Imagine a week in a beautiful, friendly city filled with entertainment, talks and gatherings of great interest to Lions. It’s not imaginary at all. It’s the 93rd international convention in Sydney, Australia, June 28-July 2. Sydney is considered one of the world’s “dream destinations,” a place with a distinct culture and sights, customs and cuisine not found anywhere else. Even better, the “Lions Precinct” at the convention is located smack-dab in the city’s top tourist area. A variety of superb restaurants, shops and sites are at hand or nearby. During the convention the area will buzz with more activity than usual. Throngs of Sydneysiders will flock there at night to watch the World Cup live on gigantic screens on barges in the harbor. The convention will be full of inspiring moments, epitomized by the keynote speaker: Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who safely landed a jet in the Hudson River in New York. Each day of the convention is packed with activity. On tap are an official welcome to Australia from Aborigines, the grand parade, the presentation of the Humanitarian Award, music-themed plenary sessions, inspiring addresses by the current international president and new president, nominations for second vice president and international directors, the first-ever Global Music contest and the lavish Gingko Awards banquet. The complimentary events make the convention a real bargain. These include the Global Youth Music contest, brimming with world-class talent, and the always entertaining International Show. Lions can meet old friends, make new ones from around the world and truly appreciate what it means to be a Lion. Lions attending the international convention invariably return home with memories that last a lifetime and renewed pride in being a Lion. Early registration is May 1 (see form on page 41). More information is available at www.lionsclubs.org. But here is a summary of the tours and seminars of the 93rd international convention. Variety of Tours Lions Clubs International has partnered with arinex (architects of inspiring experiences) to offer all Lions and guests a variety of specially priced escorted local tours to enjoy during the 2010 convention in Sydney. Both day and evening tours, ranging from a few hours to all day in length, are available. Avoid having your favorite tour sell out by reserving your space today using the secure online link. Search International Convention Tours from the LCI home page to find the booking link and detailed tour descriptions. A Lions Tour Desk will also be available in the lobby of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre (SCEC) during convention week. To design a custom local tour for your group, e-mail: email@example.com. Day Tours Introducing Sydney Explore the vibrancy and style of cosmopolitan Sydney, one of the world's most beautiful harbour cities. Discover colonial buildings and cobbled lanes in The Rocks. Enjoy views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House from Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, a waterfront seat carved into the rock for the wife of visionary colonial governor, Lachlan Macquarie. See Sydney's fashionable eastern suburbs, renowned for their elegant homes and harbour vistas, on the way to world-famous Bondi Beach, a haven for surfers and sun lovers. Sydney Harbour Coffee Cruise A shuttle bus from the SCEC will take you near Sydney's centrally located Circular Quay to board the Captain Cook Main and Middle Harbour Coffee Cruise that departs daily at both 10 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Onboard, take in all the splendid Harbour attractions including the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Fort Denison. This award-winning cruise also explores the upper reaches of Middle Harbour with its natural parklands, inner harbour beaches, marinas and waterfront homes. This discounted LCI tour package includes a light morning or afternoon tea and live English-speaking commentary. Golf Outing If you have a passion for golfing then you won’t want to miss your chance to hit the links at The Lakes Golf Club, one of Sydney's most prestigious private golf clubs. Established in 1928, The Lakes has the Australian Open and Australian PGA. The final nine holes bordering the Botany Aquifer and wetlands area makes a round of golf at The Lakes a memorable experience. Australian Wildlife Discovery Walk through a spacious, open koala enclosure and discover why the cuddly koala is a unique and beloved native Australian animal. The name is an Aboriginal word meaning “no water,” referring to the koala's ability to meet its moisture requirements from a diet of gum leaves. Meet other native animals including emus, wallabies, wombats and echidnas. Aboriginal Insights & Botanic Gardens Experience the world's oldest living culture on a guided walking tour of the Gardens where the original inhabitants of Sydney gathered plants, seeds and roots for food and medicine. With an Aboriginal education officer, discover how Aborigines produced a honey drink from the Banksia, roasted seeds from the Moreton Bay Chestnut and made fishing line from the bark of the Bolwarra tree. Discover the Sydney Opera House Designed by controversial Danish architect Jøern Utzon, the Opera House is an icon of Australia not just for its unique design and spectacular setting but also for the world-class program of opera, ballet, contemporary dance, theatre and classical music. The Colonial Quarter Walking Tour Journey back to the 19th century when The Rocks was Sydney's colorful commercial and maritime quarter. This tour includes leisure time at The Rocks to enjoy this historic precinct’s shops and restaurants. The tour covers about 1.2 miles at a relaxed and easy pace with consideration given to any participant's special needs. BridgeClimb Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is an exhilarating experience. Rendezvous at the BridgeClimb office for a safety briefing and prepare for your adventure. Accompanied by an experienced leader, your small team will cross the catwalk to the pylon and walk up to the summit of the Bridge's upper arch–425 feet above sea level. Harnessed to a static line for the duration of the climb, be treated to spectacular 360-degree views across one of the greatest harbours in the world. BridgeClimb covers a distance of 1.08 miles on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Anyone older than 10 who can sustain moderate physical exertion should find the climb a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Blue Mountains Tour A two-hour drive from the city, the Blue Mountains offers spectacular scenery. This majestic World Heritage area includes sandstone cliffs, gorges and valleys of eucalyptus trees. Discover the Aboriginal legend of the Three Sisters, giant sandstone rock formations in the Jamison Valley. Descend the world's steepest railway on a thrilling ride via rock tunnels to the fern-filled forest on the valley floor. After lunch explore the quaint village of Leura, home to charming antique shops and boutiques. This discounted LCI fullday tour package includes lunch with one glass of wine, beer or soft drink and entry into Scenic World. Hunter Valley Wine Tour A two-hour drive from the city, picturesque Hunter Valley is Australia's premier wine region. Tour a large established winery and a smaller boutique vineyard with experts who explain the winemaking process from vine to bottle. Savor award-winning Hunter classics including Chardonnay, Semillon and Shiraz varieties. Enjoy a delicious lunch, stroll through sun-kissed vineyards and learn why Hunter Valley wines are receiving worldwide acclaim on this very relaxing full-day tour. The tour includes lunch with one glass of wine and wine tastings. Australian Bush & Beaches Discover where Sydneysiders escape to when they need to recharge their batteries. North of the harbour you'll find miles of golden beaches, untamed bushland and the beauty of the Hawkesbury River. After cruising the river aboard a local ferry, the group will enjoy a relaxing lunch in idyllic surrounds. Travel through Ku-ring-gai National Park and along the coastal road with sweeping vistas of Sydney's best surf beaches. On route back to the city, stop at the vibrant beach resort of Manly and enjoy dramatic views from North Head of the harbour entrance and city skyline. The tour includes a public ferry ride on the Pittwater and lunch with one glass of wine. Evening Tours Lions Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise No visit to this vibrant city is complete without a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour. This evening promises stunning views of the harbour aboard one of Sydney's finest vessels. Enjoy a spectacular night of contemporary Australian cuisine against the glittering backdrop of Sydney by night. This three-hour dinner cruise tour includes a two-course Australian buffet dinner and a three-hour beverage package including beer, wine and soft drinks. A Night at Sydney Opera House The deliciously sophisticated A Little Night Music is set in Sweden at the end of the 19th century. Australia's own Sigrid Thornton, as Desirée Armfeldt, sings the show's biggest hit, Send in the Clowns. The song is the dramatic turning point of a musical that mixes action, words and music in equal parts. Premium A and B Reserve tickets will be assigned. Independent Touring Sydney Attractions Pass Great for families or anyone wanting to see the best Sydney has to offer, this pass include entry to Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife World and Sydney Tower and OzTrek, an amazing virtual reality ride across Australia. See more than 11,500 Australian aquatic animals at the Sydney Aquarium, visit Australia's wildest new attraction Sydney Wildlife World to view Australia's unique and bizarre flora and fauna and enjoy some of Sydney's best views from Sydney Tower, the tallest building in Sydney. This pass is designed for the independent traveler so transport is not provided. Pre- and Post-Convention Tours There is so much to see and do in Australia and the surrounding area. The travel experts at Goway Travel, Pacific Holidays and arinex have designed some great specially priced pre- and post-convention tours. • Explore key Australian destinations like the Great Barrier Reef, the famous Outback, beautiful Tasmania, sophisticated Melbourne and the western gateway city of Perth. Travel options by air, train or caravan. • See New Zealand’s amazing landscape that includes volcanoes, mountains, lakes, beaches, bubbling mud pools and geysers. • Travel to the South Pacific Islands of Fiji. Enjoy their famous welcoming hospitality while relaxing at this beautiful island paradise. For additional information, search International Convention Tours from the LCI home page and scroll down to the Pre- and Post- Convention Tours links. Seminars, Other Events MONDAY, JUNE 28 – THURSDAY, JULY 1 Lions Clubs International Foundation Booth Be sure to stop by to learn more about LCIF’s initiatives and how the foundation can help your club or district further its humanitarian service goals. Staff members will be on hand to answer questions about donating to LCIF and the grant application process as well. Publications, forms and DVDs will be available. 6th Annual Lions Environmental Photo Contest View photos of exotic birds, breathtaking landscapes and flowers in bloom. Vote for your favorite photo in each category. Purchase a ($5) 2011 photo contest calendar or enter the photo silent auction that benefits LCIF. MONDAY, JUNE 28 4th Annual Global Leo Conference, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Leos can meet other Leos from around the world, participate in skill-building workshop and hear from Lion leaders. For more information, visit the Leo Zone at www.lionsclubs.org. Or call the Youth Programs Department at International Headquarters at (630) 571-5466. TUESDAY, JUNE 29 Membership Key Award Ice Cream Social, 2-4 p.m. Have you earned a Membership Key Award in your Lions career? Celebrate your efforts at this special ticketed event. Purchase your $25 tickets when registering for the convention. You may also purchase tickets onsite at the registration desk in Sydney. Diabetes Camps Workshop: Lions Make a Difference, 3:30-5 p.m. Enhance your knowledge about diabetes camps and learn how your club or district can get involved with service activities for children and adults living with diabetes. Professionals and experienced Lions will lead this interactive session. 10th Annual Lions Performance Festival, 3:30-5 p.m. Bring your cameras to this memorable convention highlight. Talented Lions from around the globe will present musical and dance performances. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30 Melvin Jones Fellow Luncheon (ticketed event), 1-3 p.m. All Melvin Jones Fellows and Progressive Melvin Jones Fellows are invited to this annual recognition luncheon event, chaired by Chairperson Al Brandel. The LCIF video will be shown and awards will Be presented to 100 percent MJF clubs and Humanitarian Partners. Lions Bringing Help & Hope to Children, 1:30-3 p.m. Learn how your club or district can make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children and adolescents through hands-on service projects. This interactive session will feature enthusiastic Lions sharing their experiences in organizing successful projects for children in need. Learn more about the new Lions Children First Program. The Club Excellence Process (CEP), 1:30-3 p.m. Is there something your club would like to improve on in 2010-2011? Would you like to serve your community in a better way, make club meetings more interesting or more effectively promote your club’s good works to the community? You can—come to the Club Excellence Process (CEP) Seminar to learn how. Ibero-American Seminar, 1:30-3 p.m. Learn more about implementing LCI programs and improving the functioning of districts and clubs in Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries. Discuss opportunities and challenges for Lions in the Ibero-American region with current international directors from the area. 2010 Zone Chairperson Training, 1:30 -3 p.m. Your role as zone chairperson is key to maintaining healthy clubs. Learn about your responsibilities as zone chairperson and get the resources to help you lead with confidence and purpose. Be a key member of your successful district team and help your team earn the District Team Excellence Award. Council Chairperson Seminar, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Complete your preparation for a successful year as council chairperson. Learn about the 2010-2011 international theme, goals and priorities. Discuss elements of successful teamwork and potential leadership challenges. Share ideas about maximizing your positive impact as the key leader of your multiple district. Membership and Activity Reporting on the Web, 3:30-5 p.m. Learn tips on using the Web to submit monthly membership and activity reports, run reports and access valuable information for a club and district. We'll also unveil the new activity report, which will be coming to a Web site near you in July 2010. Celebrating 25 Years of Lions Quest, 3:30-5 p.m. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Lions Quest Program and learn how to implement or expand the program in the local schools. The seminar will be led by a panel of Lions Quest Lions leaders. The Extension Workshop Experience: A Focus on Forming Traditional, Special Interest and Campus Clubs, 3:30-5 p.m. Learn key strategies on how to form new clubs in your district, whether it is a traditional, special interest or Campus Lions Club. This seminar will focus on how to determine a location, choose a club type, recruit and set up the first and second meeting. Certified Guiding Lion Program, 3:30 – 5 p.m. Guiding Lions are vital part of new club development. This session will explain the special training that gives guiding Lions a better understanding of their role and the ability to develop a step-by-step plan to assist the new club as well as the tools available to help the new officers manage their club. Get Involved in Lions Global Missions, 3:30-5 p.m. Lions optical, healthcare and other missions have a strong impact on communities throughout the world. If you want to get involved with Lions missions or learn more about this rewarding service opportunity, don’t miss this outstanding seminar. Professionals and experienced Lions will share best practices, mission guidelines, the mission team experience and more. Leo Club Adviser Training, 3:30-5 p.m. Whether you’ve been a Leo club adviser for years or are newly appointed, join us for an interactive session including tips, best practices and networking opportunities. THURSDAY, JULY 1 The Lions Mentoring Program, 1-3 p.m. Do you want to be a mentor to someone in your club? Would you like to prepare for club level, district level or higher level leadership? Come to the revised Lions Mentoring Program Seminar to learn how. Your Service Projects Can Attract New Members, 1-3 p.m. Hands-on, high-visibility projects and activities such as Lions ALERT, Lions Green Team, Lions Crew at Work, Lions Strides Walk for Diabetes Awareness, Lions Recycle For Sight and involvement with Leo clubs can motivate your members and increase membership. Experienced Lions will share their successes with these popular service programs. E-Clubhouse – Create a Free Web Site for Your Club, 1-3 p.m. Create a new professional, functional Web site or update your existing site by using the template and tools offered through the Eclubhouse program. The E-clubhouse template features message boards, a club calendar, photo gallery and additional customizable pages. And it’s free! Move to Grow Membership and New Clubs, 1-3 p.m. (Presented in Chinese, French, Korean and Spanish/Portuguese) Learn about the extension and membership programs available to increase and retain membership within a club or district. Youth Camp & Exchange Chairpersons Forum, 1:30-3 p.m. Youth Camp and Exchange chairpersons will discuss the program and share practical information to promote successful camps and exchanges. THE LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Plot your course for the LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE as we celebrate sailing, one of Sydney's favorite activities. This fast-paced, interactive session invites participants to share ideas, challenges and successes with fellow Lions. An all-star crew of Lions leaders will facilitate four rounds of lively discussion focused on various leadership skills. Lions Insurance Programs, 1:30- 3:30 p.m. Discuss protection available to Lions by the LCI Global General Liability Insurance Program as well as additional insurance coverage available to Lions in Australia. Lions Clubs International-Special Olympics Opening Eyes Screening, 1:30-5 p.m. Celebrate the 10th year of this successful partnership program by witnessing the LCI Special Olympics Opening Eyes program in action. Special Olympics athletes will be screened during this demonstration event and information will be provided on to get involved with this program. LCIF Chairperson Al Brandel will formally launch the screening. LCIF Reception, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Donors who contribute US$1,000 to become a Melvin Jones Fellows and next level of Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow during the convention will be presented with pins by LCIF Chairperson Al Brandel. 5th Annual Convention Strides Walk, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Join us for this popular annual event to raise awareness about diabetes and promote a healthy, low-impact activity. Gather friends and family for an enjoyable walk through the Convention Center. Cross the finish line and receive a free “We Stride” lapel pin. The walk begins after the Your Service Projects Can Attract New Members seminar. Roundtable for Building Family-Friendly Clubs and Women Lions, 3:30-4:30 p.m. This roundtable seminar will not only teach and encourage Lions to reach out to families and women for new membership but participants also will have the opportunity to share their own ideas, successes and challenges. Lions Clubs International Foundation Update, 3:30-5 p.m. This seminar targeted at LCIF Coordinators will provide an update on LCIF’s development plan and programs and initiatives of the Foundation. Leo Club Program Advisory Panel Town Hall, 3:30-5 p.m. Leos and Lions can talk with members of the board-approved Leo Club Program Advisory Panel about the Leo Club Program. Past International Presidents/Past International Directors Seminar, 3:30-5 p.m. 6th Annual Lions Environmental Photo Contest Ceremony, 4-4:30 p.m. Gather at the photo contest display to hear the winners of the 2009-2010 Lions Environmental Photo Contest. All photos can be purchased through a silent auction for a minimum bid of $25. All proceeds will benefit LCIF. Photo Contest Calendars can also be purchased for $5. Especially Noteworthy International Show, 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, June 29 This lively rollicking show will celebrate Australia through film, dance and music. Popular local performers will revel in Australian culture and display its vibrancy and originality. The show will include a film montage, a dance troupe and an upbeat sing-along. Global Youth Music Competition, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 30 Finalists in the Lions Clubs International Global Youth Music Competition will perform at a concert open to convention registrants. The young musicians worldwide will individually perform on violins. A qualified panel of jurors will select first place ($10,000 prize), second place ($7,000) and third place ($3,000). The winners will be announced at the end of the concert. Ginkgo Awards Banquet, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 1 International President Wirfs’ theme, Move to Grow, means that all things need momentum in order to progress. The adaptable ginkgo tree represents this idea and symbolizes hope and peace. Join in recognizing your fellow Lions who have planted the necessary seeds for our future. This is a ticketed event.
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