Leaders from the 290 Lions Clubs all across Kansas will convene in Great Bend August 6-8, 2010, for their annual Fall meeting of the State Council of Governors.   The Highland Hotel will serve as the Convention Center where the Lions leaders will be hosted by District Governor Kerry Hookstra and the area Lions Clubs of Great Bend Noon, Ellinwood, Claflin, Great Bend Evening, St. John, and Pawnee Rock.

    A principal order of business will be the assembly of the State Council of Governors for the first of their required meetings during the year to establish policy that will guide the 7,000 Kansas Lions in community service to their hometown communities.  The meeting will be conducted by State Council Chairman Bill Phillipi of Marysville.  District Governors include Kerry Hookstra of 17-L; Marilyn Sorenson of 17-I; Michele Hufferd of 17-O; Tom Smarsh of 17-N, and Tonja Wienck of 17-S.   

    All three of the Kansas Lions Foundations will conduct their quarterly meetings in Great Bend.  It is also anticipated that many of the State Committees that are  designated to serve the special needs of Youth Activities, Sight Conservation, Diabetes, Lions Band Camp, Environmental Conservation, Public Relations and  Membership will also meet during the Saturday sessions.

    The International Association of Lions Clubs is the largest community service organization on the planet with 1.35 million members in 45,638 clubs in 206 countries of the world.