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International President

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Sid L. Scruggs, of Vass, North Carolina, USA, was elected president of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association's 93rd International Convention, held in Sydney, Australia, June 28-July 2, 2010. President Scruggs is a retired military and commercial airline pilot and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Using as his presidential theme Beacon of Hope, President Scruggs will make service to others – the core principal of Lions clubs around the world – the focal point of his presidency.

A member of the Vass Lions Club, he has held many offices in the association. In addition, he has presented at the USA/Canada and Europa Leadership forums and served as an instructor for the Lions Clubs International Leadership Institute and the District Governors-elect School.

In addition to his Lions activities, President Scruggs is chairperson of the board of directors of the Governor Morehead School for the Blind, a member of the board of the Raleigh Lions Clinic for the Blind, Inc., and a life member of the American Airlines Grey Eagles Association and the Naval Academy Alumni Association.
In 2010 he was elected to the United States Blind Golf Association Hall of Fame. He has also been presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest award given by the State of North Carolina, and an honorary doctorate of humanities from World University.

In recognition of his service to the association, President Scruggs has received the 100% Club President Award, the Governor of Excellence Award, the Key of Nations Award for sponsoring more than 100 Lions members, the International Presidential Award and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association gives to its members. He is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

President Scruggs and his wife, Judy, also a Lion and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, have four children and 16 grandchildren.

First Vice International President

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Wing-Kun Tam, of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), People’s Republic of China, was elected first vice president of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association's 93rd International Convention, held in Sydney, Australia, June 28-July 2, 2010.

Vice President Tam is the chairperson of a group of air transportation companies.

A member of the Mt. Cameron Lions Club since 1981, Vice President Tam has held many offices in the association, including Campaign SightFirst multinational coordinator and OSEAL recording secretary, District Governor-elect Seminar group leader, SightFirst China Action executive chairperson, 2005 International Convention Bidding Committee executive chairperson and honorary Host Committee chairperson. He has served on the international board for ten years and two years on the executive committee.

In addition to his Lion activities, Vice President Tam is active in many professional and community organizations. He is a member and/or chairperson of numerous boards and committees of the Hong Kong SAR Government. He has been the Hong Kong Convention Ambassador since 1995. Prior to the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR, he served as a Hong Kong District Affairs Advisor.

Vice President Tam is the recipient of Her Majesty the Queen’s Badge of Honor, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and the Bronze Bauhinia Star from the Hong Kong SAR Government.

Vice President Tam is a Justice of the Peace in the Hong Kong SAR. He was appointed Honorary Consul of the Republic of Kenya in the Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR of the People’s Republic of China as well as Commissioner for the Kenya Tourist Board – Far East.

In recognition of his service to the association, Vice President Tam has received numerous awards, including the 100% District Governor Award, 21 International President’s Awards, the Campaign SightFirst National/Multi-National Coordinator Award, the International Lion of the Year Award (2003) and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association gives to its members. He is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow and Campaign SightFirst Lead Gift Donor.

Vice President Tam and his late wife, Irene, have three children – Alvin, Tiffany and Andrew.

Second Vice International President



Wing-Kun Tam, of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), People’s
Wayne Madden, of Auburn, Indiana, USA, was elected to serve as second vice president of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association’s 93rd International Convention, held in Sydney, Australia, June 28-July 2, 2010.

Vice President Madden owns an insurance agency. He is an insurance agent and a certified insurance counselor.

A member of the Auburn Lions Club since 1984, Vice President Madden has held many offices within the association, including club president, zone chairperson, region chairperson, state council chairperson and district governor. In addition, he is a past president of the Indiana Lions Foundation. He served as a District Governor-elect Seminar faculty member five times and as Campaign SightFirst II sector coordinator for Multiple District 25.

In recognition of his service to the association, Vice President Madden has received many awards, including the 100% Club President Award, Life Membership in the Association, the Senior Master Key Award, four Extension Awards, an International President’s Leadership Medal, six International President’s Medals and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association bestows upon its members. He is a Charter W.P. Woods Fellow, a Kentucky Colonel, a Duke of Paducah, a Helen Keller Fellow and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

In 2008, he was recognized for his humanitarian service by the governor of Indiana as a Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor the governor can bestow.

In addition to his Lion activities, Vice President Madden is active in numerous professional and community organizations.

Vice President Madden and his wife, Linda, also a Lion and Melvin Jones Fellow, have two daughters and four grandchildren.

 

Past International President

Eberhard J Wirfs
Eberhard J. Wirfs, of Kelkheim am Taunus, Hessen, Germany, was elected president of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association’s 92nd International Convention, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, July 6-10, 2009. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization and the global leader in humanitarian and community service.
Past International President Wirfs, an entrepreneur and retired CEO of his own company, is a pioneer in the marketing of frozen food specialties across Europe.

Past International President Wirfs is an experienced and effective leader with particular strength in membership development and extension and leadership training, and in combining service and fellowship.

A member of the Hofheim am Taunus Lions Club since 1985, Past International President Wirfs has held many offices within the association, including club president, district governor, council chairperson, faculty group leader for the District Governors-elect Seminar, which trains incoming governors, and international director. He served as CEO of the German Lions Foundation, Deutsches Hilfswerk. In addition, he systematically implemented Lions Quest, a mentoring program for young people, in Germany. He is an honorary member of the Kelkheim am Taunus Lions Club.

In recognition of his service to the association, Past International President Wirfs has received numerous awards, including the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association bestows upon its members. He is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow. At the 2010 Lions Clubs International Convention in Sydney, Australia, Past International President Wirfs was presented with the Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

Past International President Wirfs and his wife, Margit, also a Melvin Jones Fellow, have two sons. Oliver and daughter-in-law, Sandra, have one daughter, Hannah-Carlotta. Marcus and daughter-in-law, Pauline, have one son, Anton.

International Presidents Program

Ginkgo
What is a Ginkgo ?
  • Declared as Millennium Tree
  • Symbol of hope and love
  • Bridge between generations
  • Monument of peace
  • Stands for environmental protection
What does a Ginkgo represent ?
  • Heritage
  • Longevity
  • Adaptability
  • Utility
  • Sustainability
  • Global Acceptability
  • Healing
How to plant a Ginkgo ?
A ginkgo sapling has to be planted and nurtured in an appropriate place with good soil, sunshine and water. This involves effort, momentum, action and the NEED TO MOVE.
How can we plant a Ginkgo in LCI ?
By successfully
  • Extending a new Lions Club
  • Inducting a new Lion member
  • Providing service to the community
  • Building international understanding
  • Empowering membership with leadership skills
Why plant a Ginkgo?
To initiate a resource that:
  • Is sustainable and globally acceptable
  • renders enduring community services
  • communicates the message of human existence with a purpose
Who benefits ?
A community resource like a Ginkgo or a Lions club brings momentum for sustainable development.At first locally, and then through the worldwide web.

Move to Grow
Why do we need momentum for sustainable development ?
  • Because life is dynamic, each day a step forward, every tomorrow a better tomorrow.
  • To make a difference - everywhere.
  • If we are static, we are dead.
  • If we don?t stretch, we perish.
  • Life means movement and that is why we need to:
  • Move indicates effort - all out effort to develop and execute a plan
  • Grow indicates expansion and enhancement
  • Move To Grow indicates forward direction
What does it refer to in LCI ?
  • Growth in Social Understanding
  • Growth in Experience
  • Growth in Membership
  • Growth in Leadership
  • Growth in PR and Communication
  • Growth in Service Programs
  • Growth in LCIF
Social Understanding
Initiatives to project the global outlook of LCI
Realizing the dream of worldwide citizenship to take responsibility for the communities in which we live
The contest to be held
  • District wide
  • Multiple district wide
  • Constitutional area wide at the Forums
  • Finals between area winners at the Sydney International Convention
Experience
  • Global perspective and local knowledge together lead to best practices.
  • Acceptance of both local issues and understanding of international structures will strengthen our association.
2nd Vice District Governor position to be implemented from the year 2009-10, leading to:
Better succession planning, more time for preparation before governorship, possibility of delegating responsibilities and duties
Key to Success
A new LEADERSHIP TEAM of District Governor and 2 Vice District Governors working together in true HARMONY and SHARING will bring forth success, achievement and growth.
Expected results
  • Membership growth
  • Increased retention
  • Challenges are identified when they appear
  • Potential is realized where identified
  • Strategic responsibility in manpower
  • Integration of leadership functions by M-E-R-L
Membership
  • The key to success in LCI
  • The primary asset and resource
Encourage induction only of qualified members, who are individuals with achievements in life, ready and willing to share their talent and expertise Successful involvement of qualified members means
Districts to be encouraged to induct
  • significantly more women, spouses and partners in a new membership initiative "We Need You" and
  • young adults in specifically tailored clubs which meet the needs of these individuals
LCI to assist through
  • programs for membership growth
  • Field representatives in some areas
  • District Governor teams to draw detailed plans for membership
  • Projects for growth in special parts of the world- China, Eastern Europe, Africa
GMT to work
  • Interactively before and during the year of performance oriented governorship
  • To monitor membership targets set by the new governor team and to assist in accomplishment
  • With structural reorganization based on actual experiences and observations during this year
Leadership
Leadership means:
  • to meet the needs of the association by empowering our members
  • to support membership drives and service programs
  • to implement training structures within our constitutional areas
  • to continue with E-Learning programs and the various Institutes
  • to draw special training modules for the new governor team (DG and 2 VDG)
  • to develop effective and interactive Lions leadership training programs
  • to integrate and connect MERL structure with membership development process
  • to identify and encourage new leaders
  • communicate - educate - motivate
PR & Communications
  • LCI to encourage each district to have its own website with appropriate identity
  • Separate chat section between Lions and executive officers to be developed on LCI website.
To initiate a global "Lions in Sight" In the second half of January 2010 Lions would be encouraged to move "out of their dens" to tell the world who we are and what we do

Service Programs
  • to extend Lions Quest to over sixty countries worldwide and to develop it as an educational core program of LCI
  • to promote Leo clubs on the background of researched mission statements
  • to promote blindness prevention programs around the globe
LCIF
  • to promote LCIF development in each district
  • to encourage districts to have special training sessions for LCIF coordinators
  • to cultivate individual and group relationships with LCIF donors
  • to extend Melvin Jones Fellowships to considerably more Lions members