Barry J. Palmer is the first Australian elected to hold the position of International Lions Clubs President. Barry, of Berowra, NSW, was elected President of Lions Clubs International this week at the 96th International Lions Convention in Hamburg Germany.
Barry is the first Australian to hold the position of President of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service club organisation and the global leader in humanitarian and community service.
As a retired real estate company director who is active in many government and community organisation, Barry will lead the 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs in 207 countries and geographic areas around the globe.
He will also oversee Lions Clubs International Foundation’s SightFirst Program to rid the world of preventable and reversible blindness.
“We are first and foremost a humanitarian organisation – members join because they want to help improve their community at a local, national or global level, says Barry. As a network of nearly 1.4 million members around the world, and because we all wear the badge, we have an instant connection to each other.
“We are in the business of making humanitarian dreams a reality. When you explore our organisation, you can see thousands of examples of how everyday Lions recognise a problem then work with others to find a solution. I’m a part of this organisation because I want our members to follow their dreams for a better world.”
Since joining Hornsby Lions Club in 1976, Barry Palmer has held many offices within Lions, including Club President, Multiple District LCIF (Lions Club International Foundation) chairperson, and Coordinating Lion and Host Chairperson for the 2010 Lions Clubs International Convention in Sydney. His many awards include the Friend of Humanity Award, Life Membership in the Association and the Ambassador of Good Will Award. He is also a recipient of the Australian Medal (AM) for services to the community, particularly in the area of disadvantaged children, the Australian Childhood Cancer Research Award and the Spastic Centre of NSW Award.
The Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation (ALCMF) created the Barry J. Palmer Recognition Award to honour his involvement with the Hart Walker Program in Australia. He was a Pioneer Volunteer at the Sydney Olympics, a member of the New South Wales Paralympic Committee and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.
Barry’s theme as President of Lions Clubs International is “Follow Your Dream”.
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For more information about International President Barry Palmer
- Like his Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/LCIBarryPalmer,
- Follow on Twitter @LionIFVPPalmer
- Watch the video “Follow your Dream” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4ORmhaMcrw
- Watch the video of Barry’s Bio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV5Ntv-ahgo
- Or browse to his page on the Lions Clubs International website
Diane Michael – Media & PR Officer, Lions Australia
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Rob Oerlemans – EO, Lions Australia
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Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Our 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs are serving communities in 207 countries and geographical areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened local communities through hands on service and humanitarian projects. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit http://lionsclubs.org
For more information about Lions Australia, you can go to https://lionsclubs.org.au