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A Message to A-16 Lions from

District Governor Debbie Dawson


We have kicked off our centennial July 1st with Lions 2020 – 100 years of service in Canada!  We will be having celebrations and there will be opportunities for service projects throughout the year so watch for upcoming announcements.


We witnessed history in Milan when our very own Dr. Patti Hill was elected 3rd Vice President of Lions Clubs International.  The room was electric when the rally stepped off!   It was an incredible experience to have so many different countries join in with us as we marched with 100 Canadian Flags and hundreds of Patti placards in support of our candidate.  It truly was a sea of red!


Congratulations to each and everyone of you who stepped up and answered the call to help with our fundraising efforts for Patti’s campaign.  In true A-16 style we again surpassed our own expectations!


This year we have an exceptional opportunity to increase our membership as we were chosen by LCI to partake in the North American Membership Initiative known as NAMI.  We are one of two districts in Canada to be given this incredible opportunity.   Headed by IPDG JC Lagrange and his team we are hoping to make new initiatives in membership growth that will shape the future of Lions’ recruitment across North America.


Each year the District Governor chooses a project.  With LCIF ‘s Campaign 100 in full swing I felt that we should concentrate our efforts on our own foundation.  100 % of your donations directly supports LCIF global causes.  Campaign 100 aims to empower Lions’ service today and well into the future.


I am asking each and everyone of you to join me by making a donation to our foundation; no donation is too big or too small.  Together we can do it, because together, WE SERVE!


In closing, I would like to say I am truly humbled & honoured to be given your support and encouragement to become your District Governor of such an incredible district with such dedicated Lions.


Yours in service

District Governor (A-16) Lion/Lioness Debbie Dawson



Dr. Jung-Yul Choi of Busan, Republic of Korea, was elected to serve as international president of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 102nd International Convention, held in Milan, Italy, July 5 through July 9, 2019.


A member of the Busan Jae-il Lions Club since 1977, President Choi has held many offices within the association, including club president, cabinet secretary, district governor and international director. He also served numerous times as a DGE Group Leader and served on 11 committees as a member of the International Board of Directors. In addition, he was a chairperson of the 39th OSEAL Forum in 2000 and a host committee chairperson at the 95th Lions International Convention in Busan in 2012, the largest convention ever held in Lions history.


In recognition of his service to the association, President Choi has received numerous awards, including the Humanitarian Partnership; Senior Master Key Award; 100% District Governor Award; multiple International President’s Leadership Awards; multiple International President’s Awards; and an Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association bestows upon its members. He is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.


In addition to his Lion activities, President Choi is chief executive officer of Koala Company, Ltd., an international trading company, and is also a past director of the Busan Sports Association.


President Choi and his wife, Seung-Bok, have one son, four daughters and two granddaughters.


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Updated - Aug 31, 2019