Jan Miller of Mystic is one of approximately 750 district governors named to their position during a ceremony held at the Lions Clubs International Convention in Busan, Korea. For one year these men and women will oversee approximately 46,000 Lions clubs made up of 1.35 million Lions members in 207 countries and geographical areas around the world.
Miller has been an active member of the Groton Lions Club for the past 15 years. His Lions District, 23C, includes the area of Middlesex, New London, Tolland, and Windham Counties. Lions in the district are involved in several service projects, including Lions eye health program screenings, eyeglass collection and recycling, Lions low-vision center of Eastern Connecticut, as well as many other worthwhile programs.
Lions Clubs International President Wayne A. Madden of Auburn, Indiana, installed the district governors at the convention.
“These men and women have expressed the commitment and compassion needed to support and guide the Lions in their areas to better serve their communities,” he said. Jan’s motto for this year is “Leadership by Example” and his theme is “Serving with a Purpose.”
Jan recalls his two-week visit to Busan and pride in the global Lions organization, when he heard “so many motivated and impressive speakers from all over the world” encouraging Lions’ goals.
“Busan is about two hours south of Seoul,” he says, “in beautiful country. Korea is booming, there are high-rises going up everywhere, and everything is immaculate.”
Korea was one of 208 countries which vied for the convention, he said. “In Busan there were 55,000 delegates; it was the largest convention in the world, in history. The theme coming up is to help improve literacy worldwide–in the U.S. alone there are 26 million people that need reading help.”
Governor Jan Miller is a retired planner from Electric Boat, an Air Force veteran, and graduate of the University of Connecticut. His club has given him many accolades, including the highest Award in Lionism, a Melvin Jones Fellowship. Additionally, he also served as a Diabetes Chair, a Zone as well as a Region Chair, and as a Vice District Governor.
Over the past year, the Lions of District 23C collectively worked more more than 47,500 hours at over 1,100 events to raise $406,274. Lions are men, women, families, and friends who work together to fulfill community needs.