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     Carl L. Battistone, of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA, was elected to serve a two-year term as a director of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association’s 81st International Convention, held in Birmingham, England, June 29-July 3, 1998.

     Past Director Battistone is a retired United States Marine Corps fighter pilot.

     A member of the Bethel Park Lions Club since 1981, Past Director Battistone has held many offices within the association,   including club president, district governor and LCIF chairman. In addition, he has served as council chairman, council advisor, state convention chairman and Campaign SightFirst sector coordinator.

     In recognition of his service to the association, Past Director Battistone has received numerous awards, including a Lion of the Year award, the 100% Club President Award, 100% District Governor Award, an International President's Certificate of Appreciation, four International President’s Medals, two International President’s Leadership Medals, an Extension Award, an Advancement Membership Key and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association gives to its members. Past Director Battistone is a Melvin Jones Fellow and a Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation Fellow.

     In addition to his Lion activities, Past Director Battistone is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Marine Corps Association and the Marine Corps Aviation Association.

     Past Director Battistone and his wife, Ruth, have six children and 16 grandchildren.