2010 International Lions Convention Down Under
NC’s very own Lion Sid Scruggs was elected as our 2010-2011
International President at the convention. He is from Vass, North
Carolina, is a retired military and commercial airline pilot and a
graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. President Scruggs’ International
Theme, A Beacon of Hope, will make service to others the focal point of
a wonderful trip - and an experience of a lifetime! Monday, after two
days of sightseeing in Auckland, New Zealand, we flew to Sydney,
Australia, and met up with many of our Lion friends. Tuesday was the big
parade and it was incredible to see over 200 countries represented and
in their native dress. The weather was much cooler than N.C., but we
adjusted and were comfortable marching the one-mile route. What a treat
to represent N.C. and especially Sid Scruggs, the new International
President. Sid and Judy were there to greet and thank us. We were also
treated to an amazing international show featuring some of Australia’s
most talented performers — fabulous. A trip to the zoo was also in our
schedule and we petted and fed kangaroos and koalas and saw other exotic
animals and beautiful birds. The highlight of the trip for us was seeing
Sid installed as our new International President and Gary Steele take
the reins as Governor of District 31-E. We can be very proud to be Lions
and also proud of the leadership in our organization. We look forward to
sharing more about the experience when we do a program.
Zealand and Australia were beautiful and I would definitely go back
again and recommend it to anyone who might be considering the trip.
There was so much to see and do and we packed as much in to the short
time that we had. The convention was very inspiring to me, especially
hearing about all the wonderful things that my fellow Lions are doing
around the world to help those in need. A highlight of the convention,
and a very touching and emotional moment for me personally, was when
they talked about the local program in Australia to help special needs
children by providing them with various types of equipment to help them
with mobility and other types of assistance. Several of these precious
children who had been helped were invited onto the stage. Needless to
say, I got pretty choked up at that sight and the tears started flowing.
It made me even more proud to be part of such a wonderful organization!
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