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Beginning January 1, 2018, club charter applications will only be accepted online via MyLCI. This change will expedite the club chartering process and is in accordance with board policy adopted in October 2016.

Please contact NewClubs@lionsclubs.org with any questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

LCI Website FAQs

HOW DO I DOWNLOAD THE LIONS LOGO AND/OR OTHER LOGOS?

Lions logos are available for download from this website. Please visit the Logos page and follow the instructions. If you do not see a logo you want to use on this page, it is not available for download at this time.

HOW DO I FIND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR ON THE NEW LIONS WEBSITE?

The search bar is the most efficient way to find information on any topic on the site.

Click the Search icon (magnifying glass) at the top right-hand corner of any page on the site.

  1. Type in the keyword, phrase or topic for which you need more info; for example, if you want to download a Lions logo, type in “logos.” Hit Enter on your keyboard.
  2. A list of search results will appear on your screen, with pages from the LCI and LCIF sites that contain the term you typed.
  3. Click on the page that best matches your needs.
  4. If you still can’t find the right page, try typing in a more specific term.


WHY DOES THE WEBSITE LOOK DIFFERENT ON MY COMPUTER MONITOR THAN ON MY SMARTPHONE?

The new Lions website is a responsive design, meaning the pages will adjust in size and layout according to what device you’re using to view the site. All of the same information is still there, whether you’re using your computer, smartphone or tablet.

Find more FAQs about our website.


Assistance/Donations/Service FAQs

HOW DO I REQUEST ASSISTANCE FROM THE LIONS FOR VISION, HEARING, FINANCIAL AID OR SPONSORSHIP?

The Lions programs are funded and administrated locally. To find a club serving your community, use the Club Locator link that appears at the top of home page. This is a directory of all active Lions clubs.

Please note: Not all clubs have a physical location, address or telephone number.

•    Open the Club Locator link. In the Search bar enter only the name of the city. Select the "Search" button.
•    A list of clubs will appear. Next to the Club President’s name may appear an envelope icon. This is an e-mail template. Complete the entire form, describing in detail the assistance you seek.

HOW DO I DONATE EYEGLASSES AND WHAT DO THE LIONS ACCEPT?

The Lions accept new, used, prescription, non-prescription, eyeglasses, safety glasses and sunglasses. Broken or incomplete glasses are not accepted.  Lions Clubs International does not have a recycling program for contact lenses.

Please note: Lions Clubs International headquarters and Lions clubs are legally prohibited from providing a tax receipt for your donation. They also may not suggest a Fair Market Value for glasses donated. We suggest contacting a licensed tax preparer in your community for a Fair Market Value determination.

Walmart Vision Centers
In the United States, you may deposit glasses in the eyeglass collection box at participating local Walmart Vision Centers. Donated glasses are routed to our regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers, where they are processed and stored until needed.

Donating to the Local Lions Clubs / How to Find A Club
The Lions programs are funded and administrated locally. To find a club serving your community, use the Club Locator link that appears at the top of Home page. This is a directory of all active Lions clubs.

Please note: Not all clubs have a physical location, address or telephone number.

•    Open the Club Locator link. In the Search bar enter only the name of the city. Select the "Search" button.
•    A list of clubs will appear. Next to the Club President’s name may appear an envelope icon. This is an e-mail template. Complete the entire form, describing in detail the assistance you seek.

     To learn about the club and its programs, open the link “club website” on the far right side.

HOW DO I DONATE HEARING AIDS?

The Lions accept used hearing aids at designated locations. View the list of Hearing Aid Recycling Program Centers by opening this PDF. Or contact a Lions-affiliated foundation in your region to learn if they have a program.

Please note: Lions Clubs International headquarters and Lions clubs are legally prohibited from providing a tax receipt for your donation. They also may not suggest a Fair Market Value for glasses donated. We suggest contacting a licensed tax preparer in your community for a Fair Market Value determination.

ARE DONATIONS TO THE LIONS TAX DEDUCTIBLE? (U.S. only)

In the United States, the Internal Revenue Service does not allow donations to be claimed if given to LCI Headquarters or given directly or indirectly to our clubs because LCI, along with its clubs, has a 501 (c)(4) status. Tax deductions are permitted if given to any 501 (c)(3)foundation, such as a Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers or a Lions Hearing Aid Recycling Program Center. For residents in all other countries, please check with a licensed tax advisor in your community to learn if donations may be claimed.   


HOW DO I REQUEST A RECEIPT FOR MY DONATION? (U.S. only)

Only Lions foundations may provide a receipt. When making a donation to one of the Lions 501 (c)(3)foundations (recycling centers), we recommend enclosing a brief request for an acknowledgement, an itemized list of your donation and a self-addressed, postage paid envelope.

LCI Headquarters and Lions clubs may not legally provide a tax receipt for your donation or provide a Fair Market Value.

HOW DO I REQUEST EYEGLASSES FOR A MISSION OR HEALTH FAIR?

Both Lions and non-Lions may order glasses from our Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers [LERCs]. Contact any of our LERCs to place an order. Each Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center has a website that describes the procedure for ordering glasses. Please call or write the LERC staff with your questions. View the list of Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers.
 

Legal FAQs

DOES OUR CLUB HAVE INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR OUR EVENT?

The International Association of Lions Clubs has a program of Commercial General Liability Insurance that covers Lions on a worldwide basis. All clubs (including Leo and Lioness), districts and Lions approved foundations are automatically insured.  Certificates of Insurance provide evidence of the coverage provided. The General Liability Program Summary describes the coverage afforded, including who is insured by this coverage as well as some coverage basics and exclusions.

HOW DO I OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE?

A certificate of insurance may be obtained by clicking here. Alternatively, Lions Clubs International’s insurance broker, DSP Insurance Services, will prepare a certificate for your club. You can contact their office at 1-800-316-6705.  

WHAT IS THE TAX STATUS OF MY LIONS CLUB? (U.S. only)

Lions Clubs organized and chartered within the United States are included under the group tax exemption maintained by Lions Clubs International.  The tax exemption falls under IRS Code Section 501(c) 4, group tax exemption number 0239.   You can email the Legal Division at legal@lionsclubs.org for copies of the tax determination letters issued by the Internal Revenue Service.

CAN MY CLUB CHANGE ITS TAX STATUS TO AN IRS CODE SECTION 501(c)3 EXEMPTION? (U.S. only)

No.  The purposes of Lions Clubs do not qualify for exemption under IRS Code Section 501(c)3.  These purposes may not be changed as they are consistent throughout our organization.  However, clubs and districts (single, sub- and multiple) can set-up a charitable organization, known as a foundation, to qualify for the IRS Code Section 501(c)3.  Additional information is available on the Legal Division’s Resources Page of the website.


HOW MANY DELEGATES IS MY CLUB ENTITLED TO FOR THE DISTRICT CONVENTION?    

The number of delegates and alternates are based on the number of members enrolled in your club for at least one year and one day as shown on the records of the international office. All newly chartered clubs are entitled to one delegate and one alternate.  Please refer to Article IX, Section 3 of International By-Laws. 

ARE TRANSFER MEMBERS INCLUDED FOR PURPOSES OF CALCULATING THE NUMBER OF DELEGATES?

A transferee shall be counted as a member for the purpose of calculating the delegate entitlement of the club if the transferee has been a member of receiving transfer club for at least one year and one day.

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR REMOVAL OF A CLUB MEMBER?

Article III, Section 3 of the Standard Form Lions Club Constitution provides:  Any member may be expelled from the club for cause by a two-thirds vote of the entire board of directors. 

HOW DO I OBTAIN A COPY OF THE CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS?

The constitutions and by-laws (International, Multiple District, District and Lions Club) are available to be downloaded from the Legal Division’s resource page.

DO I NEED PERMISSION TO USE THE LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL EMBLEM?

Lions Clubs International has a legal obligation to protect the registered trademarks of Lions Clubs International. The International Board of Directors has adopted policies which define the LCI trademarks and to provide Lions club members with guidelines on how and when the trademarks can be used.  You can review these guidelines by clicking here. 

CAN MY LIONS CLUB PRINT T-SHIRTS WITH THE LIONS EMBLEM?

Lions are automatically granted permission to use, purchase, sell, manufacture or distribute apparel items excluding vests with LCI trademarks when each individual item does not exceed 30 in one fiscal year.  Lions clubs exceeding 30 members have been automatically granted permission to use the LCI trademarks when the apparel items, excluding vests, do not exceed the total number of club members. For use on other items, please review the trademark policies.


WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS TO RUN FOR DISTRICT GOVERNOR, FIRST OR SECOND VICE DISTRICT GOVERNOR?

The qualifications for these offices can be found in the International By-Laws, Article IX, Sections 4, 6(b) and 6(c) – District Conventions and Elections. The district nominating committee, appointed in accordance with the district constitution and by-laws, is responsible for determining whether the candidate has met the qualifications set forth above. 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ADMINISTRATIVE FUNDS VS. PUBLIC/ACTIVITY FUNDS?

Generally speaking, public funds are net earnings of income raised from activities open to the public. Administrative funds are contributions from Lions through dues, fines, rental fees and other individual Lions Contributions. Further information related to the use of funds can be found in the Use of Funds Policy and Use of Funds Policy FAQ on the Legal Division web page.


CAN PUBLIC FUNDS BE USED TO RECOGNIZE A CLUB MEMBER WITH A MELVIN JONES FELLOWSHIP?

Yes, the Melvin Jones Fellowship (MJF) recognizes donations of US$1,000.  A club and/or district (single, sub- and multiple) may donate public funds to LCIF and recognize a member of the club as an honor.

IS PROXY VOTING ALLOWED?

Proxy voting is strictly prohibited in club, district (single, sub- and multiple) and association affairs.

I WAS REMOVED FROM MY CLUB WITHOUT MY KNOWLEDGE. WHAT RECOURSE DO I HAVE?

All disputes relating to membership, club and district boundaries, policies and interpretation of a club, district multiple district constitution and by-laws are types of disputes that would be proper under the Dispute Resolution Procedures.  In determining which DRP is appropriate, the parties should consider the scope of the issue in dispute and whether it is a club, district or multiple district matter. You can review the dispute resolutions procedures and the dispute resolution guidelines by clicking here. 


Other FAQs

HOW DO I RECEIVE A PRINTED VERSION OF THE LION MAGAZINE?

To receive the LION Magazine, please contact the Member Service Center by emailing MemberServiceCenter@lionsclubs.org.  

HOW DO I MAKE CHANGES TO MY MAILING ADDRESS?

Please contact the Member Service Center by emailing MemberServiceCenter@lionsclubs.org.

WHERE AND WHEN IS THE NEXT ADVANCED LIONS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (ALLI), EMERGING LIONS LEADERSHIP INSTITITUE (ELLI) OR FACULTY DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (FDI) IN MY CONSTITUTIONAL AREA?

Details about these three types of institute (including dates, location, languages of instruction, qualifications, application materials, and deadlines) can be found in the Development Programs section of the Leadership Resource Center.

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