Immediate Past President of Lions Club International, Dr. Clem Kusiak and his wife Jeanne visited San Pedro and the San Pedro Lions Club this past Saturday, February 4. His visit was official as he launched on a worldwide tour to familiarize himself with some important countries so as to better serve his position as LCIF chairman.
Under that title, Dr. Kusiak is in charge of supervising one of Lions International most prestigious departments, the Lions Club International Foundation. This foundation provides millions upon millions of dollars to areas struck by disaster and turmoil and especially in areas of health and education and providing assistance to the children of this world.
Dr. Kusiak wanted to visit some sites and projects in Belize that have benefited from LCIF funds like San Pedro High School, the San Esteban Pre School, and the Belize City Eye, Nose and Throat Clinic.
Dr. Kusiak also wanted to eat seafood and compare it to the good seafood that he enjoys in his native Maryland. And after having tasted the lobster prepared by Elvis Kitchen, the Past President gave it an A Plus. Dr. Kusiak also wanted to enjoy the wonders of San Pedro and Ambergris Caye that he had heard so much of and he certainly had many nice things to say about San Pedro.
He was even asking for the prices of real estate, giving us a hint about his possible retirement days. AND MOST OF ALL, Dr. Kusiak wanted to meet some of the Lions like Milo Paz who visited with him at Tokyo for the last International convention upon his nomination for Lion of the Year Award. He wanted to see this vibrant club that won the Club of the Year award from among 45 thousand other Lions Clubs worldwide. Needless to say, Lions Kusiak was impressed and he let it be known.
A second agenda of his visit was to evaluate the Lions Quest program presently offered by Lions International to clubs and governments the world over in which young people and school children are offered to learn life skills that will lift their self-esteem and make them better citizens.
Lions Quest is being offered in Belize as a pilot project involving five elementary schools and five high schools. It builds up honesty, sincerity, love of service to mankind, responsibility, and communication skills, among others. Dr. Lions Kusiak indicated that he was pleased with the program in Belize and that his recommendations would be in favor of expanding this program to all the nations. He met with Education Minister, Hon. Francis Fonseca, who has committed his full support to the program.
During the Lions Meeting and Social San Pedro High School presented a skit on the topic of service and kindness. The Caye Caulker R. C. School presented a skit on the topic love instead of revenge. Of course, the evening continued with food and drinks and lots of good music before Kr. Kusiak left en route to Argentina and Columbia.
Lion Dr. Clem Kusiak and wife Jeanne (center) visit San Pedro Lions as part of his worldwide tour as LCIF chairman.