Join Together
Existing Community Organizations &
Lions Clubs International
Be a member of the Lions Clubs family
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• A little about me and why
I’m a Lion
• Introductions – tell us
about yourself
The Story of a String – Join Together
A single string can
break easily
Many strings together
are stronger
we can serve
our communities
Two Roads Lead to Lions Clubs International
Join Together
Option 1
Existing groups of
15 or more people
can form a new,
Lions Club
Option 2
Existing groups of 5
or more people can
form a club branch
of an existing Lions
• 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 flatrate 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.
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
What Nonprofits Can Form a Lions Club?
there’s a
need, there is
a need for a
Lions Club
Service Orgs.
Volunteer Fire
Depts. &
Military Bases
Social Welfare
Youth Sports
How do We Get Started?
Option 1 – A new Lions Club
Option 2 – A Club Branch
• 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 1st term
• Has 15 or more members
over legal age
• 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
Which Option is Best for Us?
Option 1 – A new Lions Club
Option 2 – A Club Branch
• Is best for a larger group that has
a volunteer ‘pool’ of people to
serve as club officers
• Is ideal for smaller groups or ones
that address very unique
community needs
• Seeks to be as self-sufficient as
• Seeks to be part of a ‘parent’ Lions
Club for guidance
• Has a more direct say on Lions
District matters and leadership
elections, since it’s an
independent Lions Club
• Has its own club officers and
gathers at its own preferred time
and place
• Is directly eligible for any
recognition and awards offered to
regular Lions Clubs
• Branch President is automatically
a member of the Board of
Directors of the ‘parent’ club.
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
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.
An Overview of
Today’s Lions Clubs
Lions’ Mission
To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs,
encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.
To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.
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
To Unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual
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
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.
Our Core Values
• “You don’t get very far until you start doing something for
somebody else.” -- Melvin Jones, Founder of LCI.
Led to our motto ‘We Serve’
• When people get together, problems get smaller and
communities better.
We feel problems are best solved by a group
• Clubs decide how best to serve their community – flexibility.
Clubs are autonomous
Core Values (Continued)
• We believe service should be fun, and offer friendship
Fun & fellowship are important
• We give opportunities for personal growth and leadership
We grow
• We’re led by our peers, giving everyone a chance to lead
We lead when called upon
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 – 100th Anniversary
Our Structure in a Nutshell
34 International Directors, 6 board
appointees, 4 Executive Officers
Board of
1.35 million Lions, the
world’s largest volunteer
750 Lions Districts
Staff @ HQs
(750 districts)
Add. Field Support Structures:
• Global Membership Team
• Global Leadership Team
• LCIF Steering Cmte &
46,000+ Lions Clubs
209 countries & territories
Current Int’l dues
(Presently $43/year)
Approximately 300 staff at HQ
Lions Club
Lions Club
Lions Club
Lions Clubs
Delegates to International Convention
Communication Channels to Clubs and Members
Communicating 24/7 and in
new platforms with the
communications revolution
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
An Overview of Lions Clubs’
Service – “We Serve”
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
• 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
• 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.
Lions’ Scope of Service Today -- Continued
• Lions’ Service has grown
significantly into 3 more areas:
youth development, hunger, and
the environment.
• LCI operates 4 special global service
action campaigns that serve 8 million
people worldwide yearly through the
46,000+ Lions Clubs.
• Clubs can address any
humanitarian need in your
• 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.
Best To Hear It From Lions!
Hear what our members say about the joy and impact of
Lions’ Service
The Work of Lions Clubs International Foundation
Our global foundation – LCIF.
See for yourself.
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 nonprofit, tell us a little bit
about its mission, and
some of the challenges
you may see on the
• 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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