Wayne A. Madden 2013-01-07 21:42:56
A Pinnacle Experience: Attending the Convention If you flip back through old issues of LION Magazine from the 1950s, the articles about the international convention invariably describe them as the “greatest convention ever.” OK, you say, it’s possible the conventions got a little better each year, and the annual enthusiasm was justified. Then in the 1960s you see the same sentiment: “greatest convention ever.” The same goes for stories in subsequent years. I don’t believe this was a case of hyperbole on the part of Lions or the LION acting as a cheerleader. Instead, Lions who attend conventions are so overwhelmed by the experience that they rave about it. This year I fully expect our 96th International Convention to be hailed by attendees as “the greatest ever.” It starts with the host city, Hamburg, a wonderful venue. The historic, beautiful city has an international flair, delicious food and block after block of stunning Old World buildings. It’s postcard Europe, a place entirely unlike a modern U.S. city with charms that took centuries to form. Lions in Germany have been working overtime to make the convention a success. Their admirable efficiency and warm hospitality will ensure that Lions enjoy themselves and get the most they can out of the convention. Conventions are filled with fellowship, fun and enrichment. You rub shoulders and often share a lunch or a few pleasantries from Lions from more than 120 countries. You can march down the streets of Hamburg during the festive Parade of Nations, attend worthwhile seminars, vote on the association’s future, enjoy outstanding entertainment at the plenary sessions and International Show, and hear inspiring, renowned speakers. If you like being a Lion, you will love being at the convention. An international convention is the perfect occasion to celebrate our service and our identity as Lions. The week together allows Lions to fully appreciate what it means to be a Lion and what our service accomplishes. You learn about other club and district projects and make personal connections with international leaders and representatives from headquarters. Lions from around the world will feel at home in Hamburg and then return to their homes with a renewed enthusiasm for serving as a Lion. Linda and I look forward to meeting you in Hamburg. In A World of Service, those who serve the world so magnificently will come together for an unforgettable week that will propel our great association forward with energy and vision.
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