Recently around 45 South Carolina Lions attended the 98th Lions International Convention. Besides all the traditional tourist destinations, luaus, and beach time, the Convention celebrated the end of “Growing the Pride” theme by IP Joe Preston. A parade kicked off the festivities, with marching units, bands, and floats. This year, South Carolina was Unit #25, so there was time to watch many of the costumed delegations come by at the end of the parade. Our unit was behind Scandinavia and Slovakia and in front of Spain. One evening Lions were entertained by lead singers from Journey and Jefferson Starship, leading up to an exciting performance by Kenny Loggins. A real flashback for music with Lions dancing in the aisles! Three large plenary sessions included Tim Shriver keynoting on Special Olympic, Carolyn Miles (Humanitarian Award winner) speaking for “Save the Children,” and the inspiring international flag procession. The last day’s plenary session included the change of international officers as well as the oath of office for the incoming district governors. Breakout sessions were offered in the afternoon on topics such as Leadership, Membership, LCIF, and Service Activities. Displays, staff resources, and vendors rounded out the convention center space. The new 2015-2016 Lions International President is Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada, a neurosurgeon from Japan. His theme will celebrate “Dignity. Harmony. Humanity.” and his emblem is an origami crane. This Lions year will continue the celebration of The Lions Centennial and the growth of Lions around the world. Let us continue to serve our communities, our state, and the world. “Where there is a need, there is a Lion!”
The Winnsboro Lions Club celebrated its eightieth anniversary with a banquet on Friday evening, May 22, at the White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro. Formed on May 22, 1935, the Winnsboro Lions Club proudly celebrated their heritage of service. The guest international speaker was current International Director Kembra Smith of Atlanta. Lions from across the district and state were on hand to join in a wonderful evening celebrating 80 years of Lions’ service. Lion Ann Carr was presented with an International President’s Certificate of Appreciation. Lion Bill Jordan was awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship. And two new members were inducted by International Director Kembra, strengthening the pride in Winnsboro for years to come!