District Governor Jean-Claude (J.C.) Lagrange

International President Gudrun Yngvadottir

A message to A-16 Lions from

District Governor Jean-Claude (J.C.) Lagrange


Let me take a moment to thank all the Lions of District A-16 who have supported and encouraged me in my journey to become District Governor of what is the best district in the Lions family!


We have a busy but exciting year ahead of us. 2018-2019 will be the first full Lions year of our second century of service and it will be remembered for several changes and new initiatives:


  • the leadership of our first female International President, Lion Gudrun Yngvadottir,
  • the New Voices initiative that will highlight and encourage the leadership of women Lions,
  • the launch of a new Lions Clubs International website and the importance of the MyLion app,
  • the introduction of LCIF’s Campaign 100 with the goal of raising $300 million by July 2021.


We also continue the hard work of change and renewal with LCI forward, and our GAT teams.


This year we will have the unique opportunity to elect Lion Dr. Patti Hill to the position of 3rd Vice President of Lions Clubs International. This would set the stage for the first Canadian woman to become our International President and it will be 35 years since the last Canadian held that office. What an opportunity and honour to once again see Canada shine at the heart of Lionism!


With all these initiatives and projects, it is easy to imagine that we have no time or energy left to do service, enjoy fellowship and grow our membership. But those are exactly the things that will energize us! And we are District A-16…we rise to our challenges.


This is what I humbly ask of my fellow Lions:


  1. Pay attention to Club Fellowship! Do social activities as a Club. Hike, play darts, bowl, have BBQs, picnics, go to the movies, etc. Create opportunities for your members to become friends and know each other. People don’t become friends at meetings and we are too busy when doing Service. Consider assigning a Social Activities Chairperson to get things organized and then… join in! Friends are less likely to be uncivil towards each other; at meetings and elsewhere. When others see your Club members having fun in public they may be more likely to consider membership. Finally, Lions that are close friends are less likely to resign from their Club.
  2. Focus on Service. District A-16 does this well. My challenge to all clubs is to have a service activity in each of our Service Global Causes by the end of the Lions year. Hunger. Environment. Childhood Cancers. Vision. Diabetes. 25 Service ideas for each Global Cause!
  3. Always wear your Membership Pin. At convention I challenged members to proudly wear your Lions pins outside of Club meetings and Service Activities. Let those around you ask what it means, always be ready with your elevator speech about Lions, and invite them to your next Service Activity. Let your membership pin be the spark to the conversations that brings new Lions into your Club. Your recruitment pitch will always sound better if you are proudly wearing your Membership pin.


Thank you for your support during my Lions journey; thank you for inspiring me with your Service; thank you for your friendship; thank you for being Lions.


Lion Jean-Claude “JC” Lagrange

District Governor 2018-2019

Picture of District Governor Jean-Claude Lagrange
Image of 2018-19 International President Gudrun Yugvadottir

2018-19 International President

Gudrun Yngvadottir


Gudrun Yngvadottir, from Gardabaer, Iceland, was elected to serve as international president of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 101st International Convention, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, June 29 through July 3, 2018.


International President Yngvadottir is a biomedical scientist and has worked in research, education and management. Since 1990 she has worked at the University of Iceland as Vice Director at the Institute of Continuing Education.


A member of the Gardabaejar Eik Lions Club since 1992, President Yngvadottir has held many offices within the association, including district governor council chairperson. She has dedicated her service to children and youth, membership and leadership development, health and wellness, including vision and diabetes, environmental projects and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF).


President Yngvadottir served as international director 2010-2012 on the Leadership Committee, as chairperson the second year; 2011-2013 on the Women’s Task Force; 2012-2013 she was a board appointee on the District and Club Service Committee; and 2013-2014 on LCIF Governance Ad Hoc Committee.


In recognition of her service, she has received numerous awards including the Kjarans Medal, the highest award of Icelandic Lions; the Lions Crystal, the highest award of Norwegian Lions; several Membership and Extension Awards; eleven International President’s Awards; and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest Lions Clubs International award. She is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.


In addition to her Lions activities, President Yngvadottir is active in numerous professional and community organizations, including the Icelandic Association of Biomedical Scientists and has been its representative for cooperation between Scandinavian and European scientists.


President Yngvadottir and her husband, Dr. Jon Bjarni Thorsteinsson, a past international director and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, have one son, one daughter and six grandchildren.




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Updated - Aug 3, 2018