The 100th International Convention is set for June 30th to July 4th (2017) in Chicago, IL. On tap is an all-star lineup of entertainers, speakers and a stirring torch ceremony to mark the centennial.
As a convention city–it is hard to top Chicago. Lions will gather in Chicago for the Centennial Convention because it’s where Lions started and where Lions are headquartered. It is also a city unique for its stunning lakefront, great architecture and a myriad of cultural attractions while being lovable unpretentious, working-class proud and perfectly emblematic of America. Each day of the convention will brim with fellowship, fun and enrichment. Participants will rub shoulders and often share a lunch or at least a few pleasantries with Lions from more than 120 countries. It will be possible to march in downtown Chicago during the festive Parade of Nations, attend worthwhile seminars, vote on the association’s future, enjoy outstanding entertainment and hear inspiring, renowned speakers.
Performing at the convention will be the following entertainers: Chicago, the Beach Boys, the Charlie Daniels Band, Patti LaBelle David Archuleta of “American Idol” fame, American English (a Beatles cover band), Anna Fermin, the Blues Brothers Revue, the African Children’s Choir and Edward and Belinda Lee. Former Vice President Al Gore will be the keynoter, Keller Johnson-Thompson, Helen Keller’s great-grandniece, will also speak.
Sports fans will be able to purchase tickets for the White Sox game against the Yankees on Thursday, June 29th. The week together allows Lions to fully appreciate what it means to be a Lion and what our service accomplishes. At this convention, members will learn to understand and celebrate what Lions have achieved over the last 100 years. The International Convention is a capstone experience for Lions!
Material for this article was obtained from the February, 2017, issue of Lion Magazine.