2024 Convention

Friday April 12 to Sunday April 14, 2024

At the Best Western Plus located at 15471 Royalton Rd, Strongsville, OH 44136

Convention registration formConvention Delegate form — Convention Schedule page 1 / page 2

Convention Sponsorship form Necrology Report

Candidate letters: 2nd Vice District Governor — 1st Vice District Governor — District Governor

Ohio Lions Pediatric Cancer Foundation

District Policy Manual Changes to be approved at the convention: none

Lions and Leos, some notes for the weekend —

On Friday there is a euchre tournament and a time to socialize in the hospitality room while the cabinet dinner is happening. With your registration will be a game card to get to know other Lions who are attending with a chance to win a prize.

Saturday is complete with a business meeting in the morning, many learning sessions throughout the day on a wide variety of subjects, a chance to purchase Lions attire at Blue Frog, awards at lunch, elections in the afternoon and the grand banquet in the evening to celebrate our district. PIP Joe Preston and his wife Lion Joni will be our honored guests for the weekend. On Sunday we will be holding a necrology service to remember those who have gone ahead and we will conclude in the morning with a passing of the gavel and a glimpse at the future of our district.

Be thinking about who will carry your club banner at lunchtime Saturday for the Parade of Banners and what items your club is bringing for our Silent Auction at the convention. It should be a weekend of fun, fellowship, service, and celebration of all that has happened in our district over the last year. Looking forward to seeing you all in Strongsville.

Marj Pond, Convention Chair

Meet Past International President Joe Preston!

Please come and welcome Past International President Joe Preston to our district!

PIP Joe served as International President in 2014-2015. He is an energetic and creative leader for our association. He is passionate about service and philanthropy, and about the need to build a mindset of service and leadershp in our Leos and youth.

Biography: Joseph “Joe” Preston, of Mesa, Arizona, USA, was elected to serve as president of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association’s 97th international convention held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 4-8, 2014.

Past President Preston is a fleet sales manager.

A member of the Mesa Thunderbird Lions Club, Past International President Preston has been a Lion since 1974. He has held many offices within the association, including club president, zone chairperson, district governor, and council chairperson. In addition, he has served as leadership, Lions Quest and
MERL chairperson for his multiple district. He was also chairperson of the 1994 International Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, and the 2003 USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum in Portland, Oregon; and a national multinational coordinator for Campaign Sight First II where he exceeded his goals.

In recognition of his service to the association, Preston has received numerous awards, including the 100% Club President Award, the 100% District Governor Award, a Key Member Award, a Medal of Merit, 11 International President’s Awards, and an Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor granted by the association to its members. He is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

In addition to his Lion activities, Preston is past president of United Way of Yavapai County and a former board member of the Lions Foundation of Arizona.

Past President Preston and his wife, Joni, also a Lion and Melvin Jones Fellow, have two sons, one daughter, and nine grandchildren.