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1 Join Together Existing Community Organizations & Lions Clubs International Be a member of the Lions Clubs family

2 2 Introductions (Insert your picture)A little about me and why I’m a Lion Introductions – tell us about yourself

3 3 The Story of a String – Join Together A single string can break easily Many strings together are stronger Together, we can serve our communities

4 4 Two Roads Lead to Lions Clubs International Option 1 Existing groups of 15 or more people can form a new, self-standing Lions Club Option 2 Existing groups of 5 or more people can form a club branch of an existing Lions Club OR Join Together

5 5 Background Join Together, a special 2-year pilot program, allows existing nonprofit community service groups to apply to for (1) a new Lions Club; or (2) a Club Branch of an existing Lions Club under greatly reduced fees and special provisions. The Join Together Pilot Program will operate in the USA, Canada, Sweden, the British Isles, Ireland and Australia. The expenses for a Lions Club charter are reduced to a flat- rate of US$300 (compared to $650+), and the number of members reduced from 20 to 15. For Club Branches (Option 2), the new member fee is waived. There’s no better time to join the family.

6 6 Overall Benefits to Joining the Lions family Community service groups are faced with three hurdles Expanding Programs/Services: The Well Has Run Dry Complying with Reporting: A Growing Headache Liability Insurance: An Expensive Proposition

7 7 What Nonprofits Can Form a Lions Club? Community Service Orgs. Volunteer Fire Depts. & Military Bases Social Welfare Orgs. Youth Sports Associations Parent/Teacher Groups Community Heritage Alliances Environmental Groups Where’s there’s a need, there is a need for a Lions Club Join Together!

8 8 How do We Get Started? Option 1 – A new Lions Club A Charter Application Form must be completed The organization must be a non-profit in good standing Is over 3 years-old and has people willing to be club officers for the 1 st term Has 15 or more members over legal age Option 2 – A Club Branch A Club Branch (CB-1A) notification form The organization must be a non-profit in good standing Has 3 people willing to be Branch President, Secretary and Treasurer Has 5 or more members over legal age

9 9 Which Option is Best for Us? Option 1 – A new Lions Club Is best for a larger group that has a volunteer ‘pool’ of people to serve as club officers Seeks to be as self-sufficient as possible Has a more direct say on Lions District matters and leadership elections, since it’s an independent Lions Club Is directly eligible for any recognition and awards offered to regular Lions Clubs Option 2 – A Club Branch Is ideal for smaller groups or ones that address very unique community needs Seeks to be part of a ‘parent’ Lions Club for guidance Has its own club officers and gathers at its own preferred time and place Branch President is automatically a member of the Board of Directors of the ‘parent’ club.

10 10 How Does It Really Work? Like most things in life, this is a two-way street. My advice is to ensure you’re helping existing Lions Clubs meet humanitarian needs, so they’ll help your organization when needed. It doesn’t need to involve monetary support, as most of us have an ongoing need for volunteers and hands-on support.

11 11 Join Together – Two Options Summarized Option 1 -- form a stand-alone Lions Club of 15 or more members Option 2 – form a Club Branch, or multiple Club Branches, of 5 or more members per branch, tied to an existing Lions Club.

12 An Overview of Today’s Lions Clubs

13 13 Lions’ Mission To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs. Vision To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service. 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.

14 14 Our Core Values “You don’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else.” -- Melvin Jones, Founder of LCI. When people get together, problems get smaller and communities better. Clubs decide how best to serve their community – flexibility. Led to our motto ‘We Serve’ We feel problems are best solved by a group Clubs are autonomous

15 15 Core Values (Continued) We believe service should be fun, and offer friendship We give opportunities for personal growth and leadership We’re led by our peers, giving everyone a chance to lead Fun & fellowship are important We grow We lead when called upon

16 16 Key Dates  Founded in 1917 in Chicago  1920 – Goes international with first clubs in Canada.  1925 – Helen Keller challenges Lions to become the “knights of the blind” at the international convention; adopt sight as a signature cause.  1945 – LCI is invited to assist in the drafting of United Nations Charter.  1957 – LCI establishes the Leo Program to provide youth an opportunity for personal development through service.  1968 – LCI establishes Lions Clubs International Foundation.  1990 – SightFirst, a global fundraising initiative by LCIF, is launched.  2008 – SightFirst II campaign completed, mobilizing $204 million more to fight preventable blindness and improve vision worldwide.  2010 – Join the fight against measles, a leading cause of preventable mortality in children, blindness, deafness, and disability.  2013 – Launched major measles partnership with GAVI & Gates Fdn.  2017 Centennial Celebration – 100 th Anniversary

17 17 Our Structure in a Nutshell International President Administrative Staff @ HQs District Governors (750 districts) Region Chairpersons (optional) Zone Chairpersons Lions Club Delegates to International Convention Board of Directors 34 International Directors, 6 board appointees, 4 Executive Officers Approximately 300 staff at HQ 750 Lions Districts worldwide 46,000+ Lions Clubs 209 countries & territories Current Int’l dues (Presently $43/year) Add. Field Support Structures: Global Membership Team Global Leadership Team LCIF Steering Cmte & Coordinators 46,000+ Lions Clubs Worldwide 1.35 million Lions, the world’s largest volunteer organization

18 18 Communication Channels to Clubs and Members LION Magazine 10 issues per year English and Spanish from HQ 399,000 circulation 31 other editions around the world Mass email Managed from PR Division Most communication based on member title Social media Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blog English posts, with engagement in many languages Communicating 24/7 and in new platforms with the communications revolution

19 An Overview of Lions Clubs’ Service – “We Serve”

20 20 Lions’ Scope of Service Today The elimination of preventable blindness, vision health, & aiding the blind is our historic commitment, dating back to Helen Keller’s1925 speech to Lions. Now operate the world’s largest program fighting needless blindness globally – SightFirst – restoring sight to 9 million, preventing blindness in 30 million, and constructing 600 eye wards -- all for an average of $6 per person. Life-changing work: 7 out of 10 cases -- out of 40 million cases of blindness -- are completely needless and can be easily prevented. Operate a dozen programs – from guide dog schools, vision screening, to world’s majority of eye banks – to prevent needless sight loss and disability in communities like yours.

21 21 Lions’ Scope of Service Today -- Continued Lions’ Service has grown significantly into 3 more areas: youth development, hunger, and the environment. Clubs can address any humanitarian need in your community. Lions Clubs raise on average $750 million yearly for local projects, decided by the club. Disaster relief, a major commitment by Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), supporting Lions relief efforts. LCI operates 4 special global service action campaigns that serve 8 million people worldwide yearly through the 46,000+ Lions Clubs.

22 22 Best To Hear It From Lions! Hear what our members say about the joy and impact of Lions’ Service

23 23 The Work of Lions Clubs International Foundation Our global foundation – LCIF. See for yourself.

24 24 What are the Needs in Our Community? Let’s take 10 minutes to talk about the unmet needs in this community. If you come from an existing community non- profit, tell us a little bit about its mission, and some of the challenges you may see on the horizon.

25 25 Recap We’re the world’s largest volunteer service club organization, with 1.35 million members in 209 countries/territories. The only one that has grown consistently over the last 7 years. LCI has been around for nearly a century (and preparing for another one). Offers a wide-range of services and programs for all clubs – from club websites, to world-class community service programs, to leadership training and more. Become part of the Lions Club family today! Join Together. Thank You

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