Lions Clubs International officially launched their Centennial celebration July 8th, 2014 at the International Convention in Toronto. While acknowledging the past history of a century of service by the largest organization of it’s kind in the world, the Lion are taking steps to enter the second hundred years by celebrating and embarking upon an unprecedented goal of excellence.

The Centennial Celebration will be highlighted around the Centennial Service Challenge. The service challenge is an ambitious call to action for Lions around the world to serve 100 million people from now until June 30th, 2018. Our centennial celebration will focus on three main points:

  • Honoring Our Past
  • Highlighting Our Present
  • Planning For Our Future

The Lions have a vibrant past, built around founder Melvin Jones’ famous quote, “You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else.” It was upon that principle that our motto “We Serve” emerged. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Our organization has grown from humble beginnings and continued to grow and evolve to meet the needs of communities around the world. Today, we are the world’s largest service club organization, perhaps even surpassing the vision of our founder. With Melvin Jones’ vision in mind, our Centennial celebration slogan is “Where There’s a Need, There’s a Lion.” This is as true today as it was in 1917.

Back in 1917, the very first Lions Convention was held in Dallas, Texas. In 2017, Texas Lions, and many outside the state, will gather in Dallas again for a memorable look at our Past, highlighting the Present and setting our sights on higher goals.

The Centennial celebration is designed to engage every Lions member, every Lions club, in every country and geographic area. This site will continue to expand as elements of our Centennial plan begin to unfold.

Honorable Guests include

Gudrun Bjort Yngvadottir, Iceland 1st Vice President Lions Clubs International

Gudrun Bjort Yngvadottir, from Gardabaer, Iceland, was elected to serve as first vice president of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 100th International Convention, held in Chicago, Illinois, USA, June 30 through July 4, 2017.

Vice President Yngvadottir is vice director of the Institute of Continuing Education at the University of Iceland.

A member of the Gardabaejar Eik Lions Club since 1992, she has held many offices within the association, including club president, leadership chair, Leo chair, Lions Quest chair, treasurer, vice district governor, district governor, multiple district LCIF coordinator, secretary and leadership development chair and coordinator for the Lions Leadership Institute in Iceland. She also served as a faculty member and presented at numerous Lions Leadership Institutes, Faculty Development Institutes and international conventions.

In recognition of her service to the association, she has received numerous awards including the 100{ea78abf6aefd82840c95631a2bee340185ca19eac03bdbe4a6b22bf7d31f458b} Club President Award, an Extension Award, the Governor’s Extension Award, the Founder’s Membership Growth, District Governor Award, eight International President’s Certificates of Appreciation, an International President’s Leadership Award, seven International President’s Awards and an Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association bestows upon its members. She is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

Vice President Yngvadottir and her husband, Dr. Jon Bjarni Thorsteinsson, a past international director and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, have one son, one daughter and five grandchildren.


Sid Scruggs, North Carolina
Past International President
Lions Clubs International

Sid L. Scruggs III, of Vass, North Carolina, USA, was elected president of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association’s 93rd International Convention, held in Sydney, Australia, June 28-July 2, 2010. Past President Scruggs is a retired military and commercial airline pilot and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Using as his presidential theme A Beacon of Hope, Past President Scruggs made service to others – the core principle of Lions clubs around the world – the focal point of his presidency.

A member of the Vass Lions Club, he has held many offices in the association. In addition, he has presented at the USA/Canada and Europa Leadership forums and served as an instructor for the Lions Clubs International Leadership Institute and the District Governors-elect School.
In addition to his Lions activities, Past President Scruggs served many years as chairperson of the board of directors of the North Carolina Governor Morehead School for the Blind. He is also a life member of the American Airlines Grey Eagles Association and the Naval Academy Alumni Association.
He has been presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest award given by the State of North Carolina, by the Governor of North Carolina. He is a member of the North Carolina Lions Hall of Fame and in 2010 he was elected to the United States Blind Golf Association Hall of Fame. He has received an honorary doctorate of humanities from World University.

In recognition of his service to the association, Past President Scruggs has received numerous awards including the Key of Nations Award for sponsoring more than 100 Lions members, and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association gives to its members. He is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

Steve Picket, Journalist KTVT TV, CBS 11 News (Emcee, Friday evening events at Hyatt Regency)

Steve Pickett leads a team of broadcast journalists for KTVT Television, CBS 11 News Dallas/Fort Worth. For the past 21 years, Steve has provided thorough news coverage for the CBS owned and operated station. Steve is the recipient of two coveted Emmy Awards, presented by the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. His reports on the Iraq War and the Haiti Earthquake garnered the recognition. Steve has also been recognized for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, winning the Dallas Press Club’s Breaking News Award.

His professional career spans three decades, including news reporting stints in Portland (OR), Fresno (CA) Oklahoma City (OK) and Wichita Falls (TX).  He may be best noted for his distinctive storytelling style.  He received the Institute for Educational Inquiry top award for Education Reporting. The National Association of Black Journalists has presented Steve with three awards for Excellence in Feature Reporting.

Steve is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He is a member of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication Board of Visitors.

Steve is married to wife Rachel, and dad to two sons, Patrick and Syeed.



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