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Kansas Lions to gather for Mid-Winter Rally in Salina
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Kansas Lions Club Council of Governors: (Seated L-R) DG LuRay Watts of Wichita; DG Linda Looney of Pratt; DG Jerry Loney of Topeka; DG Al Urich of Belleville. (Standing L-R): CC Beverly Nichols of Overland Park; DG Jess Larison of Columbus.

The annual Mid-Winter Rally of Kansas Lions will take on an international flavor as they play host to Lions International Director Dr. Hauser Weiler of Virginia, on Jan. 17-19, at the Ramada Convention Center in Salina.
The Kansas Lions Council of District Governors conducts four meetings each year to assess progress towards goals for community service by the 6,700 Kansas Lions & Leos (school students) who serve in the 280 clubs from all parts of the state. In addition, most of the State Committees and Lions Foundation Boards will meet to evaluate annual goals.
The Kansas Lions Council of Governors is the controlling authority of Kansas Lions. They are: DG Linda Loone of 17-L (West); DG Al Urich of 17-I (North-Central); DG Jerry Loney of 17-O (North East); DG LuRay Watts of 17-N (South Central); and DG Jess Larison of 17-S (South East). The Council Chairperson is Beverly Nichols of Overland Park.
Dr. Hauser Weiler, a Virginia native, is an ophthalmologist in private practice and lives in Lancaster County in Northern Virginia on the Chesapeake Bay. ID Weiler retired as a Navy Captain from the U.S. Navy Medical Corps in 1989.
In recognition of his service to the association, he has received numerous awards including Lion of the Year, three Council of Governors Awards, Lions of Virginia Foundation Humanitarian Award, two International President’s Medals and five President’s Certificates of Appreciation. He is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.
The International Association of Lions Clubs is the world’s largest community service organization with 1.35 Million members in 46,500 clubs, in 206 countries of the world.  In Kansas there are 6,700 Lion and Leo Club members serving in 280 clubs, all dedicated to serving their hometown communities.