History

1977

Rosemont, IL

 

Theme:
Chair Person: Norm Dahl
Honorary Chair: Johnny Balbo
Host Chair: John Oberweiss
Date: September 30 – October 2

1978

Detroit, MI

Theme:
Chairperson: Richard Hall
Honorary Chair: Ralph Lynam
Host Chair:
Date: September 22-24

1979

Bloomington, MN

Theme: Leadership in Lionism
Chairperson: George Crumbley
Honorary Chair: William Chandler
Host Chair: Gerry Robbins
Date: September 21-23

1980

St Louis, MO

Theme: Motivation for Leadership
Chairman: RW Dennis
Honorary Chair: William Chandler
Host Chair: Bill Steinbrueck & Russell Nixon
Date: October 17-19

1981

Denver, CO

Theme: Challenges of Leadership
Chairperson: Don Buckalew
Honorary Chair: Ebb Grindstaff
Host Chair: Earl Maddox & Lonnie Farmer
Date: September 11-13

1982

Louisville, KY

Theme: Inspiration Through Leadership
Chairperson: Don Buckalew
Honorary Chair: Ebb Grindstaff
Host Chair: Earl Maddox & Lonnie Farmer
Date: September 24-26

1983

Chicago, IL

Theme: Strength Through Leadership
Chairperson: Robert E Anderson
Honorary Chair: Jim Fowler
Host Chair: Norm Dahl
Date: September 23-25

1984

Philadelphia, PA

Theme: Growth Through Leadership
Chairperson: James Miller
Honorary Chair: Bert Mason
Host Chair: Ted Fusco
Date: September 21-23

1985

Hollywood, FL

Theme: Reach Out With Leadership
Chairperson: Ross DiMarco
Honorary Chair: Joeseph Wroblewski
Host Chair: Donald Hill
Date: September 20-22

1986

Calgary, AB

Theme: Skills For Leadership
Chairperson: Bruce Murray
Honorary Chair: Judge Brian Stevenson
Host Chair: Art Hironaka
Date: September 18-21

1987

Kansas City, MO

Theme: Integrity in Leadership
Chairperson: William Leibensperger
Honorary Chair: Judge Brian Stevenson
Host Chair: Lee Buck & George Jensen
Date: September 17-20

1988

Niagara Falls, NY

Theme: Paths to Excellence
Chairperson: William L Biggs
Honorary Chair: Austin Jennings
Host Chair: Gordon Hubbard & John Daniels
Date: September 22-25

1989

Albuquerque, NM

Theme: Vision for the Future

Chairperson: George L Mick Barrus

Honorary Chair: William L Bill Biggs
Host Chair: William Schum & Hilliard Lewis
Date: September 14-17

1990

Nashville, TN

Theme: Involvement – We Serve in Action
Chairperson: Robert J. Drabek

 

Honorary Chair: Don Banker
Host Chair: John Justice & Earl Tatum
Date: September 20-22

1991

Salt Lake City, UT

Theme: Involvement – Accept the Challenge
Chairperson: Norman M. Dean
Honorary Chair: Don Banker
Host Chair: Jay Meservy
Date: September 26-28

1992

Oklahoma City, OK

Theme: Membership Strength – Our Future
Chairperson: Daniel W Dan Cole
Honorary Chair: Jim Coffey
Host Chair: Robert Lee
Date: September 24-26

1993

Winston-Salem, NC

Theme: Leadership – Our Responsibility
Chairperson: Fred D Cole
Honorary Chair: Jim Coffey
Host Chair: John Shepherd
Date: September 9-12

1994

Des Moines, IA

Theme: Unity – A New Generation
Chairperson: L. Blaine Rush
Honorary Chair: William Wunder
Host Chair: Gary Fry
Date: September 22-25

1995

Edmonton, AB

Theme: Leadership – Our Foundation
Chairperson: Tom Broughton
Honorary Chair: William Wunder
Host Chair: Bill Bissonnette
Date: September 14-17

1996

Milwaukee, WI

Theme: Building Bridges to the Future
Chairperson: Richard A Dick Tyler
Honorary Chair: Pat Patterson
Host Chair: Harry McMeeken & Tom Thorson
Date: September 26-28

1997

Syracuse, NY

Theme: Proud Past – Brighter Future
Chairperson: Karl Adamson
Honorary Chair: Pat Patterson
Host Chair: Stanley Deminski
Date: September 25-27

1998

Lexington, KY

Theme: Gateway to Excellence
Chairperson: Dr. John Pearce
Honorary Chair: Jim Ervin
Host Chair: Mike Levenson
Date: September 24-27

1999

Birmingham, AL

Theme: Visions, Opportunities, Responsibilities: For all the World to See
Chairperson: Roy D. Wilson
Honorary Chair: Jim Ervin
Host Chair: Bill Tisdale
Date: September 16-19

2000

Tucson, AZ

Theme: Learning Today Leading Tomorrow
Chairperson: Phillip J Ingwell
Honorary Chair: Frank Moore
Host Chair: Joe Huntsman
Date: September 21-24

2001

Halifax, NS

Theme: Light the Path to Leadership
Chairperson: Gary Fry
Honorary Chair: Frank Moore
Host Chair: Jim Sherry
Date: September 20-22

2002

Fort Worth, TX

Theme: One World One Heart: Building a Better Tomorrow
Chairman: John Daum
Honorary Chair: Kay Fukushima
Host Chair: Jack Harris
Date: September 19-21

2003

Portland, OR

Theme: Innovation – The Gateway to Leadership
Chairperson: Joe Preston
Honorary Chair: Clem Kusiak
Host Chair: Sunny Pulley
Date: September 18-20

2004

Reno, NV

Theme: Sharing Success
Chairperson: Edward Gear
Honorary Chair: Clem Kusiak
Host Chair: Vince Vinella
Date: September 8-11

2005

Peoria, IL

Gene Polgar

Theme: Passion to Excel
Honorary Chair: Jimmy Ross
Host Chair: Terry Knollenberg
Date: September 21-24
Chairperson

2006

Columbus, OH

Theme: Discover a New World of Leadership and Service
Chairperson: Jack Harris
Honorary Chair: Jimmy Ross
Host Chair: Earl Strawn
Date: September 14-16

2007

Grand Rapids, MI

Theme: Making a Difference Through the Challenges of Change
Chairperson: Ed McCormick
Honorary Chair: Al Brandel
Host Chair: Gary Anderson
Date: September 5-8

2008

Saskatoon, SK

Theme: Everyday Heroes Performing Miracles Through Service
Chairperson: Terry Graham
Honorary Chair: Al Brandel
Host Chair: Ron Belke
Date: September 14-16

2009

Memphis, TN

Theme: Move to Grow – Lions Leading Through Service

Chairperson: Chuck Kostro

Honorary Chair: Sid Scruggs
Host Chair: Floyd Schriber
Date: September 24-26

2010

Milwaukee, WI

Theme: A Beacon of Hope Through Leadership and Service
Chairperson: William Bill Iannacone
Honorary Chair: Sid Scruggs
Host Chair: Phil Ingwell
Date: September 23-25

2011

Anchorage, AK

Theme: I Believe in Lions Leadership
Chairman: Bud Wahl
Honorary Chair: Wayne Madden
Host Chair: Buster Hall
Date: September 22-24

2012

Tampa, FL

Theme: Leadership in a World of Service
Chairperson: Polly Voon
Honorary Chair: Wayne Madden
Host Chair: Jackie Camerion
Date: September 13-15

2013

Overland Park, KS

Theme: Follow the Leadership Road to Your Dreams
Chairperson: Doug Lozier
Honorary Chair: Joe Preston
Host Chair: Neal Nichols
Date: September 19-21

2014

San Juan, PR

Theme: Building Leadership One Block at a Time
Chairperson: Ron Duffe
Honorary Chair: Joe Preston
Host Chair: Eugenio Roman
Date: September 9-11

2015

Grand Rapids, MI

Theme: The Grand Forum
Chairperson: Mark Miller
Honorary Chair: Bob Corlew
Host Chair: John Johnston
Date: September 17-19

2016

Omaha, NE

Theme: Leadership For Service
Chairperson: Gary Anderson
Honorary Chair: Bob Corlew
Host Chair: Randy Ritterbush
Date: September 15-17

2017

Portland, OR

Theme: Leadership With Imagination & Service With Creativity
Chairman: Lowell Bonds
Honorary Chair: Bob Corlew
Host Chair: Joyce Anderson
Date: September 21-23

2018

Columbus, OH

 

Theme: Building Teams Through Leadership
Chairperson: Mark Hintzmann
Honorary Chair: Haynes Townsend
Host Chair: Ron Keller
 
Date: September 20-22
 

2019

Spokane, WA

 

Theme: Creating Better Leaders
Chairperson: Paul Bledsoe
Honorary Chair: Haynes H Townsend
Host Chair: Laura Wintersteen-Arleth
 
Date: September 19-21
 

2020

Louisville, KY

 

Theme: And Were Off… To Winning Leadership!

Chairman: Harvey Whitley
Honorary Chair: Haynes H Townsend
Host Chair: Chuck Carlson
 
Date: September 17-19
 

2021 (Future)

Des Moines, IA

 

Theme:
Chairperson: Wendy Cain
Honorary Chair:
Host Chair: Gerald “Jerry” Inman
 
Date: September 9-11
 

2022 (Future)

Calgary, Alberta Canada

Theme:
Chairperson: Randy Heitmann
Honorary Chair:
Host Chair:
Date: September 15-17

2023 (Future)

Reno, Nevada

 

Theme:
Chairperson: Jama Wahl
Honorary Chair:
Host Chair:
 
Date: September 14-16
 

Beginning at the 2001 Forum in Halifax, NS, it the was the 25th Anniversary. The Forum has given recognition to those Lions who attended the Forum’s since 1977. Please note the photo of the Lions with perfect attendance since the birth of the USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum.

 

They are from left to Right:

  • PIP Kay Fukushima (California)
  • PID Roger Richert (Washighton)
  • PDG Henry Tolk (Michigan)
  • PDG Bruce Strome (South Carolina)
  • PDG Earl Maddox (Colorado)
  • PDG Ted Fusco (Pennsylvania)
  • PDG Bill McLaughlin (Pennsylvania)

The second photo celebrates the perfect Forum attendance of these Lions taken at the 2018 Columbus, Ohio Forum.

Here is a picture of the “Dynamic Duo” with PDG Bruce Strome and PID Roger Richert.