Guam Lions participate in Saipan convention via video conference

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SIXTY members of the Lions Clubs on Guam canceled their trip to Saipan and participated in the district convention on Saturday at Fiesta Resort & Spa through video conference.

The Guam Lions had to remain on their island due to Covid-19 concerns. They gathered at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa on Saturday and set up a video conference connection with their counterparts on Saipan.

During the convention, Saturnino “Atoy” Banting of Saipan was elected first district vice governor-elect while Loisa Cabuhat of Guam was elected second district vice governor-elect.

The Saipan and Guam Lions also decided to hold next year’s convention on Guam.

In his remarks, Banting announced the postponement of the annual health fair of the Lions Clubs International District 204, Region 2 set for March 29, 2020.

Members of the Saipan Marianas Lions Club were among those who attended the district convention at the Fiesta Resort on Saturday.

“Safety and health are our top priorities at this time,” he said.

Banting also expressed his appreciation for the support of United Filipino Organization president Mar Masilungan and IT&E general manager Rose Soledad.

Shirley Gordon was among the Lions who attended the district convention at Fiesta Resort on Saturday.

As one of the active members of the Saipan Marianas Lions Club, Gordon said it was a privilege to meet the other Lions on Saipan and, through video conference, on Guam.

Members of various Lions Clubs on Saipan pose for a photo.  Contributed photos

“Through the convention, we learned about all ongoing programs of the Lions Clubs that benefit the community,” she added.

Lions Clubs International, Region 2 District 204 marketing and communications chair Mario Mayuga and Saipan Natibu Lions Club president Manny Castro headed the IT proceedings during the video conference.

Mayuga said there are 18 clubs on Guam and six on Saipan.

“The clubs are autonomous and can have their own projects and events, but all clubs can also work as one,” he added.

To learn more about the Lions Clubs International, call Annamae Adaza at 285-4388, Al Cabael at 483-4663 or Argie Buensalido at 789-0218. You may also visit the website at www.lionsclubs.org

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