With a passion for charitable work at home and overseas, Farnham Lion Howard holds the highly prestigious position of Lions Clubs International Representative
to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva. His appointment in 2015 was in view of his outstanding charitable work for Lions Clubs International (LCI), the
world’s largest voluntary service organisation, and his success in handling many of its international matters.
As a member of Farnham Lions Club since 1976, Howard has held numerous offices within the association, at club level, district level and multiple district level. He was District Governor for Lions 105 SE in 1988/89 and has played a major part in the District’s growth and effectiveness, while assisting with many other Lions projects. Today he is hands-on Chairman of the Lions Belarus Trust, which has provided aid over many years to the Gomel area of Belarus. He has visited the area many times, and was instrumental in forming the Gomel Lions Club. He is also Chairman of the Districts Night Flying Appeal to raise £250,000 for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.
Howard represents the Lions at UN meetings held in Geneva, Vienna and New York in order to discuss ways in which the organisations can work together to achieve better humanity. He also makes recommendations to the UN and looks to develop various humanitarian programs. There are eight LCI Representatives to the various UN agencies based in Europe and Howard helps to co-ordinate their interactions.
Past International President Al Brandel, the LCI Representative to the UN Economic and Social Council in New York, commented on Howard’s experience in dealing with humanitarian projects: “In addition to serving as the European representative on the Campaign SightFirst II International Committee, Howard has also served as a Global Membership Team area leader, overseeing membership development in six multiple districts. I am confident that his outstanding leadership and vision will be of great benefit, as we continue to build relationships in partnership with the UN.”
Howard added: “I was very proud and deeply honoured to have been appointed to represent Lions Clubs International at the UN in Geneva. Lion’s relationship with UN goes right back to its formation in 1945. We share the same humanitarian goals and ideals, and it is only right that we work as closely together as we can for the benefit of mankind.”