February - March 2007
Dr Ashok Mehta - A Fruitful Life Dedicated to a Cause
Immediate past international president of the International Association of
Lions Clubs during 2005-06, Dr. Ashok Mehta, of Mumbai, India was recently
in London to provide moral support to Lions Clubs in various parts of London.
His theme “Passion
to Excel” summarises the main trait of his character.
Mehta, chairperson and managing director of a company in India, is actively
involved in charitable work in different fields, medical, educational, social
A Lions member since 1963, Dr. Mehta has organised more than 30 eye-camps all
over India and Africa. He mobilised international support during major catastrophes,
including earthquakes and cyclones in India. His peace mission to Pakistan promoted
by Lions of the two nations, added to the spirit of building bridges between
the people of these countries.
Max Mongia with Kokila Mehta and Dr Ashok Mehta
Ashok Mehta erved on the Campaign Sight First International Committee from
1990-95, collecting US$ 150million for the project. He has also presented papers
on sight conservation and other topics at Lions International forums and conventions.
His oustanding leadership and vast contributions to the cause of the Lions
has made him extremely popular with his fellow Lions. He has received many
awards including Lions clubs’ coveted “President’s medallion”,
the Lions International Key Award and Medallion for sponsoring 250 new members
and 19 exension awards for organising new clubs. The Jaycees of Mumbai declared
him “man of he Year” in 1986. The governent of Maharashtra appointed
him to the Senate of Mumbai University where he served on committees for awareness
and prevention, as well as Sheriff of Mumbai for a one-year term in 2001. He
was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in humanities from the university of
the World in Missouri, USA.
In his life-long association with Lions, he has participated in 24 Lions cnventions,
14 USA/Canada Forums, 25 Africa forums and five Lions conferences in far easern
Within the organisation, he has been a member of the faculty at 10 District
Governors-elect schools nd chairperson of the District Governors Orientation
programme at the 75th International Convention in Hong Kong. Dr Mehta, his
wife Kokila, daughter, Sheetal, are all progressive Melvin Jones Fellows. What
can be more substantial proof of their dedication to the causes supported by
the Lions club all over the world!
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