Lions choose Linthicum man as international club president

Good luck catching up to Clement F. Kusiak.

The retired Linthicum engineer, an energetic civic leader, has just become the first Marylander to head the world's largest service club, Lions Clubs International, with 1.4 million members and 46,000 chapters globally.


He's on the road constantly, traversing airports and hotels nationwide to set direction for the group, which mixes civic service, charitable work and business networking.

"I feel excited," Kusiak said.


Kusiak will have little time to savor his election. Sworn in July 9 at the club's 87th annual convention in Detroit, he expects to spend the next 12 months living out of his suitcase.

His work will involve forging partnerships with businesses and foundations, visiting hundreds of Lions and young Leos clubs and following up on the Lions club's largest endeavor, eyesight conservation.

Members of the organization see his appointment as significant - and rare - for the state's 8,000 Lions.

"Because Maryland is not one of your larger states, it will probably be the last time it will happen," said Kent Eitemiller, 2nd vice president of the Freedom District Lions Club in Pikesville.

Kusiak's duties will include setting the future direction for the association and overseeing the Lions Clubs International Foundation and the foundation's SightFirst program.