OAK BROOK, Ill., July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Barry J. Palmer of Berowra, NSW, Australia, was elected president of Lions Clubs International at the association's 96th International Convention held in Hamburg, Germany, and is the first Australian citizen to be elected international president of Lions Clubs International, the world's largest service club organization and the global leader in humanitarian and community service.
A member of the Hornsby Lions Club since1976, President Palmer 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 help set the direction for Lions Clubs International Foundation and the foundation's SightFirst Program to rid the world of preventable and reversible blindness.
In recognition of his service to the association, Palmer has received many awards, including the Friend of Humanity Award, Life Membership in the Association and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association bestows upon its members. He is also a recipient of the Australian Medal issued by the Australian government for his 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 created the Barry J. Palmer Recognition Award in his honor due to his involvement with the Hart Walker Program in Australia. He was a Pioneer Volunteer at the Sydney Olympics and a member of the New South Wales Paralympic Committee.
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 www.lionsclubs.org.
SOURCE Lions Clubs International