International 1st Vice President, Judge Haynes Townsend passed away on December 14, 2019. Judge Haynes Townsend, from Dalton, Georgia, USA, was elected to serve as second vice president of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 101st International Convention, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, June 29 through July 3, 2018.
At the 102nd International Convention in Milan, Italy, he was confirmed to serve as the association’s first vice president. Vice President Townsend served as a judge for the past 23 years. A member of the Dalton Noon Lions Club since 1979, he held many offices within the association, including club president, region chair, zone chair, district governor, district librarian, multiple district leadership chair and international director. He served on the international board from 2009 to 2011, and as chair of the Constitution and By-laws Committee (2010—2011).
He also served as a presenter at the USA/Canada forum. In recognition of his service to the association, Vice President Townsend received numerous awards including three Lion of the Year Awards, 15 District Governor Appreciation Awards, the Ervin-Crumbley Award, District 18-A Hall of Fame Award, six International President’s Certificates of Appreciation, two International Leadership Awards, six International President’s Awards, a Membership Key Award and a Knight of Strength Award. Director Townsend is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.
In addition to his Lions activities, Vice President Townsend was active in numerous professional and community organizations. He was the chair of the Dalton-Whitfield Christmas Parade and was honored as the Judge of the Year by the State of Georgia. Vice President Townsend and his wife, Donna, also a Lion and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, have two daughters, Morgan and Madison.
Although we morn his passing, the memory of his service to Lions Clubs International and Lions Clubs International Foundation, will linger in our hearts and minds for the generations to come. Memorials in his honor may be submitted to: Lions Clubs International Foundation 300 w. 22nd Street Oak Brook, IL 60523