To all our many friends in Australia and from around the world, Anne and I are very grateful for the support that you have given us which has seen me being elected to the position of International President.
We are very proud to be in this position as your representatives, but at the same time very humbled by the support and good wishes we have received.
It would be remiss of me not to thank and acknowledge my Campaign Committee chaired by PID Dr Bob Coulthard AM. They have worked tirelessly over the past few years in supporting me in my campaign and throughout the Convention. I would particularly like to thank all the volunteers who have assisted and helped the Campaign. You did and absolutely wonderful job and it was great to see you everywhere we went in support.
I am honoured to be elected to this position and Anne and I will ensure that we represent each and every member of the Lion’s family to the fullest extent. This is an exciting but hectic journey for us as we take on the many challenges that are ahead.
Once again, Anne and I would like to express our sincere appreciation to all who have supported us in the journey so far. It will be both and exciting and very busy time ahead but one that I am sure you will come along on that journey with us.
Again our sincere thanks and we look forward to seeing you in our journeys
Barry and Anne
International President Barry J. Palmer, of Berowra, NSW, Australia, was elected to serve as International President of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association’s 96th International Convention, held in Hamburg, 2013.
Barry Palmer was a real estate company director.
A member of the Hornsby Lions Club since 1976, Palmer has held many offices within the association, including club president, zone chairperson, cabinet secretary, cabinet treasurer and district governor. He has served on numerous committees and as the Host Committee Chairperson for the 2010 Lions Clubs International Convention in Sydney, Australia.
In recognition of his service to the association, Palmer has received many awards, including the 100% Club President Award, the 100% District Governor Award, six International President’s Medals and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association bestows upon its members. He is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.
In addition to his Lion activities, Palmer is a recipient of the Australian Medal issued by the Australian Government, the Australian Childhood Cancer Research Award and the Spastic Centre of NSW Award. He was a Pioneer Volunteer at the Sydney Olympics and a member of the Australian Paralympic Committee.
International President Palmer and his wife Anne, also a Lion and a Melvin Jones Fellow, have three children and eight grandchildren