International President



Gudrun Yngvadottir, from Gardabaer, Iceland, was elected to serve as international president of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 101st International Convention, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, June 29 through July 3, 2018.

International President Yngvadottir is a biomedical scientist and has worked in research, education and management. Since 1990 she has worked at the University of Iceland as Vice Director at the Institute of Continuing Education.

A member of the Gardabaejar Eik Lions Club since 1992, President Yngvadottir has held many offices within the association, including district governor council chairperson. She has dedicated her service to children and youth, membership and leadership development, health and wellness, including vision and diabetes, environmental projects and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF).

President Yngvadottir served as international director 2010-2012 on the Leadership Committee, as chairperson the second year; 2011-2013 on the Women’s Task Force; 2012-2013 she was a board appointee on the District and Club Service Committee; and 2013-2014 on LCIF Governance Ad Hoc Committee.

In recognition of her service, she has received numerous awards including the Kjarans Medal, the highest award of Icelandic Lions; the Lions Crystal, the highest award of Norwegian Lions; several Membership and Extension Awards; eleven International President’s Awards; and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest Lions Clubs International award. She is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

In addition to her Lions activities, President Yngvadottir is active in numerous professional and community organizations, including the Icelandic Association of Biomedical Scientists and has been its representative for cooperation between Scandinavian and European scientists.

President Yngvadottir and her husband, Dr. Jon Bjarni Thorsteinsson, a past international director and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, have one son, one daughter and six grandchildren

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Lion Dr. Sarath Wijechandra MAF/JP,

A gentleman with sober habits and a smiling face was invited to join Lions Club of Athurugiriya, District 306C in 1997.He was admired by many for his sense of humour.

As a result of his popularity in the Lions circles within a short span of five years he aquired the knowledge and strength to extend a new Lions Club and became the Charter President of Lions Club of Oruwala in year 2002-03. Ever since, he was totally committed to Lions activities and served with dedication. Identifying his leadership capabilities, Past District Governor late Lion Dr. Soma Edirisinghe appointed him as Zone Chairperson in year 2003-04.That was an escalator attached to his lionistic career. There is no position that this great lion did not serve until his election to the office of Second Vice District Governor at the eleventh annual convention held at Waters Edge, Battarmulla, while being in the office of Cabinet Treasurer.

His immense Contributions to Lionism won him many accolades to his credit. “Most Outstanding Club President of the District is practically once in a life time recognition a Lion receives in Lionistic Career. During the Golden year of Lionism in Sri Lanka, in year 2007-08, he won the most prestigious “Golden Lion of the Year” award. He never missed a single International Convention from year 2005 onwards to this year and almost equal number of ISAAME forums.

Having his early education at Sri Sidhartha Maha Vidyalaya , Kalapaluwawa continued his studies at Ananda Sasthralaya, Kotte.

His life was completed after meeting and marrying Jayanthi who was inspired by her spouse’s service to the community and became a Lion herself. A very charming lady, who carries a pleasant smile always, is the all needed support to Lion Sarath’s success. Their love life has blessed them with three lovely daughters and made this duo grandparents too by having three grandchildren.

Involved in travel trade for last thirty three years as the Chairman and managing Director of Jul Travels through which he facilitate Lions of all walks from the Multiple District, a safe and comfortable travel abroad. Especially, for Lions International Conventions and ISAAME forums other than the private trips of Lions. He image is engraved in the heart and minds of everyone who associate this unique Lion.

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Lion Mahinda Perera MAF/MAF/JP,

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