Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada, of Minokamo, Gifu, Japan, was elected to serve as second vice president of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 96th International Convention held in Hamburg, Germany July 5 through 9, 2013.
Vice President Yamada is a neurosurgeon.
A member of the Minokamo Lions Club, Yamada has been a Lion since 1985. He has held many offices in the association, including district governor, and GLT constitutional area vice leader. He served on the international board from 2005 to 2007 as a member of the Executive Committee and the Long Range Planning Committee, then as Vice Chairperson of Convention Committee, and for 2011-2012, served as a board appointee.
In recognition of his service to the association, Yamada has received numerous awards, including the Humanitarian Partners Award, seven International President’s Awards and an Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor granted by the association to its members. He is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.
In addition to his Lion activities, Yamada is chairperson for several organizations including the Social Medical Corporation Koseikai, the Kizawa Memorial Hospital, the Social Welfare Corporation Jikeikai, Nozominooka Hospital and Ajisai Nursing College. He is a standing director of the Japan Hospital Association and an affiliate professor at Gifu University.
Dr. Yamada has been active in the area of international relations, serving as president of the Gifu-Hungary Friendship Association, Gifu-Morocco Association, and Gifu-Salzburg Association. He is a recipient of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary and the Medal of Honor of the Alaouite Dynasty of the Kingdom of Morocco, and an honorary citizen of Beijing City, China, in recognition of his service to international friendship building.
Vice President Yamada and his wife, Dr. Toshiko Yamada, also a Lion and a Melvin Jones Fellow, have one son, one daughter and three grandchildren.