Barry J. Palmer 2014-05-13 12:49:42
In compliance with Article VI, Section 2 of the International By-Laws, I hereby issue the Official Call for the 2014 International Convention. Our 97th International Convention will be held in Toronto, Canada. It begins at 10 a.m. July 4 and ends July 8. The purpose of the convention is to elect a president, first vice president, second vice president and 17 members of the International Board of Directors and to transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting. The fourth-largest city in North America, Toronto takes a back seat to no city. It offers a bustling urban core, incredible ethnic diversity and innumerable cultural attractions, restaurants and shopping venues. Its cosmopolitan makeup, contemporary setting and innate vibrancy especially make it an ideal setting for our international gathering. Convention Week is a splendid, unforgettable experience packed with fellowship, fun and learning. Lions will enjoy many longstanding traditions such as the stirring flag ceremony, the festive international parade and the lively, multicultural international show. The memorable plenary sessions include a keynote speech by entertainer Olivia Newton- John, a talk by Ruchira Gupta, the presentation of the 2014 Humanitarian Award to David Foster and the installation of the 2014-2015 international president and district governors. The Lions of Canada will warmly welcome their visitors and ensure that this convention is absolutely outstanding in every regard. This year I have encouraged Lions worldwide to Follow Your Dream, and our convention in Toronto will bea showcase of the power and reality of dreams. I strongly encourage you to be a part of this special Lions event. Signed by me at Oak Brook, Illinois, United States of America, this 19th day of May 2014. Warmest regards, Barry J. Palmer Your Lions Clubs International President
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