Steering Your Way To Serve
With Rob Hed, 2nd Vice District Governor
Bill Moore, 1st Vice District Governor
Diane Nokk, District Governor
Joseph "Joe" Preston, of Dewey, Arizona, USA, was elected president of Lions
Clubs International at the association's 97th International Convention held in
Toronto, Canada, July 4 through 8, 2014.
President Preston is temporarily retired from the automotive industry. He has over
30 years of experience as a fleet sales manager, and was consistently recognized
by Ford Motor Company for excellence in customer satisfaction, sales and product
A member of the Bradshaw Mountain of Dewey-Humboldt Lions Club, President
Preston has been a Lion since 1974. He has held many offices in the association,
including club president, zone chairperson, district governor, council chairperson
and chairperson of district leadership development, Lions Quest and MERL for
the state of Arizona. He was host chairperson of the 1994 International
Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, chairperson of the 2003 USA/Canada Lions
Leadership Forum, and a national/multinational coordinator for Campaign
In recognition of his service to the association, President Preston has received
numerous awards, including the 100% Club President Award, the 100% District
Governor Award, the Senior Builder Key Award, Life Membership in the
association, nine International President's Awards and the Ambassador of Good
Will Award, the highest honor the association bestows upon its members. He is
also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.
President Preston was recognized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for his
work as a Lion to prevent drug use and abuse among youth.
President Preston and his wife, Joni, also a Lion and a Progressive Melvin Jones
Fellow, have two sons, one daughter and seven grandsons.