ACTIVITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS The Myrtle Beach Socastee Lions in South Carolina support the Storm Eye Center and Leader Dogs for the Blind, provide eyeglasses for children and help families in need during the holidays. TheAmherst Lions in New York operate more than 60 eyeglasses collection sites in their community. The Clarkston Lions in Washington sponsor a large Christmas star on a hilltop overlooking their community. Each year the Lions replace its 460 light bulbs and maintain the star throughout the holiday season. In Colorado, the Bayfield Lions launched a three-year campaign to purchase their namesake, Lions Hall. Although the Lions leased and maintained the property for decades, thanks to the “Save the Lions Hall” fundraising campaign, they now own it outright. As part of LCI’s Reading Action Program, the Laveen Lions in Arizona presented 350 backpacks filled with all required school supplies, a book and water bottle to students at a “Back to School” night. The South Carroll Lioness Lions Club in Maryland donated $2,000 to LCIF, enabling two members to become Melvin Jones Fellows. They also collected 3,300 books for children for Make a Difference Day and made 31 blankets for pediatric hospital patients. The Boise Bench Lions Club in Idaho held its 16th annual “Hit the Jackpot” golf tournament in Jackpot, Nevada, enabling the club to donate $20,000 to the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation. The past 60 years have been busy for the South Cobb Lions in Georgia. Highlights include operating Little League ball fields, supporting local schools, providing scholarships, purchasing eye screening equipment, supporting a hospital with donations and equipment and chartering a Leo club. The Hartford Diversity Lions Club in Connecticut held the benefit dinner and dance, “Lions for Lorenzo,” to assist the family of a physically disabled boy in purchasing equipment to ensure his safety and mobility at home. The Cecilton Lions in Maryland teamed up with fifth-graders to prepare care packages for deployed military. The Vancouver Chinatown Lions Club in British Columbia, Canada, raised $33,350 in support of the Lions Measles Initiative. The Southeast Florida Venezuelan Lions Club held its annual dinner gala and presented an award to the mayor of Doral, Florida, for his support of the Lions. In cooperation with the Virdi Eye Clinic, the Davenport Host Lions in Iowa provided free eye exams for 52 people over two days. The neighboring Rock Island Evening Lions Club in Illinois worked with Lenscrafters to provide eyeglasses at no charge. After storing items throughout the year, the Coupeville Lions in Washington hold a garage sale each summer which raises $30,000 for local charities. During election season the Greenfield Lions inTennessee held a nonpartisan “Meet the Candidates” event, inviting all candidates for local and state offices to give brief speeches and meet with community members. Official Notice 2013 International Convention, Hamburg, Germany The following proposed amendments to the International Constitution and By-Laws will be reported to the delegates for vote at the 2013 International Convention. ITEM 1: IN ORDER TO DISTINGUISH THE TITLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS FROM THE TITLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORS, THIS RESOLUTION WOULD REINSTATE THE TITLE OF “EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR” AND ADD THE TITLE OF “SENIOR EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR” AS ADMINISRATIVE OFFICERS. (THIS AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS REQUIRES A TWO-THIRDS VOTE TO ADOPT.) SHALL THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BE ADOPTED? BE IT RESOLVED, That Article V, Section 1 of the International Constitution shall be amended by deleting the phrase “executive director, treasurer, secretary (the executive director, treasurer and secretary shall constitute the administrative officers)” and substituting the phrase “administrative officers.” BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That Article V, Section 8 of the International Constitution shall be amended by deleting the phrase “executive director, treasurer, secretary” and substituting the phrase “administrative officers.” BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That Article III, Section 3 of the International By-Laws shall be amended by deleting the phrase “executive director” and substituting the phrase “senior executive administrator and/or executive administrator.” ITEM 2: A RESOLUTION TO INCREASE THE ONE-TIME FEE PAYABLE BY LIFE MEMBERS TO US$650. (THIS AMENDMENT TO THE BY-LAWS REQUIRES A MAJORITY VOTE TO ADOPT.) SHALL THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BE ADOPTED? BE IT RESOLVED, That Article XI, Section 7 of the International By-Laws be amended by deleting the phrase “US$500” as it appears in this section and substituting the phrase “US$650.”
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