PRINCETON — Mark Williams of Princeton will be installed this July as the Lions Clubs International District Governor of the newly-formed District 1-BK in North Central Illinois.
Williams originally joined the Princeton Lions Club in the early 1990s and has served in many roles including club president.
He has served as vice district governor for District 1-K for the last two years.
District 1-K is being merged with District 1-B forming a new district. He will serve as its first governor.
The new District 1-BK will encompass more than 80 Lion, Lioness and Leo clubs with 2,200 members in 13 counties and a portion of Cook County.
Williams attended vice governor school in 2012 and 2013.
He attended governor school in 2014.
He was selected to attend the 2012-13 Advance Lions Leadership Institute held in Chicago for all of North America.
He also attended the United States, Canada Leadership Forum in 2013.
In 2012, he was awarded the District Governor’s Appreciation Award, and in 2013 he was given the International President’s Certificate of Appreciation. He is a member of the Lions of Illinois Foundation’s Legacy Club and received the Foundation Fellow award in 2013.
“I’m really honored to be representing the 2,200 Lions in the new district,” Williams said, adding the new position will include lots of traveling, since 80 clubs comprise the new district.
Williams is an avid local volunteer and has served in many capacities, including chairing a Princeton advisory committee working with members of the city council; two-year tern as president of a city and chamber of commerce special event committee bringing a Civil War re-enactment to the community and serving with that committee for five additional years; and serving as a volunteer historical advisor and interpreter/guide for the Lovejoy Homestead.
Williams is currently a weather spotter volunteer for the National Weather Service Office — Quad Cities and a Bureau County ESDA-EMA volunteering for the past six years.
He currently gives lectures for nursing homes, schools, libraries and historical societies on topics such as the common soldier of the American Civil War.
Williams is a federal licensed radio operator, a member of the Princeton Elks Lodge, a member of the International Magicians Society and a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
Williams and his wife, Maggie, have lived in Princeton since 1990.
They built and opened Cannon Cleaners which they have operated since 1993.
Being avid collectors, they like to look for interesting historical items when traveling on vacations and weekends. Antique shops and flea markets occupy a lot of their free time, historical site and parks the rest.
The Lions Clubs Governor Installation will take place at the Lions International Convention on July 8 in Toronto, Canada. Williams will be installed with 750 other governors from around the world.
Lions Club International is the largest worldwide service organization. Founded in 1917 in Illinois, it now encompasses more than 1.35 million members belonging to more than 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries. Their motto is, “We Serve.”