Japanese Lions parade in 2007 at the 90th International Convention in Chicago. Be Part of the Greatest Lions Convention Ever During the early years of Lions, LION Magazine rather breathlessly reported the amazing journeys of some Lions to the international convention: they flew. That’s how long Lions have been around. Flying was not just a novelty but risky as well. Attending convention was very important to Lions, even if it meant climbing aboard a rickety, handmade, propeller-driven contraption. No matter your home, getting to Chicago for the International Convention June 30 to July 4 will be much smoother. And though conventions of yesterday were outstanding and Lions inevitably proclaimed them as “the best ever,” they wouldn’t hold a candle to the upcoming one. That’s because it’s 100 candles on the top of our cake, and our 100th International Convention will be absolutely packed with top-notch entertainment and attractions. We are pulling out all the stops to provide the absolutely greatest convention ever. You also can’t top our convention city. We will gather in Chicago because it’s where Lions started and where we are headquartered. But it’s also a city unique for its stunning lakefront, great architecture and myriad cultural attractions while being lovably unpretentious, working-class proud and perfectly emblematic of America. The one dilemma with convention, especially this one, is so much to do, so little time. Each day brims with fellowship, fun and enrichment. You rub shoulders and often share a lunch or at least a few pleasantries with Lions from more than 120 countries. You can march in downtown Chicago during the festive Parade of Nations, attend worthwhile seminars, vote on the association’s future, enjoy outstanding entertainment and hear inspiring, renowned speakers. If you like being a Lion, you will love being at the convention. Our centennial convention will bridge the gap between two Lions centuries. It will honor the memories of the Lions who have made us what we are today and will lay the groundwork for our next 100 years. I encourage you to be part of this historic event and hope to meet you in Chicago. Chancellor Bob Corlew Lions Clubs International President
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