President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) encouraged the public yesterday to take advantage of every opportunity to help upgrade Taiwan's international profile and defend the country's interests and rights.
Chen made the appeal while addressing a changeover ceremony for the outgoing and newly elected chairmen of Taiwan Lions Clubs. Over 100 representatives from local Lions Clubs attended the ceremony.
Outgoing Chairman Shen Chu-hsiung noted that under tremendous pressure from Beijing, the International Association of Lions Clubs changed the title of Taiwan's chapter into "Taiwan, China" last year.
However, he added that thanks to a series of efforts by its members, Taiwan Lions Clubs obtained the title "MD300-Taiwan."
The president lauded the Lions Clubs for their efforts to safeguard their interests and rights and urged all the Lions Club members to help upgrade Taiwan's visibility in the international arena, just as his wife Wu Shu-chen (
Taiwan Lions Clubs, one of Taiwan's four major international groups, has more than 37,000 members.