West Virginia Lions Leadership Retreat 2021 Keynote Speakers


            Friday Night:  Olivia Turman is a 17 year old high school junior from Barboursville.  She became active in her local LEO Club at the age of 11.  From the time she joined the club, membership has grown from 4 to 64.  Her club hosts many events including a kickball tournament, Valentine’s Day fundraiser, a camp out membership drive, volunteers at the local city mission, and assists the Barboursville Lions with Christmas food baskets.  Olivia was the leader of the construction of the Barboursville Park’s Interactive Trail for the Visually Impaired.  She was a featured speaker at LCI’s District Governor-Elect Seminar in St. Charles, Illinois in February 2020.

          Saturday Lunch: Bradley Ford is a humorous motivational speaker from Bridgeport.  Brad is the owner of Ford Funeral Homes in Bridgeport, Fairmont and Rivesville.  He is active in numerous civic activities, including Late Lodge #63 A.F & A.M. and the Osiris Shrine, the Associated Businesses of Bridgeport, United Hospital Center Foundation and many others. Brad is a member of the Bridgeport United Methodist Church and serves as a lay leader.   He established the Bridgeport Challenger (Baseball) League.  Brad was awarded the Michael Benedum Fellow as Citizen of the Year and was also named Rotarian of the Year for his club. 

          Saturday Night:  PID Gwen A. White, from Columbia, NC, served as International Director of Lions Clubs International from 2017-2019.  PID Gwen is a member of the First Flight Lions Club and has held many offices within the association.  She has received numerous awards in recognition of her service, including the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association bestows.  She is active in many professional organizations.  Gwen has been a journalist, an event manager, a motivational speaker and has served for several years as the director of the North Carolina Lions Visually Impaired Person’s (VIP) fishing tournament.