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Pa. woman visits Australia with Lions Club, is named district governor

August 15, 2010
  • Joanne Williams
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Joann Williams, of Chambersburg, Pa., a member of the Greencastle Lions Club and Buchanan Lioness Club, recently attended the 93rd Lions Clubs International Convention in Sydney, Australia.

Williams was one of 15,000 Lions who participated in the meeting that drew representatives from 100 countries and geographic areas around the world.

Convention highlights included a spectacular Parade of Nations, featuring 10,000 Lions, many in native dress, who marched along with floats and 25 marching bands.

Attendees also heard a keynote address from airline pilot Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III, who famously saved 155 passengers by landing a US Airways plane on the Hudson River in 2009.

The association also honored Noble Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, an internationally known activist from Kenya and founder of the Green Belt Movement.

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While there, Williams was installed as District Governor of 14-T, which is comprised of 49 Lions Clubs, five Lioness Clubs, and 10 Leo Clubs in Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, and Perry counties.

Locally, Lion members make an impact in the community through service, such as providing vision and hearing screenings, providing diabetes education and research, recycling eyeglasses, supporting local community organizations.

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with 1.35 million members in 45,000 clubs in 206 countries. 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.

For more information and to find a Lions Club near you, go to http://www.lionsclubs.org

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