Local Lions Club members attend international convention
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Newly installed District Governor Scott Dudley has his "elect ribbon" pulled by his parents, PDGs Judy and Ed Dudley at the recent Lions Clubs International Convention signifying that he is now District Governor of Lions District 14 U which is made up of the Lions, Lioness and Leo Clubs in Schuylkill, Carbon, Monroe and Pike Counties.
Three members of the West Penn Township Lions Club recently attended the 94th Lions Clubs International Convention in Seattle, Washington.
Scott, Judy and Ed Dudley were three of 15,000 Lions who participated in the meeting that drew representatives from more than 100 countries and geographic areas around the world.
According to Scott Dudley, "The Convention was very meaningful to me as I attended District Governor Elect training seminars and was installed as District Governor of District 14 U on the last day of the convention. In addition, I am the first District Governor in Pennsylvania whose parents are both Past District Governors."
Convention highlights included a Parade of Nations featuring 10,000 Lions from around the world, many in native dress, who marched along with floats and marching bands.
Attendees also heard a keynote address 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 helped set the future direction for Lions Clubs International.
District Governor Dudley has also served the District as first vice district governor, zone chairperson, and on several committees.
He served as local club president twice and has received the International Leadership Award, the International President's Certificate of Appreciation and is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.
"It was exciting to meet so many people from countries around the world. I am looking forward to future conventions so I can reconnect with my new international friends," Dudley said.
Locally, West Penn Lions Club members make an impact in the community through service such as providing eyeglasses for the needy, providing Christmas food baskets, hosting the Halloween Parade and Easter Egg Hunt and cleaning Route 309.
Proceeds from past fund-raising events have gone to West Penn Fire Co. # 1, Penn Mahoning Ambulance, Salvation Army, United Way and other local charities.
The club is currently preparing for Senior Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 6.
The West Penn Lions Club has 42 members and meets on the first and third Wednesday each month at the West Penn Community Park during August and September and at the West Penn Annex the rest of the year.
Lions Clubs are groups of men and women who identify needs within their communities and work together to fulfill those needs.
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.