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Tales from Sun Valley

Where have I been?  Most recently, the MD 39 Lions Convention at Sun Valley!  It was a busy week leading up to the weekend because I tend to procrastinate a bit, or as my sister says, I just work better under pressure. It was worth it, though-it was a great weekend!

My philosophy, as it was with the Midwinter convention, is that convention is what you make of it.  Once again, it was great to see Lions from across the state, to meet new people and to give old friends a hug. 

Conventions always seems to bring 1) lots of awards, 2) lots of speeches, and 3) lots of parties!

First, some of the awards.  As mentioned last week, Boise Special Olympics Lions won the 39W membership contest by adding 8 new members and CC Lion Bob Flowers was the individual who sponsored the most Lions (7) in March and April.  Unfortunately, these awards were mentioned, but not celebrated as much as they should have been.  With our declining numbers, these awards were very important. 

Two new awards were presented this year.  The first Helen Keller Humanitarian Award was presented to Lion Ron Gill and the first Floyd Miller Leadership Award was presented to Lion Curt Kelley.  Congrats to two awesome Lions!

The 39W Lion of the year was presented to Lion Linda Clemenger.  The Small Club of the Year was Star Lions and the Large Club of the year went to Boise Vista Lions.  There were many awards!

Now for the speeches.  The  keynote speaker was 89 year old WWII veteran Roger Guernsey who talked about his 4 close calls and his 3 lessons learned about life.  He was engaging and humorous.  He plans to vote in 2 more presidential elections-I think he will probably do that!   International Director Gary D'Orazio spoke at the banquet.  He got a few laughs and stressed how much we need new members. 

 And the parties...The Friday evening get-together at the golf course was a great way to end the Council and Cabinet meetings and start the convention.  Lions quickly devoured (that's a good word for it) the light hors d' oeuvres and headed to 2nd VDG Elect Ashley's hospitality room.  Saturday night found a large group at DG Elect Pat Brown's hospitality "house".  There may have been other parties I didn't know about, but these three were certainly enough for a lightweight like me.  

OK, it's your turn!  Click the blue comments link and tell what you did in Sun Valley!


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