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2013 Peace Poster

2013 Elena Butzen, Urban Middle School

We’re nearing the end of our travels – for now at least! This weekend, Lions Pride is off to the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton to participate in the annual convention.

The theme for this year’s convention is “It Takes Teamwork.” We’re looking forward to hearing from theme inspirer, District Governor Marv Henke, and his love for horse pulling. We’ll find out how much can be accomplished, at both the club or district level, when we all work together.

Our convention guest will be Kansas native, First Year International Director Bill Phillipi accompanied by his wife, Lion Vicki. Director Phillipi is a self-employed contractor and has been a member of the Marysville Lions Club since 1974. He has held many positions in the organization including club president, secretary, treasurer, district governor, district convention chairperson, council chairperson, multiple district GMT coordinator and multiple district convention chairperson. We know that we all can have a lot to learn from his experience as a Lion.

We’ll also hear wonderful seminars about new topics such as Baby Grayson’s successful bilateral retinoblastoma treatments and the Restoring Hope Transplant House 3-year project as well as old favorites, such as the Leader Dogs, Lions Camp and the ongoing Diabetes Project.

Lastly, we’re excited to see this year’s entries for the Peace Posters. In District B1, clubs sponsor design contests in area middle schools. The winning entries receive a cash prize and go on to compete at the state-level. In the past, students have come up with outstanding posters so it will be interesting to see what 2015 brings.

It doesn’t matter if you attend one convention during the year or all ten events during the course of three months; there is always something new to learn. We look forward to every convention we attend. We personally don’t think there’s better company out there than being surrounded by fellow Lions.

Are you planning on attending the District B1 Convention? What are you most looking forward to seeing?