The International Leadership medal was presented to Ed Kane, owner of Freelance Graphics & Photo of Lakewood, for his design work and video production promoting the 2011 Lions International Convention held in Seattle. The award was presented to Kane by International President Sid Scruggs of Lions Clubs International while enroute to a function at Blake Island on the tour boat Spirit of Seattle. The 2011 Host Committee selected Kane’s logo design from among several submitted. He was then appointed as the public relations chairman on the committee that prepared the way for Seattle being selected as the location for the 94th Lions Convention.
The logo theme was used extensively in promotions and news releases as well as on convention jackets and souvenirs. The video also earned recognition in Sydney, Australia during the 2010 convention. The convention was the third largest in Seattle history, and included a parade said to be the largest in the world. Kane’s designs were showcased on street banners throughout the Seattle Metro area from the Key Arena, along the 5th Avenue parade route and around the Convention Center during the nearly two weeks of the event. In addition, banners were placed in about 40 hotels and at SeaTac Airport welcoming Lions from 100 countries.
Kane is a member of the Lakewood first Lions Club. The printing of banners and other signs were contracted with Lakewood sign maker Larsen Signs and printing company Print Northwest, bringing about $10,000 in business to the City. It is estimated that the 15,000 member convention brought about forty million dollars in business to the Seattle area.