75th Anniversary

On Saturday, November 5, 2011 the Lions Club of Kitchener will be celebrating their 75th year of service the community, and supporting the projects of our District, A15 as well as those of Lions Clubs International world wide.

The special evening will be at the Westmount Golf & Country Club with the guest speaker being Past International Director Brian Stevenson from Calgary Alberta.

Judge Stevenson was elected to serve as president of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association’s 70th International Convention, held in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China, July 1-4, 1987.

He has served in private law practice and as a special prosecutor in the Canadian Department of Justice. In 1974, he was appointed for life as a Judge to the Provincial Court of Alberta. Currently he serves as Assistant Chief Judge of the Criminal Division of that court in Calgary.

A Lion since 1966 and currently a member of the Calgary (Northeast Eyeopener) Lions Club, Judge Stevenson has held numerous offices in the association. These include terms as district governor, a member of the association’s board of directors from 1977-79 and as a presidential appointee to the international board from 1979-81 and again from 1998-1999. He also served a three-year term as the chairman of Campaign SightFirst, one of the largest and most successful fundraising campaigns in the history of the association.

In recognition of his many contributions to the association, Past President Stevenson has received numerous awards including the 100% District Governor Award, the Membership Advancement Key, 18 International President’s Awards and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor granted by the association to its members. He is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

In addition to his work as a Lion, he has served as president of the Calgary Social Planning Council, as a board member of the Calgary United Way and as a member of the City of Calgary Social Services Committee. He has also served as president of the Alberta Provincial Judges Association and as chairman of the International Year of Disabled Persons Committee for the Province of Alberta. In 1996, the City of Calgary recognized his numerous voluntary contributions by awarding him the Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement Award of Merit.

Past President Stevenson is a member of numerous professional organizations and has authored a number of articles on legal matters. He and his wife, Patricia, have four daughters, eight granddaughters and two grandsons.