Young New Jerseyan appointed to Lions International board

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Ojas Chitnis who was appointed to the Lions International Board as a youth representatiive, smiles for a photo at the recent International Convention in Montreal, Canada. Photo: provided by family

A local youth from Edison, N.J., Ojas Chitnis, was appointed to the Lions International Board as a youth representative during their recent International Convention in Montreal. He is the youngest ever and the first American to be a “Leo-Lion Liaison” representing youth around the world, according to information provided by his family.

Lions International board consisting of the International President, Vice presidents, 35 International Directors overlooking the complex operations of this global organization. Since 2017 “Leo-Lion Liaisons” are added to the board to give a voice to the youth. They are appointed by the international president for a term of 1 year.

Leo-Lion Ojas is involved in community service since he was a child. He is passionate about youth empowerment, feeding the hungry and civil rights. He led a food collection and sculpture competition, “Together we CAN”, which received international accolades. During the pandemic he hosted a virtual series of 40 episodes for the leadership skill development for the youth. He was a state officer of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and member of the “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council” of the NJ Special Olympics. He is a NJ Lead fellow and was the captain of his high school varsity tennis team. As a freshman in the George Washington University, he is a member of a business fraternity and founded a Lions Campus club. He served as a membership satisfaction chair of “Leo Club Advisory Panel”, an international committee for the youth group of Lions in 2019-21.

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Lion Ojas has pledged to increase the youth involvement in the leadership of the association and help the underprivileged youth around the world to reach their potential.

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