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King City Lions attend international convention in July

Seawttle is site for 94th annual event
by: Mary Thibert LIONS ON PARADE – As part of the 94th annual Lions Clubs International Convention in July, members participated in a parade, carrying flags of different countries; and Bill Gerkin (at rear) carries the flag of Greece.

King City Lions Club President Scott Stierle, Treasurer Mary Thibert and Membership Chairman Bill Gerkin were among 15,000 delegates who attended the 94th Lions Clubs International Convention in Seattle, Wash., July 2 to 8.

Representatives from more than 100 countries and geographic areas around the world attended the convention.

Mary Thibert arrived one day early to witness her daughter, Ann Thibert, being inducted as a new charter member of the Hospitality Lions Club of Seattle by the International President Sid L. Scuggs III.

Ann Thibert was one of 43 new members inducted into the new club, which has a goal of reaching 100 members by the charter night celebration Aug. 27.

Convention highlights included a spectacular Parade of Nations featuring 10,000 Lions from around the world, many in native dress who marched along with floats and marching bands.

Each member from Oregon Lions District MD-36 carried a flag from more than 200 countries around the world. Attendees also heard a keynote speech from former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Convention delegates attended workshops, learned about important issues facing communities globally, elected international officers, voted on constitutional amendments and set the future direction of Lions Clubs International.

King City Lions Club members make an impact in their community through services such as supplying eyeglasses, hearing aids and convalescent equipment to those in need; supporting three food banks; supplying flags for first-grade children at three schools; and supporting camperships for the visually impaired, hearing impaired and diabetic children.

The local Lions also serve as bell ringers for the Salvation Army; work on the Donate-A-Meal fundraiser for Loaves and Fishes and Meals-On-Wheels programs; provide the Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit for free health screening; and provide 17 to 21 $1,000 college scholarships annually to Tigard and Tualatin high school seniors.

The major fundraising project to support these and many other projects since 1968 has been recycling newspapers.

The King City Lions Club has 68 members and meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month at noon at the Home Town Buffett, 13500 S.W. Pacific Highway, Tigard.

Lions clubs are made up of men and women who identify needs within their communities and work to fulfill those needs.

For more information or to get involved with the King City Lions, please contact Membership Chairman Bill Gerkin at 503-332-4550 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with 1.35 million members in more than 45,000 clubs in 206 countries and geographic areas around the world. Since 1917 Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.

Lions Clubs are among the first responders to natural disasters throughout the world both financially and service. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at www.lionsclubs.org.