International President


Naresh Aggarwal
International President

Most people spend their lifetimes in pursuit of God and inner peace. My worship of God is to serve His living
manifestations on earth. My peace and happiness comes when those around me enjoy peace and happiness.

I grew up in a town called Batala, in Punjab - a State in the northwest of India. Like many young children, I dreamed of conquering the world.However,the means to this end were more important to me. I wanted to lead through kindness.

I dreamed of changing not just Batala, but the entire world.In 1974,when I first stood in the presence of Lions, I knew that I had aligned myself with an organization that could actually help me achieve my dream. We Lions are one with the people of the world. In Sanskrit,it is called "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam," or "World is my Family."

The key to making the world one family, or one home, rests within us - the 1.4 million Lions who dedicate themselves to the needs of others. If each Lion serves at least 10 people per month,we will easily achieve our goal of serving 200 million people each year-trippling our current service output.

Service to others defines who we are. It is our very reason to exist as a global organization.Our motto puts it in terms others can easily understand - "We Serve." As I prepared for my year as your International President, those words kept coming back to me.That's why I am proud to have "We Serve." represent my theme. Our motto is timeless. It is as relevant today as it was in 1917, and it will inspire us into our next century of service. At the 2015 International Convention in Honolulu, I said "nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come." Our most auspicious time-the new century-has come.

"Let us reach out to others and impart our ideals-that the world is one family and no child can go to sleep in fear of what tomorrow will bring."

As we enter our second century of global humanitarian service, we continue to evolve to meet the ever-changing needs.This is truly anexciting time to be a Lion.

Our new strategy - LCI Forward - was developed as a road map for Lions to plan,implement and achieve our vision for the future and meet the growing needs of the world (insert LCI Forward graphic).This new strategy will enhance our service framework, reshape public opinion and improve visibility, improve our club, district and organizational excellence and improve our membership experience while reaching new markets.

New products,such as the new Lions mobile app, will provide our members the ability to connect with each other like never before - sharing service ideas, photos, videos, and information - bringing Lions together regardless of their location. We have to make the world aware of just how big the world's problems are, and how relatively simple they are to solve if everyone works together.

I feel proud and blessed to be your leader at this most auspicious moment, as we begin our second century of global humanitarian service.

On June 7, 1917, in the LaSalle Hotel in Chicago, businessman Melvin Jones announced an ambitious initiative - an association dedicated to the central principle of serving others. He faced many skeptics. There were people who considered it impossible. However, today it is a reality. Today, 1.4 million people walk his path of service to others.