Gudrun Bjort Yngvadottir, from Gardabaer, Iceland, was elected to serve as second vice president of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 99th International Convention held in Fukuoka, Japan, June 24 through 28, 2016.
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% 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.
In addition to her Lions activities, Vice President Yngvadottir is active in numerous professional and community organizations, including the Icelandic Association of Biomedical Scientists, Icelandic Association of Academics and the Association of Icelandic University Teachers.
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.