International President: Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada’s Theme

International President 2015-2016

Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada, of Minokamo, Gifu, Japan, and a member of Minokamo Lions Club, is the 2015-2016 President of Lions Clubs International Every year, thousands of small cranes cross over the Himalayas at an altitude of 8000 meters for their seasonal migration. These demoiselle cranes are the smallest crane species, and their survival during this grueling migration depends upon the cooperation, teamwork, family structure,and harmony between every member of the flock.
In Japan, the crane has traditionally been a symbol of long life. In the Japanese art of origami, the crane is the most basic form that all children learn how to make. The custom of folding origami cranes is a meditative act that shows the heartfelt wishes of friends and family for the ill to become well again. The crane has also become known as a symbol of peace not only in Japan, but around the world. Peace, hope, determination, teamwork, and uniting people through service are central elements of the 2015- 2016 presidential theme Dignity. Harmony. Humanity.

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