Dr. Edward V. Cordes, of Corning, New York, USA, was elected to serve a two-year term as a director of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association's 79th International Convention, held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 9-12, 1996.

Past Director Cordes is an optometrist in private practice. A member of the Corning Lions Club, Past Director Cordes has been a Lion since 1976. He has held many offices within the association, including club president, zone chairman, district governor and cabinet secretary. He also served as chairman of his district's LCIF, Sight Conservation, SightFirst, Convention and Leadership committees. In 1994, he participated in the

North American Membership Summit. Past Director Cordes is the co-founder of the Arthur P. Darling Low Vision Center and was a director of his multiple district's organization of past district governors.

In recognition of his service to the association, he has received numerous awards, including the 100% District Governor Award, the Membership Advancement Key Award, an Extension Award, the SightFirst Excellence in Effort Award, two International President's Leadership Awards, three International President's Certificates of Appreciation, six 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.

Past Director Cordes is involved in many professional organizations, including serving, by appointment of the Governor of New York, on the State University of New York College of Optometry Council for 19 years and as the councilís chair for nine years. In addition, he was named his state's "Optometrist of the Year" in 1990.

Past Director Cordes' wife, Gail, is also a Lion and Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.