Austin Founder Lions will mark the 104th anniversary of the club’s founding at this meeting focused on our club and Lionism. President Ann Ward will review the first six months of the 2019-20 year, as well as plans for the remaining six months of her term.
Past International Director Joe Al Picone will share his perspective on the future of Lionism as the organization has entered its second century of service. While LCI has a proud legacy of service, the challenge is to grow membership and remain relevant in the future. PID Joe Al and his wife Merle live in Brenham, and AFLC is extremely honored to have this distinguished Texas Lion who served on the LCI Board of Directors from July 2011 to 2013 bring a message sure to inspire and challenge us.
About our Speaker:
Past International Director Picone is a retired President of the Blinn College Foundation and a member of the Brenham Evening Lions Club, with 54 years perfect attendance.
He has been Council Chairman for the State of Texas, State Membership Chairman and State Campus Club Chairman. He also served as President of the Past District Governors of Texas Lions, chairman of the Texas Long-Range Planning Commission, and chairman of the Texas Lions Camp By-Laws Committee. He also served the Global Action Team as the Area 1-F GMT Leader. He is currently the LCIF Texas Ambassador.
In recognition of his service to the association, he has received the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest award the association gives its members; six International President’s Awards; and the International President’s Leadership Award. He holds the Universal Membership Key for having sponsored more than 300 new Lions and also was awarded the Supreme Extension Award for organizing 11 new Lions Clubs. He is an 20 level Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, a progressive Jack Wiech Fellow, a 2 level progressive Texas Lions Fellow, and a Celeste and Harrison Shepherd Fellow. He also received the LCIF Helping Hands award. Picone is also a recipient of the Harry Reasonover Award, the highest district award given, and has been inducted into the Texas Lions Hall of Fame.