Photos by Lion John Houston
District 410A 55th Convention
In his May 2013 newsletter, PDG Jimmy Lang highlighted the fact that the late former president, Nelson Mandela, received the Melvin Jones award at the 18th All Africa Conference in Oran, Algeria. Here are some reminders of the day (thanks to PDG Paula for reminding us):
Please read Lions Mourn Passing of Nelson Mandela, a tribute to the great man, written by Lions Clubs International President Barry Palmer.
Tribute to Nelson Mandela
Transcript – “I know Lions around the world join me in expressing their sincere condolences to the people of South Africa as they mourn the death of their former president Nelson Mandela. As a freedom fighter, statesman, and ambassador of peace, President Mandela set an example for millions of people to emulate. His passion for others and his demonstrated ability to bring people together endeared him to people from every culture. His position of non-violence even in the midst of turbulent times set him apart and elevated his prominence as a world leader. There can be no better example of his universal respect than his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He served the people not only of South Africa, but of every nation. Even after he left the office of President, he remained at the forefront of civil rights. He belonged to the world, and the world will miss him. It is the fervent hope of Lions Clubs International and our members in 208 countries that Nelson Mandela’s platform of peace will continue to influence world leaders and usher in a millennium of peace and understanding.”