of the Europa Forum in 1992. He has received many Lions awards including 21 International President’s Awards and the Ambassador of Goodwill Award.
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