In compliance with Article VI, Section 2 of the International By-Laws, I hereby issue the Official Call for the 2016 International Convention. Our 99th International Convention will be held in Fukuoka, Japan. It begins at 10 o’clock June 24 and ends June 28. The purpose of the convention is to elect a president, a first, second and third vice president and 17 members of the International Board of Directors and to transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting. Fukuoka is a charming, graceful city that marvelously balances the old and new. Fukuoka is the home of the oldest Zen temple in Japan yet it is celebrated for its cuttingedge gourmet food. This city has an abundance of fresh seafood, traditional festivals and the most yatai (street food stalls) in all of Japan. Historically, it is the merging of two cities: the picturesque castle town of Fukuoka and the bustling port city of Hakata. The five days will feature inspiring speakers, worldclass entertainers and native music, dance and food. Lions also will enjoy convention traditions such as the grand parade, the swearing-in of the new international president and three plenary sessions that demonstrate the amazing range and scope of Lions’ service. Kailash Satyarthai of India, a human rights activist and the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner, will give the keynote address. Doctors Without Borders will receive the 2016 Lions Humanitarian Award. Another highlight is the announcement of the Peace Poster and Essay Contest winners. Convention Week is a wonderful, remarkable experience packed with fellowship, fun and learning. The Lions of Japan will embrace visitors with omotenashi, the spirit of hospitality. I strongly encourage Lions to strengthen their commitment to Bring Dignity to Others by joining tens of thousands of your fellow Lions in Fukuoka. Signed by me in Oak Brook, Illinois, United States of America, this 2nd day of May 2016. Warmest regards, Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada Lions Clubs International President
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