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Roger Richert
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  1. Vision Statement: To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.
  2. Mission Statement (Adopted in 1922): To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.
  3. Purpose: As Lions, the purposes of the organization guide us. Our objectives are;
    1. To organize charter and supervise service clubs to be known as Lions clubs.
    2. To coordinate the activities and standardize the administration of Lions clubs.
    3. To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.
    4. To promote the principle of good government and good citizenship.
    5. To take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.
    6. To unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.
    7. 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.
    8. 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.
  4. Code of Ethics:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Whenever a doubt arises as to the right or ethics of my position or action towards others, to resolve such doubt against myself.
    5. To hold friendship as an end & 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.
    6. 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.
    7. To aid others by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak, and my substance to the needy.
    8. To be careful with my criticism and liberal with my praise; to build up and not destroy.
  5. Slogan: LIONS - Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation’s Safety. Motto is: We Serve.
  6. Emblem Symbolism: Two Lions face the (Proud) Past & (Confident) Future.
  7. Official Colors: Purple (Loyalty/Integrity) & Gold (sincerity, liberality, purity & generosity).
  8. LCI Organizational Structure: Member, Club, Zone, Region, District, Multiple District, International Board of Directors, International Headquarters.
    1. Member: an individual Lion joins by invitation. Current International Membership: 46,000 clubs with 1,350,000 members in over 207 countries. 5,700 Leo Clubs with 144,000 members in over 140 countries.
      1. Club Officers: President, Immediate Past President, Vice Presidents, Secretary & Treasurer. Additional structures include; Membership Director, Chairpersons, Lion Tamer & Tail Twister.
      2. President (PP): Responsibilities; Chief executive officer’ of the club, calls meetings of the board and of the club, conducts effective club meetings, appoints standing and special committees, and is an active member of the district governor’s advisory committee. Challenges: conduct efficient and enjoyable meetings, keeping members involved in club activities and events, inspire members to (realize their own potential) achieve level of excellence. Variations include; Past King Lion (PKL) & Past Queen Lion (PQL).
      3. Lion Tamer: Responsibilities; property and paraphernalia of the club (such as flags, banners and gavels).
      4. Tail Twister: Responsibilities; promote harmony, good fellowship, and enthusiasm at club meetings.
    2. Zones: A subdivision of a district consisting of approximately 4-8 Lions clubs within a geographical area. Delegates of the clubs within the zone may elect a zone chairperson, but it is not uncommon for the district governor to appoint the position.
      1. Zone Chairperson (ZC): act as advisors, help solve problems, and identify opportunities for their clubs. They also play an active role in organizing new clubs. Variations include; Past Zone Chairperson (PZC).
    3. Region: Some larger districts are split into regions, consisting of approximately 10-16 clubs (& Zones of 4-8 clubs). Zone chairperson activities are coordinated at the regional level. The region chairperson is responsible for leadership in the region and guides zone chairpersons in their efforts. The position of region chairperson is an optional position within the organizational structure.
    4. District: the association is divided into approximately 750 districts each with at least 35 clubs containing at least 1,250 members (as of 2013), each district is led by a district governor team. Some districts have additional members (depending on the individual district’s constitution and by-laws) but typically contain;
      1. District Governor (DG): Responsibilities; Administer membership growth/new club development. Promote club/district leadership development. Protect association’s registered trademarks. Promote LCIF and service activities of LCI. Preside over cabinet, convention, other district meetings. Ensure clubs function according to Constitution & By-Laws. Monitor club payments and district finances. Promote harmony among clubs. Supervise cabinet officers/district appointees. Perform functions required by the International Board of Directors, District Governor Team (comprised of DG, First & Second Vice District Governor) Manual, etc.
      2. Immediate Past District Governor (PDG)
      3. First Vice District Governor (VDG): Perform duties and functions as assigned by the district governor and International Board of Directors. Conduct cabinet meetings in absence of district governor. Visit clubs as a representative of district governor. Assist the district governor in ensuring that clubs are active and strong. Assist various district committees with strategic plans and goal-setting, including Membership, Extension, Leadership Development and Convention committees.
      4. Second Vice District Governor (VDG): Perform duties and functions as assigned by the district governor and International Board of Directors. Conduct cabinet meetings in absence of district governor and first vice district governor. Assist the district governor and the first vice district governor in district budget planning. Visit clubs as a representative of the district governor. Assist various district committees with strategic plans and goal-setting, including LCIF, Retention, and IT committees. Review health and status of clubs.
      5. Cabinet Secretary
      6. Cabinet Treasurer
      7. Region Zone Chairpersons
      8. District Committee Chairpersons
    5. Multiple District (MD): formed by two or more districts within a territory defined by the International Board of Directors. Districts within multiple districts are referred to as sub-districts. Stand-alone districts are referred to as single districts. Annual district and multiple district conventions allow Lions to elect officers, share best practices, sharpen their leadership skills, and enjoy fellowship and fun.
      1. Council Chairperson (CC): Variations include; Past Council Chairperson (PCC).
    6. International Board of Directors: members are chosen based on their Constitutional Area.
      1. Membership: comprised in two areas;
        1. Members
          1. President (IP)
          2. Immediate Past President (PIP)
          3. First Vice President
          4. Second Vice President
          5. International Directors (ID) & PID
          6. Board Appointees
        2. Full Time Administrative Officers: others (in addition to the following) may be designated by the International Board of Directors.
        3. Executive Director
        4. Secretary
        5. Treasurer
      2. Constitutional Areas: 1. United States of America & affiliates; Bermuda & the Bahamas. 2. Canada. 3. South America, Central America, Mexico & Islands of the Caribbean Sea. 4. Europe. 5. Orient & Southeast Asia. 6. South Asia, Africa & the Middle East. 7. Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia & Islands of the South Pacific Ocean.
  9. International Headquarters: provides resources and support to members.
    1. Location: 300 W 22nd St, Oak Brook, Illinois 60523-8842 - Phone: (630) 571-5466.
    2. Divisions: split into the following 11 divisions;
      1. Club Supplies & Distribution: Offers clubs items marked with the association’s emblem (awards, apparel, banners, pins, plaques and special orders).
      2. International Convention: Works with host Lions in convention cities to plan.
      3. District & Club Administration: Responsible for operations, in 12 official languages, and administration of district governor and club president awards.
      4. Extension & Membership: Implements programs to recruit and retain members and develop new clubs by encouraging traditional and nontraditional club development. Creates materials and supports new member and orientation, as well as the President’s Retention Program.
      5. Finance: Maintains the integrity of the association’s financial and accounting systems and provides financial services.
      6. Information Technology: Monitors and administers all computer systems at headquarters, in India, and in Japan.
      7. Service Activities: Develops Lions opportunities for youth, health, culture and the environment.
      8. Leadership: Provides a variety of leadership development opportunities for current and future Lions leaders, such as the Senior Lions Leadership Institute, the DGE Seminar, and the Lions Learning Center.
      9. Legal: Responsible for association’s legal operations.
      10. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF): As the grant-making arm of the association, LCIF supports Lions humanitarian efforts worldwide.
      11. Public Relations & Communications: Works to share Lions image and stories with Lions, media and the general public via the association’s official web site, the LION Magazine, the International Peace Poster Contest and Lions Quarterly.
  10. Adopted Service Programs: are LCI endorsed service programs & projects which meet 7 criteria & categories;
    1. Criteria: 1. Exemplify motto and are internationally relevant. 2. Meet an important community or humanitarian need. 3. Achieve measurable outcomes which benefit service recipients. 4. Provide hands-on involvement of members. 5. Include leadership roles for Lions. 6. Promote public awareness of mission. 7. Sustainable.
    2. Categories: are;
      1. Community Services: citizenship, cultural, educational, health, public, recreational, and social services (Ex. Crew at Work, Building Homes for the Blind or Disabled with Habitat for Humanity).
      2. Disaster Preparedness/Relief: services to provide planning, awareness, aid, relief, supplies, and other services to victims of disasters (Ex. ALERT Program, Lion-2-Lion - Resource Assistance Database).
      3. Environmental Services: services that aim to preserve the flora and fauna of the planet (Ex. Green TeamEnvironmental Photo Contest).
      4. Health & Wellness: services that include;
        1. Diabetes Awareness & Education: Community EducationDiabetes Screenings, Eye Health Program - LEHP, Recreational Camps for Children & Adults with DiabetesStrides - Walk for Diabetes Awareness.
        2. Hearing Preservation Awareness & Action: Hearing Aid Recycling Program - HARP)Hearing Ear DogsHearing ScreeningsRecreational Camps for the Deaf & Hearing Impaired.
        3. Sight Preservation Awareness & Action: Childrens' Eye Photo Screening (developed countries), Education for the BlindEyeglass RecyclingHelen Keller DayEye BanksLow Vision ProjectsRecreational Camps for the Visually impaired, SightFirst, Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program, Support Services for the Blind & Visually ImpairedVision ScreeningsWhite Cane DayWorld Sight Day.
      5. International Relations: programs that fulfill the Third Purpose of Lions Clubs International; To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world (Ex. Lions Day with the United NationsInternational Club Twinning).
      6. Lions Opportunities for Youth (Programs): committees are established at the club, district, and multiple district levels to promote all Lions youth programs (Ex. International Peace Poster ContestInternational Youth Camp and Exchange ProgramLeo Club ProgramLions QuestYoung Leaders in Service Award).
      7. Lions Services for Children: programs to encourage Lions to help children and young adolescents in adverse circumstances through health and education services (Ex. Children FirstServices for Children Symposium ProgramLions/UNICEF School-in-a-Box Program).
  11. Funds Raised by Public: must be used on the public and community in which the Lions Clubs serve (Foundation Budget). Administration costs must be raised by members (Administration Budget).
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