The Lions of West Virginia Leadership Retreat, to be held January 25-26, 2019, at the Days Inn in Flatwoods, will feature three outstanding and dynamic female speakers.

  • Beth Slade is the Director of Lions Engagement for Leader Dogs for the Blind, in Rochester Hills, Michigan.  Beth has been with Leader Dogs for the Blind for five years, and in her current position focuses on the legacy of Lions involvement with Leader Dog, which was founded by local Michigan Lions in 1939.  Beth will also present a seminar entitled “Harness the power of leadership.”

  • BethAnn Telford, a Pennsylvania native and current resident of Virginia, is an endurance athlete and brain cancer survivor and has dedicated herself to raising awareness of brain cancer and to finding a cure.  She is an inspirational speaker and has been featured in many articles, books, news stories and a Discovery program documentary.  In addition to completing multiple marathons and Ironman competitions, she competed in the World Marathon Challenge in 2017, which consists of running 7 marathons, in 7 days on 7 continents.  BethAnn is also an honorary Lion!

  • Past International Director Joyce Middleton of Bridgewater, Massachusetts completed a two-year term on the international board in 2018.  PID Middleton and her husband Lion Martin are Progressive Melvin Jones Fellows and their son and daughter are also Lions.  PID Joyce is now serving as Constitutional Area One Chairperson for the New Voices Initiative, a new program created by International President Gudrun Bjort Yngvadottir.  The New Voices initiative celebrates the impact women Lions make every day and promotes gender parity by focusing on increasing the number of women in Lions clubs as well as closing the gap between men and women in leadership positions.  Both PID Joyce and Lion Martin will present seminars at the Leadership Retreat, and you will not want to miss either one.