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Top Ten Youth Camp and Exchange Chairperson Award

Top Ten Youth Camp and Exchange Chairperson Award

Top Ten Youth Camp and Exchange Chairperson Award

The success of the Youth Camp and Exchange Program (YCE) can be attributed to the unwavering dedication of Lions members around the world who serve as YCE Chairpersons.  These individuals recognize and believe in the importance of developing youth into global citizens in order to have a more peaceful and just world in the future. They not only serve as travel, activity and safety coordinators, but as mentors and confidants for the youth and families participating in YCE. The annual Top Ten Youth Camp and Exchange Chairperson Award recognizes and honors those Lions who go above and beyond their duties as YCE Chairpersons.

The following individuals were selected by the International Board of Directors for their service in positively impacting the lives of young people around the world and fulfilling the Lions Clubs International mission to encourage peace and international understanding through Lions clubs. 

The Top Ten Youth Camp and Exchange Chairperson Awardees
(Serving in 2015-2016)

Friedrich Drobesch

FRIEDRICH DROBESCH

MULTIPLE DISTRICT 114 – AUSTRIA

“2016 was the year of the big refugee-crisis in Austria. We decided to send 5 boys from Syria to Lions camps. I'm so proud… [I love] that I have the opportunity to contribute to peace in the world…”

Kazuhisa Hashimoto

KAZUHISA HASHIMOTO

MULTIPLE DISTRICT 334 – JAPAN

“The YCE program is: A project capable to eliminate borders from the world that will make ‘war’ an ancient word.”

MARCOS COLLARES BINA

MARCOS COLLARES BINA

LD8 - BRAZIL

“[I love] to make the dreams come true of several young exchangers which is to embrace a new world, safely, through a centennial institution.”

NECDET ULUDAG

NECDET ULUDAG

DISTRICT 118-R – TURKEY

Lists the benefits of the YCE experience for youth as “…increased empathy and respect for different religions and races; ability to challenge prejudice, having a world citizen identity, understanding the importance of a foreign language, and increased social awareness and self-confidence.”

PIRKKO KOKKONEN

PIRKKO KOKKONEN

MULTIPLE DISTRICT 107 – FINLAND

“It is such a great feeling when you can feel a youngsters’ gratitude for this opportunity to experience foreign cultures. They come back full of wonderful experiences and memories.”

HSIEN KUANG LIN

HSIEN KUANG LIN

DISTRICT 300F TAIWAN

When asked what he loves the most… “See the young people learn and grow, feel more glorious. Change the life of youth, change the world!”

DOMINGO PACE

DOMINGO PACE

DISTRICT 108 AB ITALY

“I believe that the YCE Program is one of the most important and international service projects that we – as Lions – are proud to present…It is absolutely inspiring to give the opportunity to many youths to live an unforgettable experience by feeling true ambassadors in the world representing first of all themselves, their families and their countries.”

STEFANIA TROVATO

STEFANIA TROVATO

DISTRICT 108 YB ITALY

“YCE program is a net that links in the right way the whole world of young people through the Lions camps and hosting families, without any borders; help them to grow up with the great Lions purposes: peace, friendship, brotherhood between different countries, culture and religions.”

TETSUO HAMAWAKI

TETSUO HAMAWAKI – MD 337 – JAPAN

“Lion Hamawaki made an impressive contribution in coordinating the camp against the odds after the April 2016 Kumamoto earthquake in Aso City. He helped unite all committee members to ensure the camp still took place.  Lion Hamawaki is especially trusted by others and made a special effort to also sponsor and host [youth] to facilitate and promote the project.” – Council Chairperson Shoichi Yoshimi

YUEH-YUN HO

YUEH-YUN HO – DISTRICT 300-A2 – MD 300 TAIWAN

Lion Yueh-Yun Ho served as an essential leader in the hosting of the first international youth camp in District 300-A2 in over 28 years. The camp was well coordinated to include cultural visits and fun activities for 65 youth from 24 different countries.

Nominate Your Youth Camp and Exchange Chairperson for 2016-2017!

All district and multiple district YCE chairpersons are eligible for the Top Ten Youth Camp and Exchange Chairperson Award. District governors or council chairpersons must submit a nomination form to the Programs & Service Initiatives Department by November 15.

Some considerations for this award include:

  • Exceptional service and dedication to the ideal of developing global citizens
  • Promotion of peace, international understanding and goodwill through the Youth Camp and Exchange Program
  • Number of youth hosted and sponsored for Lions youth camps and/or exchanges
  • Integration of intergenerational service projects

Members of the Service Activities Committee select the recipients during the March-April board meeting. Awardees will receive a special recognition and will be featured on this webpage

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