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USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum, September 24-26, 2009

Wow! I don’t even know how to condense all my USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum adventures, new friends, and cool things into a single post! But, I’ll give it a try!

Welcome to the Forum!

Welcome to the Forum!

The Lions of Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Missouri hosted almost 2,800 Lions from the U.S. and Canada in Memphis from September 24-26, 2009.

Hop over to visit the USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum web site to learn more, see photos and seminar material from 2009 and plans for 2010!

With LCI President Eberhard Wirfs

With LCI President Eberhard Wirfs

I had the opportunity to meet our current Lions Clubs International President Eberhard Wirfs from Germany.

He was generous to let me have a picture taken, and he even asked for a copy of it for HIS web site.

I’ll have to be on the look-out for that!

Of course, you cannot be in Memphis without thinking about Elvis!

I missed the Elvis Tribute artist concert on Friday evening.

But, you can be sure Elvis had NOT left the building. . . though some were more realistic than others!

I met and had my picture taken with lots and lots of great Lions!

With Elvis?

With Elvis?

Elvis Again!

Elvis Again!

I wish I had room to show them all here.

But they are included in my photo album or the slide show below, so be sure to check those out!

There is one Lion friend that I want to be sure to introduce to you. . .

Leo is from Multiple District 7 (Arkansas).

Leo and Lion Paws

Leo and Lion Paws

We both had a great time mingling and “working the crowd”.

But amazingly, we didn’t have a chance to meet each other until Saturday evening!

Hopefully, our paths will cross again in the future!

There was also a presentation and booth for next year’s Forum, which will be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

I visited the Lions working the Milwaukee pre-registration booth, and you’ll never believe what they had there!

On a Harley to Milwaukee in 2010!

On a Harley to Milwaukee in 2010!

A Harley Davidson motorcycle!

I still am not sure how I “sweet-talked” my way onto the bike. . . without actually talking!

I guess it helps to have friends in high places :-)

Hopefully, next year’s host committee can use some of the photos, too!

I almost forgot to mention the trolleys!

On the Trolley

On the Trolley

I wasn’t ready to tackle Beale Street, but I was able to hop on the trolley that took you along Main Street from the Convention Center to Beale Street. Lots of Lions used the trolleys this week!

Gosh, I feel like I’m leaving so many details out. The best I can say is “Next year, you gotta be there!”

Congratulations to the 2009 Forum Planning and Host Committees for a terrific event!

Don’t forget to check out my photo album of USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum activities or enjoy the slide show of all the photos below.

Keeping Roaring!

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