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City hosting state Lions convention

Hundreds of Lions Club members are packing Grand Wayne Center for a convention that continues through Sunday.

The president of the Lions Clubs International, Auburn native Wayne Madden, is scheduled to address the group today, according to the Grand Wayne.

A news release Friday noted that with 46,000 clubs and about 1.35 million members, the Lions Club is the world’s largest volunteer service organization.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry will welcome the group at today’s noon luncheon in the Anthony Wayne Ballroom. Madden is scheduled to receive the mayor’s welcome and speak to the group, according to the Grand Wayne.

In a separate release Thursday, Visit Fort Wayne said the Lions of Indiana convention meeting at Grand Wayne, which began Thursday, would include chapter meetings and social events during the four days.

Madden was a full-time insurance agent before assuming the key leadership position with the Lions. He was elected second vice president of the global organization in July 2010. He told The Journal Gazette in an interview then that he joined the Auburn Lions Club in 1984.

Last June, Madden was installed as international Lions president during a five-day convention in South Korea.

Madden said through an email after that meeting that he would make literacy his top priority.

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