The stage is being set and the plans are being finalized for the Lions of the World to come to Chicago for the Centennial Convention in 2017. The Host Committee along with Lions Clubs International are preparing to welcome you in June, 2017 for the 100th Lions Clubs International Convention.
The convention opens on Friday, June 30th and runs through Tuesday, July 4th. Changes have been made in the use of the Chicago venues as well as the parade route since the last time the convention was in Chicago.
All the plenary sessions, voting, exhibits, educational seminars and the International Show will be at one venue - McCormick Place located on Chicago's lake front.
The traditional Lions International Parade of Nations will march through the commercial district of Chicago on State Street on Saturday, July 1st. Annually, Chicago only permits three parades on State Street and in 2017 our parade will be number four.
By coming to Chicago, you will be able to experience the city of the birth of our organization. See the Lions statue that appears in the photograph of our founder, Melvin Jones. You will have the opportunity to visit an exhibit in the Convention Hall that displays our history as well as the opportunity to visit our headquarters in Oak Brook.
Chicago by itself has a lot to offer for those that visit. We have our beautiful lake front where you can walk, along with a variety of museums and cultural centers, Navy Pier with its new Ferris wheel and of course the Magnificent Mile for your shopping experience.
As chairman of the Host committee, I can assure you that the Committee Members are preparing to make this convention one of the best in our Association's history. Our goal is to make the attendees feel as if they are home and enjoying a family reunion.
So, as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary, let"s take the time to renew our commitment to the motto "We Serve" and for the centennial "Where there is a need, there is a LIO". This commitment will help us achieve our goals for our Centennial Celebration and carry us forward into our second hundred years of Service.
So plan to COME and CELEBRATE this milestone in the history of LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL... . We will see you soon in Chicago.