Lions Clubs International director arrives for District 50 convention

LIHU‘E — Lions Club International Director Douglas Alexander arrived on Kaua‘i from New York on Monday to lead the Hawai‘i Lions 76th District 50 convention, which opens Wednesday.

Lions District Governor Eric Nordmeier was joined by a group of Lions, including past International Director Phil Sturker, to greet Alexander and his two daughters,  Tiffany and Courtney.

Alexander will be the keynote speaker Saturday night during the District Governor’s Banquet, Sandy Sturker of the East Kaua‘i Lions Club said.

Nordmeier said the convention will be centered around Waimea town in keeping with its “Down Home Feeling in the Old Home Town” theme.

“Most of the daytime activities will be at the historic Waimea Theater or the Waimea Neighborhood Center,” Nordmeier said. “During the evenings, everything moves to the Waimea Plantation Cottages.”

Of the anticipated 250 people attending the convention, 175 off-island attendees will be housed at the Waimea Plantation Cottages and nearby bed and breakfast facilities, according to the Hawai‘i Lions website.

County Deputy Engineer Lyle Tabata will represent Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. in opening remarks at 9 a.m. Friday at the Waimea Theater.

Tiffany Alexander said while  her dad has been to Kaua‘i before, this is her first visit. “I’m excited to discover the island,” she said.

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