Jim and Connie Fryar shared their experiences when traveling to Iceland with the Ballinger Noon Lions Club on Thursday, March 30.

Jim and Connie Fryar shared their experiences when traveling to Iceland with the Ballinger Noon Lions Club on Thursday, March 30.

The Fryars were asked to share their experience to this winter wonderland by Ebb Grindstaff, Past International President of the Lions Clubs International.

Jim began the presentation by telling members that there are 47 chapters of the Lions Club, the largest service organization in the world, in Iceland and that there are a total of 1,400 members in country. And the most interesting fact, is that the woman who is in line to become the next president of the Lions Clubs International is a native and resident of Iceland.

Gudrun Bjort Yngvadottir, from Gardabaer, Iceland, was elected to serve as second vice president of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 99th International Convention held June 24-28, 2016 in Fukuoka, Japan.

She is the person in line to become the next International President of the Lions Clubs, and is also a native Icelander. Vice President Yngvadottir is vice director of the Institute of Continuing Education at the University of Iceland.

A member of the Gardabaejar Eik Lions Club since 1992, she has held many offices within the association, including club president, leadership chair, Leo chair, Lions Quest chair, treasurer, vice district governor, district governor, multiple district LCIF coordinator, secretary and leadership development chair and coordinator for the Lions Leadership Institute in Iceland. She also served as a faculty member and presented at numerous Lions Leadership Institutes, Faculty Development Institutes and international conventions.

Both retired educators from Ballinger ISD, Jim and Connie shared the history of the country as well, pointing out that it was discovered in 850 A.D. and colonized in 960 A.D. The Fryars visited Reykjavík as well as many other sites while they were there.

Obviously, the climate is quite cold - the Fryars said it snowed 20 inches before they arrived. The two were able to see the Northern Lights, and took in many sites throughout the country including the Ice Lagoon and Diamond Beach as well as numerous glaciers, waterfalls and even an ice cave.

The two also swam in the Blue Lagoon, which is a geothermal pool.

“People swim year around in the geothermal pools,” Jim said.

The Fryars told the group during the presentation that the people in Iceland were very nice and that they found the country to be “a fascinating place.”