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The countdown is on! It’s hard to believe, but the International Convention is only hoursChicago 100th away. The 100th Anniversary stopwatch started its count at 365 days but has now made its way down to one.

This year, more than 20,000 Lions from 120 countries will come together to celebrate the club’s 100th Anniversary. It should come as no surprise that the celebration would take place in Chicago, the birthplace of Lions.

The International Convention is the ideal location for Lions to network, learn and serve. The excitement begins tomorrow, June 30, at 9 am with self-guided visits to the exhibitor hall and convention services, followed by seminars and the DGE Celebration Banquet.

Attendees will be up and at ‘em on Saturday for the International Parade. Later that afternoon, convention visitors will have the option of participating in the business session and viewing the International Show, featuring “The Beach Boys”!

Sunday will fill up with the opening plenary session, certification and voting as well as afternoon seminars.

Monday will begin with the second plenary session, followed by the Melvin Jones Luncheon. Seminars will again be held that afternoon, and none other than legendary “Chicago” will close the house down.

The International Convention will wrap up on Tuesday with the final plenary session, which will include the installation of the new International President and District Officers, honoring the Humanitarian Award recipient and the UN Flag Ceremony. See the entire list of events here.

Since the convention ends on July 4, visitors have a rare opportunity to celebrate Independence Day in one of America’s greatest cities. And you’ll be glad to know that McCormick Place is less than five miles away from the Navy Pier, where the hottest fireplace display takes place. Keep in mind; however, that there may be a 100,000-person capacity, but seating does fill up hours before the 9:30 pm show.

We’re looking forward to another great convention, filled with education, fun and celebration. We’re excited to see what the next 100 years bring.

From all of us at Lions Pride, we’d like to wish safe travels to all of our convention-attending friends. See you in Chicago!

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