Meetings
Members
2014 - 2015 Officers
Member Role Name Phone Number
President Ruth Straley (304) 884-6842
1st Vice President Mike Walker (304) 884-8870
2nd Vice President Bryan Wilson (304) 626-0999
Secretary Lisa Cvechko (304) 672-3322
Treasurer Ray Smith (304) 695-0488
Immediate Past President Bill White (304) 884-7623
Membership Chair Beth White (304) 884-7623
Tail Twister Charlie Straley (304) 884-6842
Lion Tamer Burl Allen (304) 884-8865
Board of Directors David Cottrill (304) 884-7887
Board of Directors Sheila Frazier (304) 884-7414
Board of Directors Pat Casey (304) 884-7693
Board of Directors Liz Vincent (304) 884-7024

 

JANE LEW LIONS CLUB CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

 The International Association of Lions Clubs

Lions Clubs International PURPOSES TO ORGANIZE, charter and supervise service clubs to be known as Lions clubs. TO COORDINATE the activities and standardize the administration of Lions clubs. TO CREATE and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world. TO PROMOTE the principles of good government and good citizenship. TO TAKE an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community. TO UNITE the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding. TO PROVIDE a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members. TO ENCOURAGE service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.

VISION STATEMENT TO BE the global leader in community and humanitarian service.

 

MISSION STATEMENT TO EMPOWER volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.

 

CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

The Lions Club of Jane Lew, WV

Chartered by and under the jurisdiction of THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LIONS CLUBS

ARTICLE I Name The name of this organization shall be the Lions Club of Jane Lew, West Virginia, chartered by, and under the jurisdiction of the International Association of Lions Clubs.

ARTICLE II Purposes The purposes of this club shall be: (a) To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world. (b) To promote the principles of good government and good citizenship. (c) To take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community. (d) To unite the members in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding. (e) To provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members. (f) To encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.

ARTICLE III Membership

Section 1. ELIGIBILITY FOR CLUB MEMBERSHIP.

Subject to the provisions of Article I of the by-laws, any person of legal majority and good moral character and good reputation in his/her community, may be granted membership in this Lions club. Wherever the male gender or pronoun presently appear in this constitution and bylaws, it shall be interpreted to mean both male and female persons.

Section 2. MEMBERSHIP BY INVITATION.

Membership in this Lions club shall be acquired by invitation only.  Nominations shall be made on forms provided by the international office, which shall be signed by a member in good standing who shall act as sponsor, and be submitted to the membership chairperson or the club secretary, who, after investigation by the membership committee, shall submit the same to the board of directors. If approved by a majority of said board, the prospect may then be invited to become a member of this club. A properly filled out membership form duly signed, as well as dues must be in the hands of the secretary before the member is reported to and officially recognized by the association as a Lion member.

Section 3. FORFEITURE OF MEMBERSHIP.

Any member may be expelled from the club for cause by a two-thirds vote of the entire board of directors. Upon removal from this club, any and all right to use the name "LIONS," the emblem and other insignia of this club and this association shall be forfeited. This club shall remove members whose conduct has been deemed a violation of the International Constitution and By-Laws and Board Policy and unbecoming a Lion by the International Office or otherwise face charter cancellation.

ARTICLE IV Emblem, Colors, Slogan and Motto

Section 1. EMBLEM.                       

The emblem of this association and each chartered club shall be of a design as follows:

Section 2. USE OF NAME AND EMBLEM.

Use of the name, goodwill, emblem and other logos of the association shall be according to the guidelines established from time to time in the by-laws. Section 3. COLORS.

The colors of this association and of each chartered club shall be purple and gold.

Section 4. SLOGAN.

Its Slogan shall be: Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation's Safety.

Section 5. MOTTO.

Its Motto shall be: We Serve.

ARTICLE V Supremacy

The Standard Form Club Constitution and By-Laws shall govern the club unless otherwise amended so as not to conflict with the district (single or multiple) and International Constitution & By-Laws and policies of Lions Clubs International. Whenever there may exist a conflict or a contradiction between the provisions set out in the club constitution and by-laws and the district (single and multiple) constitution and by-laws, the respective district constitution and by-laws shall govern. In addition, whenever there may exist a conflict or a contradiction between the provisions set out in the club constitution and by-laws and the international constitution and by-laws or board policy, the international constitution and by-laws and board policy shall govern. 

ARTICLE VI Club Size

The Jane Lew Lions club should strive to maintain 20 members; the numerical minimum membership required to receive a charter.

ARTICLE VII Officers

Section 1. OFFICERS.

The officers of this club shall be a president, immediate past president, the first and second vice presidents, secretary, treasurer and membership director director and all other elected directors.

Section 2. REMOVAL.

Any officer of this club may be removed from office for good cause by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the entire club membership.

ARTICLE VIII Board of Directors

Section 1. MEMBERS.

The members of the board of directors shall be the president, immediate past president, the vice presidents, secretary, treasurer, membership director and all other elected directors. Section 2. QUORUM.

The presence in person of a majority of the directors shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the board of directors. Except as otherwise specifically provided, the act of a majority of the directors present at any meeting of the board shall be the act and decision of the entire board of directors.

Section 3. DUTIES AND POWERS.

In addition to those duties and powers, express and implied, set forth elsewhere in this constitution and by-laws, the board of directors shall have the following duties and powers: (a) It shall constitute the executive board of this club and be responsible for the execution, through the club officers, of the policies approved by the club. All new business and policy of this club shall be considered and shaped, first, by the board of directors for presentation to and approval by the club members at a regular or special club meeting. (b) It shall authorize all expenditures and shall not create any indebtedness beyond the current income of this club, nor authorize disbursal of club funds for purposes inconsistent with the business and policy authorized by the club membership. (c) It shall have power to modify, override or rescind the action of any officer of this club. (d) It shall have the books, accounts and operations of this club audited annually or, in its discretion, more frequently and may require an accounting or have an audit made of the handling of any club funds by any officer, committee or member of this club. Any member of this club in good standing may inspect any such audit or accounting upon request at a reasonable time and place. (e) It shall appoint, on recommendation of the finance committee, a bank or banks for the deposit of the funds of this club. (f) It shall appoint the surety for the bonding of any officer of this club. (g) It shall not authorize, nor permit, the expenditure, for any administrative purpose, of the net income of projects or activities of this club by which funds are raised from the public. (h) It shall submit all matters of new business and policy to the respective standing or special club committee for study and recommendation to the board. (i) It shall maintain at least two (2) separate funds governed by generally accepted accounting practices. The first fund to record administrative monies such as dues, tail twisting fines and other internally raised club funds. A second fund shall be established to record activity or public funds raised by asking support from the public. Disbursement from such funds shall be in strict compliance with Section (g) of this article.

ARTICLE IX Delegates to International and District Conventions

Section 1. DELEGATE ENTITLEMENT INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION.

Inasmuch as Lions Clubs International is governed by Lions clubs in convention assembled, and in order that this club may have its voice in association matters, this club shall have power to pay the necessary expenses of its delegates to each annual convention of the association. This club shall be entitled in any convention of this association, to one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate for every twenty- five (25), or major fraction thereof, of its members as shown by the records of the international office on the first day of the month last preceding that month during which the convention is held, provided, however, that this club shall be entitled to at least one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate. The major fraction referred to in this section shall be thirteen (13) or more members.

Section 2. DELEGATE ENTITLEMENT DISTRICT/ MULTIPLE DISTRICT CONVENTION.  

Inasmuch as all district matters are presented and adopted at the district (single, sub- and multiple) conventions, this club shall be entitled to send its full quota of delegates to all such conventions and have power to pay the necessary expenses of such delegates attending such conventions. This club shall be entitled in each annual convention of its district (single or sub- and multiple) to one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate for each ten (10) members who have been enrolled for at least one year and a day in this club, or major fraction thereof, of this club as shown by the records of the international office on the first day of the month last preceding that month during which the convention is held, provided, however, that this club shall be entitled to at least one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate. Each certified delegate present in person shall be entitled to cast one (1) vote of his/her choice for each office to be filled by, and one (1) vote of his/her choice on each question submitted to, the respective convention. The major fraction referred to in this section shall be five (5) or more members.

Section 3. SELECTION OF CLUB DELEGATE(S) AND ALTERNATE(S).

The Board of Directors or its designated committee shall name and appoint, subject to approval of the club membership, the delegates and alternates of this club to district (single, sub- or multiple) and international conventions. Eligible delegates must be members in good standing in the club and entitled to vote in accordance with the rights and privileges chart set forth in Exhibit A of this Constitution and By-Laws.

ARTICLE X Club Dispute Resolution Procedure

Section 1. DISPUTES SUBJECT TO PROCEDURE.

All disputes arising between any member or members, or a former member or members, and the club, or any officer on the board of the club, relative to membership, or the interpretation, breach of, or application of the club's constitution and by-laws, or the expulsion of any member from the club, or any other internal Lions club matter whatsoever which cannot be satisfactorily resolved through other means, shall be settled by dispute resolution. Any time limits specified in this procedure may be shortened or extended by the district governor, conciliator or the International Board of Directors (or its designee) upon a showing of good cause. All parties to any dispute subject to this procedure shall not pursue administrative or judicial actions during this dispute resolution process.

Section 2. REQUEST FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND FILING FEE.

Any party to the dispute may file a written request with the district governor asking that dispute resolution take place. All requests for dispute resolution must be filed with the district governor within thirty (30) days after the member knew or should have known of the occurrence of the event upon which the request is based. Each district may determine whether a filing fee will be charged for filing a complaint under this procedure. Any such filing fee must be approved by majority vote of the district cabinet in advance of charging any fee for filing a complaint under this procedure and any such fee shall not exceed US$250.00, or its equivalent in the respective national currency, payable to the district. All expenses incurred relative to this dispute resolution procedure are the responsibility of the district, unless established district policy provides that all expenses incurred relative to this dispute resolution procedure shall be paid on an equal basis by the parties to the dispute.

Section 3. RESPONSE TO COMPLAINT.

The respondent(s) to the complaint may file a written response to the complaint with the district governor within ten (10) days of receiving notice of the complaint. A copy of the response shall be sent to the complainant(s).

Section 4. CONFIDENTIALITY.

Once a complaint has been filed, communications between the complainant(s), respondent(s), district governor and conciliator should be kept confidential to the extent possible.

Section 5. SELECTION OF CONCILIATOR.

Within fifteen (15) days of receipt, the district governor shall appoint a neutral conciliator to hear the dispute. The conciliator shall be a past district governor who is currently a member in good standing of a club in good standing, other than the club which is a party to the dispute, in the district in which the dispute arises, and who is impartial on the matter in dispute and without loyalties to any party to the dispute. The appointed conciliator shall be acceptable to the parties and the district governor shall obtain a written statement signed by each party certifying that the appointed conciliator is acceptable. In the event an appointed conciliator is not acceptable to any party, the objecting party must submit a written statement to the district governor identifying all the reasons for such an objection. If the district governor determines, in his or her sole discretion, that the party's written statement sufficiently demonstrates that the appointed conciliator lacks neutrality, the district governor shall appoint a substitute conciliator as provided above. Upon appointment, the conciliator shall have all authority appropriate and necessary to resolve or decide the dispute in accordance with this procedure.

Section 6. CONCILIATION MEETING & DECISION OF CONCILIATOR.

Upon being appointed, the conciliator shall arrange a meeting of the parties for the purpose of conciliating the dispute. The meeting shall be scheduled within thirty (30) days of the appointment of the conciliator. The objective of the conciliator shall be to find a prompt and amicable resolution to the dispute. If such conciliation efforts are unsuccessful, the conciliator shall have the authority to issue his or her decision relative to the dispute. The conciliator shall issue the decision in writing no later than thirty (30) days after the date on which the initial meeting of the parties was held, and the decision shall be final and binding on all parties. A copy of the written decision shall be provided to all parties, the district governor and, upon request, to the Legal Division of Lions Clubs International. The decision of the conciliator must be consistent with any applicable  provisions of the International, Multiple District and District Constitutions and By-Laws and policies of the International Board of Directors, and is subject to the authority of and further review by the International Board of Directors at the sole discretion of the International Board of Directors or its designee.  Failure to comply with the final and binding decision of the conciliator constitutes conduct unbecoming a Lion and is subject to loss of membership privileges and/or charter cancellation.

ARTICLE XI Club Funds

Section 1. PUBLIC (ACTIVITY) FUNDS.

All funds raised from the public must be returned to public use, including money accumulated from invested public funds. The only deductions that may be made from the activity account are the direct operating expenses of the fundraising activity. Money accumulated from interest must also be returned to public use.

Section 2. ADMINISTRATIVE FUNDS.

Administrative funds are supported through contributions from members through dues, fines and other individual contributions.

ARTICLE XII Amendments

Section 1. AMENDING PROCEDURE.

This constitution may be amended at any regular or special meeting of this club, at which a quorum is present, by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members present in person and voting, provided that the board has previously considered the merits of the amendments.

Section 2. NOTICE.

No amendment shall be put to vote, unless written notice, stating the proposed amendment shall have been published to the member through regular post or electronic means, or delivered personally to each member of this club at least fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the meeting at which the vote on the proposed amendment is to be taken.

Adopted:  June 28, 2011

Amended June 10, 2014

BY-LAWS ARTICLE I Membership

Section 1. MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES.

(a) ACTIVE:

A member entitled to all rights and privileges and subject to all obligations which membership in a Lions club confers or implies. without limiting such rights and obligations, such rights shall include eligibility to seek, if otherwise qualified, any office in this club, district or association and the right to vote on all matters requiring a vote of the membership; and such obligations shall include regular attendance, prompt payment of dues, participation in club activities and conduct reflecting a favorable image of this Lions club in the community. As provided in the Family Membership Program criteria, qualifying family members shall be Active Members and be entitled to all rights and privileges thereof. As provided in the Student Member Program criteria, qualifying student, former Leo and young adult members shall be Active Members and be entitled to all rights and privileges there-of.

(b) MEMBER-AT-LARGE:

A member of this club who has moved from the community, or because of health or other legitimate reason, is unable regularly to attend club meetings and desires to retain membership in this club, and upon whom the board of directors of this club desires to confer this status. This status shall be reviewed each six months by the board of directors of this club. A Member-at-Large shall not be eligible to hold office or to vote in district or international meetings or conventions, but shall pay such dues as the local club may charge, which dues shall include district and international dues.

(c) HONORARY:

An individual, not a member of this Lions club, having performed outstanding service for the community or this Lions club, upon whom this club desires to confer special distinction. This club shall pay international and district dues on such a member, who may attend meetings, but shall not be entitled to any privileges of active membership.

(d) PRIVILEGED:

A member of this club who has been a Lion fifteen or more years, who, because of illness, infirmities, advanced age or other legitimate reason, as determined by the board of directors of this club, must relinquish his/her active status. A Privileged Member shall pay such dues as the local club may charge, which dues shall include district and international dues. He/she shall have the right to vote and be entitled to all other privileges of membership except the right to hold club, district or international office.

(e) LIFE MEMBER:

Any member of this club who has maintained Active membership as a Lion for 20 or more years and has rendered outstanding service to this club, his/her community, or this association; or any member who is critically ill; or any member of this club who has maintained such active membership for 15 or more years and is at least 70 years of age may be granted Life Membership in this club upon: (1) recommendation of this club to the association, (2) payment to the association of US $650.00 by this club in lieu of all future dues to the association, and (3) approval by the International Board of Directors. A Life Member shall have all privileges of active membership so long as he/she fulfills all obligations thereof. A Life Member who desires to relocate and receives an invitation to join another Lions club shall automatically become a Life Member of said club. Nothing herein shall prevent this club from charging a Life Member such dues as it shall deem proper. Former Lioness members, who are now Active members of their Lions clubs or who become Active members of a Lions club on or before June 30, 2007, may apply all of their prior Lioness service toward Life membership eligibility. Lioness members who become Active members of a Lions Club after June 30, 2007, will not be eligible for Lioness service credit for the purposes of Life membership eligibility.

(f) ASSOCIATE MEMBER:

A member who holds his/her primary membership in another Lions club but maintains a residence or is employed in the community served by this club. This status may be conferred by the invitation of the board of directors and shall be reviewed annually.  The club shall not report an Associate Member on its Membership and Activities Report.  An Associate Member may be eligible to vote on club matters, at meetings where he/she is present in person, but may not represent the club as a delegate at district (single, sub-, provisional and/or multiple) or international conventions. He/she shall not be eligible to hold club, district or international office, nor district, multiple district or international committee assignments through this club.  International and district (single, and/or multiple) dues shall not be assessed on the Associate; PROVIDED, however, nothing shall prevent this club from assessing an Associate such dues as it shall deem proper.

(g) AFFILIATE MEMBER:

A quality individual of the community who currently is not able to fully participate as an Active member of the club but desires to support the club and its community service initiatives and be affiliated with the club. This status may be conferred by the invitation of the club's board of directors. An Affiliate Member may be eligible to vote on club matters at meetings where he/she is present in person, but may not represent the club as a delegate at district (single, sub, provisional, and/or multiple) or international conventions.  He/she shall not be eligible to hold club, district or international office, nor district, multiple district or international committee assignment. An Affiliate Member shall be required to pay district, international and such dues as the local club may charge.

Section 2. GOOD STANDING.

Any member who fails to pay any indebtedness due this club within sixty (60) days after receipt of written notice from the secretary shall forfeit his/her good standing and shall so remain until such indebtedness is paid in full. Only members in good standing may exercise the voting privilege and hold office in this club.

Section 3. DUAL MEMBERSHIP.

No person shall simultaneously hold membership, other than honorary or associate, in this and any other Lions club.

Section 4. RESIGNATIONS.

Any member may resign from this club, and said resignation shall become effective upon acceptance by the board of directors. The board may withhold acceptance, however, until all indebtedness has been paid and/or all club funds and property have been returned. All right to the use of the name "LIONS," the emblem and other insignia of this club and the association cease when membership is terminated.

Section 5. REINSTATEMENT OF MEMBERSHIP.

Any member dropped from membership in good standing may be reinstated by the club's board of directors, and will retain their prior Lions service record as part of their total Lions service record. Members that have been dropped from membership for more than twelve (12) months must be approved in accordance with Article III, Section 2 of the Constitution.

Section 6. TRANSFER MEMBERSHIP.

This club may grant membership on a transfer basis to one who has terminated or is terminating his/her membership in another Lions club, provided that a member is in good standing at the time of transfer requested. If more than twelve (12) months have elapsed between termination of his/her membership in another club and submittal of completed transfer member form or current membership card, he/she may acquire membership in this club only under the provisions of Article III, Section 2 of the Constitution.  Members that wish to transfer from this club to another club must submit a transfer form to be completed by the Secretary. The Secretary is obligated to complete transfer form without delay unless the board of directors is withholding acceptance of the member's resignation and transfer due to the member's financial indebtedness to the club and/or failure to return any club funds or property.

Section 7. FAILURE TO PAY.

The secretary shall submit to the board of directors the name of any member who fails to pay any indebtedness due this club within 60 days after receipt from the secretary of written notice. The board shall thereafter decide whether the member shall be dropped from or retained on the roster.

Section 8. ATTENDANCE.

The club shall encourage regular attendance at club meetings and activities. Where a member misses consecutive meetings or activities, the club will make every effort to contact the member to encourage and promote regular attendance. Annual perfect attendance awards are available to members who have attended every regularly scheduled meeting of this club for any twelve consecutive months, otherwise making up any missed meetings in accordance with the attendance make-up rules of the club, if any.

ARTICLE II Elections and Filling Vacancies

The officers of this club, excluding the immediate past president, shall be elected as follows:

Section 1. ANNUAL ELECTION.

Subject to the provisions of Sections 7 and 8 of this Article, all officers, shall be elected annually and shall take office on July 1st, and shall hold office for one year from that date, or until their successors shall have been elected and qualified. The Secretary shall promptly report the newly elected officers to the International Office within 15 days of the election.

Section 2. DIRECTORS ELECTION.

Four at-large directors shall be elected.  One-half of the directors shall be elected annually and shall take office on the July 1st next following their election.  They shall hold office for two (2) years from that time, or until their successors shall have been elected and qualified.  At the first election held after the adoption of this constitution and by-laws, one-half of the directors shall be elected for two year terms and the other one-half of the directors shall be elected for one year terms.

Section 3. ELIGIBILITY FOR OFFICE.

No person shall be eligible to hold office in this club unless he/she is an active member in good standing.

Section 4. NOMINATION MEETING.

A nomination meeting shall be held in March of each year or as determined by the board of directors, with the date and place of such meeting to be determined by the board of directors.  Notice of the meeting shall be published by regular post or electronic means or by personal delivery to each member of this club at least fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the date of the meeting.

Section 5. NOMINATING COMMITTEE.

The president shall appoint a nominating committee which shall submit the names of candidates for the various club offices to the club at the nomination meeting. At this meeting, nominations for all offices to be filled in the succeeding year may also be made from the floor.

Section 6. ELECTION COMMITTEE.

An election meeting shall be held in April or as determined by the board of directors, at a time and place determined by the board of directors. Notice of the election meeting shall be published by regular post or electronic means or by personal delivery to each member of the club at least fourteen (14) calendar days prior the date of the meeting. Such notice shall include the names of all nominees approved at the preceding nomination meeting, and, subject to Section 3 above, a statement that these nominees will be voted upon at this election meeting. No nominations may be made from the floor at the election meeting.

Section 7. BALLOT.

The election shall be conducted by a secret written ballot by those present and qualified to vote.

Section 8. VOTES REQUIRED.

The officer candidate is required to secure a majority of the votes cast by the club members present and voting in order to be declared elected; for purpose of such election, a majority is defined as a number more than one-half of the total valid votes cast excluding blanks and abstentions. If, on the first ballot, and subsequent ballots, no candidate receives a majority, the candidate or tied candidates receiving the lowest number of votes shall be eliminated and balloting shall continue until one candidate receives a majority. In case of a tie on any ballot, balloting shall continue on the tied candidates until one is elected.

Section 9. NOMINEE UNABLE TO SERVE.

If in the interim between the nomination meeting and the election meeting any nominee is unable for any reason to serve in the office to which he/she was nominated and for which office there was no other nominee, the nominating committee shall submit, at the election meeting, names of additional nominees for that office.

Section 10. VACANCY.

If the office of president or of any vice president shall become vacant for any reason, the vice presidents shall advance in office, according to their rank. In the event such provision for advancement shall fail to fill the office of president, or any office of vice president, the board of directors shall hereon call a special election, giving each member in good standing prior fourteen (14) calendar days notice of the time and place, which time and place shall be determined by said board, and such office shall be filled at said election meeting.  In the event of a vacancy in any other office, the board of directors shall appoint a member to fill the unexpired term.  In the event vacancies shall be of such number as to reduce the number of directors to less than the number required for a quorum, the membership of the club shall have power to fill such vacancies by an election held at any regular meeting of the club upon prior notice, and in the manner, specified in Section 11 hereinafter. Such notice may be given by any remaining officer or director, but if none, then by any member.

Section 11. REPLACEMENT OF OFFICERS-ELECT.

In the event any officer-elect, before his/her term of office commences, is unable or refuses for any reason to serve therein, the president may call a special nomination and election meeting to elect a replacement for such officer elect. Fourteen (14) calendar days prior notice of such meeting, setting forth the purpose, time and place shall be given to each member, by mail or personal delivery.  The election shall be held immediately after nominations have been closed and a plurality vote shall be necessary for election.

ARTICLE III Duties of Officers

Section 1. PRESIDENT.

He/she shall be the chief executive officer of this club; preside at all meetings of the board of directors and this club; issue the call for regular meetings and special meetings of the board of directors and the club; appoint the standing and special committees of this club and cooperate with chairpersons to effect regular functioning and reporting of such committees; see that regular elections are duly called, noticed and held; and cooperate with, and be an active member of, the district governor's advisory committee of the zone in which this club is located.

Section 2. IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT.

He/she and the other past presidents shall officially greet members and their guests at club meetings and shall represent this club in welcoming all new service-minded people in the community served by this club.

Section 3. FIRST AND SECOND VICE PRESIDENTS.

If the president is unable to perform the duties of his/her office for any reason, the vice president next in rank shall occupy his/her position and perform his/her duties with the same authority as the president. Each vice president shall, under the direction of the president, oversee the functioning of such committees of this club as the president shall designate.

Section 4. SECRETARY.

He/she shall be under the supervision and direction of the president and the board of directors and shall act as the liaison officer between the club and the district (single, sub- and multiple) in which this club is located, and the association. In fulfillment of this, he/she shall: (1) Submit regular monthly and other reports to the international office of the association on forms provided by the international headquarters containing such information as may be called for by the board of directors of this association. (2) Submit to the district governor's cabinet such reports as it may require including copies of regular membership and activities reports. (3) Cooperate with and be an active member of the district governor's advisory committee of the zone in which the club is located. (4) Have custody and keep and maintain general records of this club, including records of minutes of club and board meetings; attendance; committee appointments; elections; member information, addresses and telephone numbers of members; members club accounts. (5) Arrange for issuance, in cooperation with the treasurer, quarterly or semi-annual statements to each member for dues and other financial obligations owed to this club, collect and turn the same over to the club treasurer and obtain a receipt. (6) Give bond for the faithful discharge of his/her office in such sum and with such surety as determined by the board of directors. (7) Deliver, in a timely manner, at the conclusion of his/her term in office, the general records of the club to his/her successor in office.

Section 5. TREASURER.

He/she shall: (1) Receive all monies, from the secretary and otherwise, and deposit the same in a bank or banks recommended and approved by the board of directors. (2) Pay out monies in payment of club obligations only on authority given by the board of directors. All checks and vouchers shall be signed by the treasurer and countersigned by one other officer, determined by the board of directors. No two officers authorized as signatories may reside in the same household. (3) Have custody and keep and maintain general records of club receipts and disbursements. (4) Prepare and submit monthly and semi-annual financial reports to the board of directors of this club. (5) Give bond for the faithful discharge of his/her office in such sum and with such surety as determined by the board of directors. (6) Deliver, in a timely manner, at the conclusion of his/her term in office, the financial accounts, funds and records of the club to his/her successor in office.

Section 6. MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR.

The membership director shall be the chairperson of the membership committee. The responsibilities for this position shall be: (1) Development of a growth program specifically for the club and presented to the board of directors for approval. (2) Regular encouragement at club meeting to bring in new quality members. (3) Ensuring implementation of proper recruitment and retention procedures. (4) Preparation and implementation of orientation sessions. (5) Reporting to the board of directors on ways to reduce the loss of members. (6) Coordination with other club committees in fulfilling these responsibilities. (7) Serving as a member of the zone level membership committee.

Section 7. LION TAMER.

The Lion tamer shall have charge of and be responsible for the property and paraphernalia of the club, including flags, banners, gong, gavel, song books and button board. He/she shall put each in its proper place before each meeting and return the same to the proper storage area after each meeting.  He/she shall act as sergeant-at-arms at meetings, see that those present are properly seated, and distribute bulletins, favors and literature as required at club and board meetings. He/she shall give special attention to assure that each new member sits with a different group at each meeting so that he/she can become better acquainted.

Section 8. TAIL TWISTER.

He/she shall promote harmony, good fellowship, life and enthusiasm in the meetings through appropriate stunts and games and the judicious imposition of fines on club members. There shall be no ruling from his/her decision in imposing a fine, provided, however, that no fine shall exceed an amount fixed by the board of directors of this club, and no member shall be fined more than twice at any one meeting.  The tail twister (optional) may not be fined except by the unanimous vote of all members present. All monies collected by the tail twister (optional) shall be immediately turned over to the treasurer and a receipt be given.

Section 9. BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

(1)   All actions of the Board of Directors are subject to the approval of the membership.

(2)   The Board of Directors shall have the following duties:

(a)    Cause an audit to be performed at the end of each fiscal year.

(b)   Oversee all planned activities and fund raisers.

(3)   The newly elected  Board of Directors shall propose a budget for the next fiscal year by July 1,

 

ARTICLE IV Committees

Section 1. STANDING COMMITTEES.  

The following standing committees may be appointed by the president, except for the chairperson of the membership committee, who is elected.

(a) Administrative Committees:

Attendance Constitution and By-Laws Finance Information Technology Lions Information Membership Program Public Relations and Communications Greeter Leadership Development

(b) Activities Committees:

Community Services Disaster Preparedness & Relief Environmental Services Diabetes Awareness & Action Hearing Preservation, Awareness & Action Sight Preservation, Awareness & Action International Relations Lions Opportunities for Youth Lions Services for Children

Section 2. SPECIAL COMMITTEES.

From time to time, the president may appoint, with the approval of the board of directors, such special committees as may be necessary in his/her judgment or the judgment of the board of directors.

Section 3. PRESIDENT EX-OFFICIO.

The president shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.

Section 4. COMPOSITION.

All committees shall consist of a chairperson, and subject to Section 2 above, as many members as shall be considered necessary by the president.

Section 5. COMMITTEE REPORTING.

Each committee, through its chairperson, should be encouraged as necessary to report, either verbally or in writing, each month to the board of directors.

 

 ARTICLE V Meetings

Section 1. BOARD OF DIRECTORS REGULAR MEETINGS.

Regular meetings of the board of directors shall be held at such times and places as the board shall determine. board of directors shall meet at least once each month.)

Section 2. BOARD OF DIRECTORS SPECIAL MEETINGS.

Special meetings of the board of directors shall be held when called by the president, or when requested by three (3) or more members of the board of directors, at such time and place as the president shall determine.

Section 3. REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS.

Regular meetings of this club shall be held at times and places recommended by the board of directors, and approved by the club. All meetings shall begin and end, promptly, at the regular set times. Except as otherwise specifically provided in his constitution and by-laws, notice of regular meetings shall be given in such manner as the board of directors deems proper. The Jane Lew Lions Club shall meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at the Jane Lew American Legion unless changed by a membership vote.

Section 4. SPECIAL CLUB MEETINGS.

Special meetings of the club may be called by the president, in his/her discretion, and shall be called by the president when requested by the board of directors, at a time and place determined by the person or body requesting the same. Notice of special meetings setting forth the purpose, time and place shall be communicated to each member of this club, by regular post.

Section 5. ANNUAL MEETING.

An annual meeting of this club shall be held in conjunction with the close of each Lions' year at a time and place determined by the board of directors, at which meeting the final reports of the retiring officers shall be read and newly elected officers shall be installed.

Section 6. ALTERNATIVE MEETING FORMATS.

Regular and/or special meetings of this club and/or board of directors may be held through the use of alternative meeting formats, such as teleconference and/or web conference upon initiation of the President or by any three (3) members of the board of directors.

Section 7. CHARTER ANNIVERSARY.

A charter night anniversary meeting of this club may be held each year, at which time special attention shall be devoted to the purposes and ethics of Lionism, and the history of this club.

Section 8. QUORUM.

The presence in person of one-third of the members in good standing shall be necessary for a quorum at any meeting of this club. Except as otherwise specifically provided, the act of a majority of the members present at any meeting shall be the act and decision of the entire club.

Section 9. BUSINESS TRANSACTED BY MAIL.

This club may transact business by mail (including letters, electronic mail, facsimile transmission, or cable), provided that no such action shall be effective until approved in writing by two-thirds (2/3) of the entire membership of the club.  Such action may be initiated by the president or any three (3) members of said board.

 

ARTICLE VI ANNUAL DUES AS APPROVED BY THE CLUB MEMBERS AT AN ANNUAL MEETING.

Each member of this club shall pay the regular annual dues which dues shall include an amount to cover current international and district (single or sub- and multiple) dues (to defray the subscription price of LION Magazine, administrative and annual convention costs of the association and similar district costs) and shall be paid in advance at such times as the board of directors shall determine.  The treasurer of this club shall remit international and district (single and multiple) dues to the parties, and at the times, specified in the respective international and district (single or multiple) constitution and by-laws.

 ARTICLE VII Miscellaneous

Section 1. FISCAL YEAR.

The fiscal year of this club shall be July 1 through June 30.

Section 2. PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICES.

Except as otherwise specifically provided in this constitution and by-laws, all questions of order or procedure with respect to any meeting or action of this club, its board of directors or any committee appointed hereunder shall be determined in accordance with ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER, NEWLY REVISED, as revised from time to time.

Section 3. PARTISAN POLITICS/RELIGION.

This club shall not endorse or recommend any candidate for public office, nor shall partisan politics or sectarian religion be debated by members in meetings of this club.

Section 4. PERSONAL BENEFIT.

Except to further his/her progress in Lionism, no officer or member of this club shall use his/her membership as a means of furthering any personal, political, or other aspiration, nor shall the club, as a whole, take part in any movement not in keeping with its purposes and objects.

Section 5. COMPENSATION.

No officer shall receive any compensation for any service rendered to this club in his/her official capacity with the exception of the secretary, whose compensation, if any, shall be fixed by the board of directors.

Section 6. SOLICITATION OF FUNDS.

No funds shall be solicited from the club during meetings by any individual or individuals who are not members of the club. Any suggestion or proposition made at any meeting of this club calling for the expenditure of money for other than the regular obligations shall be referred to the appropriate committee or to the board of directors for further review.

 

ARTICLE VIII Amendments

Section 1. AMENDING PROCEDURE.

These by-laws may be altered, amended or repealed at any regular or special meeting of this club at which a quorum is present, by the vote of a majority of the members present in person and voting.

Section 2. NOTICE.

No amendment shall be put to vote, unless written notice, stating the proposed amendment shall have been published to the member through regular post or electronic means, or delivered personally to each member of this club at least fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the meeting at which the vote on the proposed amendment is to be taken.

 Lions Clubs International CODE OF ETHICS

TO SHOW my faith in the worthiness of my vocation by industrious application to the end that I may merit a reputation for quality of service. TO SEEK success and to demand all fair remuneration or profit as my just due, but to accept no profit or success at the price of my own self-respect lost because of unfair advantage taken or because of questionable acts on my part. TO REMEMBER that in building up my business it is not necessary to tear down another's; to be loyal to my clients or customers and true to myself. WHENEVER a doubt arises as to the right or ethics of my position or action towards others, to resolve such doubt against myself. TO HOLD friendship as an end and not a means. To hold that true friendship exists not on account of the service performed by one to another, but that true friendship demands nothing but accepts service in the spirit in which it is given. ALWAYS to bear in mind my obligations as a citizen to my nation, my state and my community, and to give them my unswerving loyalty in word, act and deed. To give them freely of my time, labor, and means. TO AID others by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak, and my substance to the needy. TO BE CAREFUL with my criticism and liberal with my praise; to build up and not destroy. 

THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LION CLUBS 300 W 22ND STREET OAK BROOK, ILLINOIS 60523-8842, USA OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL

 

Amended June 10, 2014

 

 

 

 

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