Willoughby Hills Lions Club Growing Membership

Lake County Commissioner John Plecnik

Willoughby Hills Lions Club Membership Chair

Willoughby Hills Lions Club Receives International Recognition for Growing Membership

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio – On March 23, 2024, Lions International President Dr. Patti Hill recognized the growing membership of the Willoughby Hills Lions Club by issuing the International President’s Certificate of Appreciation to their Membership Chair John Plecnik. Since its founding and Charter Night on January 18, 2024, the Willoughby Hills Lions Club has already grown to 44 dues-paying members, which makes it the largest Lions Club in Zone 1 of District 13 OH4 and the fastest growing Lions Club in Ohio.

The International President’s Certificate of Appreciation is a prestigious award from the International President herself “in recognition of distinguished achievements in fulfilling the mission of Lions International”. This award is generally presented by an International Director after the recipient has been nominated by the District Governor.

Lions International Director Lee Vrieze of Wisconsin personally presented Membership Chair John Plecnik of the Willoughby Hills Lions Club with the International President’s Certificate of Appreciation at the District 13 OH4 annual convention in Canton on March 23, 2024. District Governor Janet Christen shared that Plecnik has served as a Lion for over a decade and was nominated for his role in helping to found and recruit so many new members for the Willoughby Hills Lions Club.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to accept this international award on behalf of the Willoughby Hills Lions Club,” said John Plecnik, who currently serves as Lake County Commissioner and is a former Willoughby Hills Councilman and Library Trustee. “Our New Year’s Resolution was to bring the Lions Club back to Willoughby Hills, and working together, we did it!”

Lions International was founded in 1917 by Chicago businessman Melvin Jones and today it is the world’s largest service organization. Since 1925, when Hellen Keller famously addressed the Lions at their international convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, and called on them to become “Knights of the Blind,” Lions International has been dedicated to fighting blindness.

If you live or work in Willoughby Hills or a nearby community and want to join the growing membership of the Willoughby Hills Lions Club, please call (440-382-9978) or email Lion John Plecnik at plecnik@nyu.edu for more information.

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