International President

Lion Robert E. Corlew

Chancellor Bob Corlew, from Milton, Tennessee, USA, was elected to serve as President of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 99th International Convention at Fukouka, Japan. President Corlew is retired as chancellor for the State of Tennessee and a professor of law. A member of the Murfreesboro Lions Club since 1978, he has held many offices within the association, including Club President, Zone Chairperson, District Governor, Cabinet Secretary and Council Chairperson. In recognition of his service to the association, he has received numerous awards including the Leadership Award, the Builder Key Award, two International President's Medals and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association bestows upon its members. He is also a Progresstive Melvin Jones Fellow. In addition to his Lions Activities, Vice President Corlew has been active on various boards and in several community organizations, including Boy Scouts of America, Murfreesboro City Council, Red Cross, General Sessions Judge, Discovery House Museum board of directors, Recreation Commission and Water and Sewer Board. Vice President Corlew and his wife, Dianne, also a Lion and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, have five children and four grandchildren.


Imm. Past International President

Lion Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada

Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada, of Minokamo, Gifu, Japan, was elected to serve as LCIF Chairperson of Lions Clubs International at the association's 99th International Convention at Fukouka, Japan. Imm. Past President Yamada is a Neurosurgeon. A member of the Minokamo Lions Club, Yamada has been a Lion since 1985. He has held many offices in the association, including district governor, and GLT constitutional area vice leader. He served on the international board from 2005 to 2007 as a member of the Executive Committee and the Long Range Planning Committee, then as Vice Chairperson of Convention Committee, and for 2011-2012, served as a board appointee. In recognition of his service to the association, Yamada has received numerous awards, including the Humanitarian Partners Award, seven International President's Awards and an Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor granted by the association to its members. He is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow. In addition to his Lion activities, Yamada is chairperson for several organizations including the Social Medical Corporation Koseikai, the Kizawa Memorial Hospital, the Social Welfare Corporation Jikeikai, Nozominooka Hospital and Ajisai Nursing College. He is a standing director of the Japan Hospital Association and an affiliate professor at Gifu University. Dr. Yamada has been active in the area of international relations, serving as president of the Gifu-Hungary Friendship Association, Gifu-Morocco Association, and Gifu-Salzburg Association. He is a recipient of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary and the Medal of Honor of the Alaouite Dynasty of the Kingdom of Morocco, and an honorary citizen of Beijing City, China, in recognition of his service to international friendship building. Vice President Yamada and his wife, Dr. Toshiko Yamada, also a Lion and a Melvin Jones Fellow, have one son, one daughter and three grandchildren.


First International Vice President

Lion Naresh Aggarwal

Naresh Aggarwal, from Batala, Punjab (India), was elected to serve as First International Vice President of Lions Clubs International at the 99th International Convention at Fukouka, Japan. Naresh is running businesses in steel and agri-products. One of his business entities is having collaboration with a large MNC, Voestalpine, for more than a decade. Vice President Naresh is a member of Lions Club Batala Smile since 1974. After serving at various positions in the home Club including Club President, he served with great distinction as District Governor in 1988-89, and then as Chairman of Council of Governors, MD 321 in 1989-90. Naresh served as International Director during 1998-2000. He earned great appreciations for serving on Global Membership Team (GMT) as Area Leader by achieving significant increase in membership. He was a Faculty and Group Leader for DG Elects Seminars thrice at International Conventions. He also served as International Board Appointee thrice and in a three-year term also served as Global Leadership Team (GLT) Constitutional Area Leader (CA-6). Vice President is the Trustee and Vice Chairperson of Lions Quest in India Foundation and has also served on National Sight-First Committee. He is the Chief Patron of Dainik Prarthana Sabha which is operating several charity projects in Batala. He is Vice President of Age-Care India, an all India charitable society for the care and welfare of elderly people. He has been trustee and patron to many other projects. Naresh has received 21 International President's Medals and the Ambassador of Goodwill Award. He is a Major Lead Gift Donor and Humanitarian Partner of the LCIF. Naresh and his wife 'Navita', also a Lion and Melvin Jones Fellow, have two sons, one daughter and seven grand-children.


Second International Vice President

Lion Gudrun Bjort Yngvadottir

Gudrun Bjort Yngvadottir, from Gardabaer, Iceland, was elected to serve as Second Vice President of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 99th International Convention held in Fukuoka, Japan, June 24 through 28, 2016. Vice President Yngvadottir is vice director of the Institute of Continuing Education at the University of Iceland. A member of the Gardabaejar Eik Lions Club since 1992, she has held many offices within the association, including club president, leadership chair, Leo chair, Lions Quest chair, treasurer, vice district governor, district governor, multiple district LCIF coordinator, secretary and leadership development chair and coordinator for the Lions Leadership Institute in Iceland. She also served as a faculty member and presented at numerous Lions Leadership Institutes, Faculty Development Institutes and international conventions. In recognition of her service to the association, she has received numerous awards including the 100% Club President Award, an Extension Award, the Governor’s Extension Award, the Founder’s Membership Growth, District Governor Award, eight International President’s Certificates of Appreciation, an International President’s Leadership Award, seven International President’s Awards and an Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association bestows upon its members. She is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow. In addition to her Lions activities, Vice President Yngvadottir is active in numerous professional and community organizations, including the Icelandic Association of Biomedical Scientists, Icelandic Association of Academics and the Association of Icelandic University Teachers. Vice 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 five grandchildren.


Third International Vice President

Lion Jung - Yeol Choi

Jung-Yeol Choi, of Pusan, Republic of Korea, was elected to serve as Third Vice President of Lions Clubs International at the association's 99th International Convention, held in Fukuoka, Japan, June 24 through 28, 2016. Vice President Choi is the CEO of an International trading company. A member of the Pusan (First) Lions Club since 1977, Director Choi has held many offices within the association, including club president, cabinet secretary, district governor and vice chairman of Multiple District 309. In addition, he was a panelist at the 33rd OSEAL Forum, held in 1994. In recognition of his service to the association, Vice President Choi has received numerous awards, including the Senior Master Key Award, the 100% District Governor Award, an International President's Leadership Medal, six International President's Certificates of Appreciation, an International President's Award and an 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, Vice President Choi is CEO of Koala Company, Ltd. and vice chairman of the Dong - A University Alumni Association. He is also a past director of the Pusan Sports Association. Vice President Choi and his wife, Seung - Bok, have four daughters.