Nearly two dozen Utah Lions Club members returned recently from Nashville, Tenn., where they learned the ins and outs of holding a national Lions International convention, in preparation for a 1991 confab in Salt Lake City.

Lion Jay Meservy, a past Lions district governor and a member of the Bountiful Lions Club, said the group attended the 14th annual USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum in Nashville and will help Utah Lions hold the 15th annual leadership forum in Salt Lake City in September 1991.Meservy, chairman of the Lions Host Committee for the 1991 forum, has been working on the project for more than five years.

"We are pleased that Lions International will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 1991, so the forum in Salt Lake City should be a big one. The Lions International annual convention will be held in Australia next year, so I expect many Lions will consider that too far away and will come to the annual forum, instead."

He said a committee of Lions from around the United States visited Salt Lake City Oct. 12-14 to familiarize themselves with housing and facilities for the Utah forum.

The 1991 USA/Canada Lions International Leadership Forum is expected to attract nearly 4,000 Lions Club members from the United States and Canada, and their spouses.

"The forum is quite a feather in Utah's cap and a coup for our state's Lions," Meservy said.

The forum will be held Sept. 26-29 in the Salt Palace and will involve local hotels, restaurants and entertainment facilities. "We have had a great deal of help and cooperation from the Salt Lake Visitors and Convention Bureau," Meservy said.

The annual USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum is designed to teach Lions leaders how to start new clubs and build leadership and membership in their clubs and how to conduct fund-raising drives and complete all kinds of civic and charitable projects.

Meservy said all of Utah's approximately 110 Lions Clubs and their nearly 3,000 members will be involved in the forum activities. "We'll have 20 subcommittees, each with a chairman, that will manage transportation, housing, food service, registration, publicity and other duties."

Among the topics to be discussed at the forum, he said, will be drug awareness projects, women in Lionism, stress control and how Lions can become more involved in their communities.