Centennial Celebration Membership Awards Announced Conroe Noon Lions in Texas rang in 2015 with 18 new members, boosting its membership to 299. The club found people who wanted what the club offered. “Helping folks in need” was the answer a new Lion gave when asked why she joined. “Getting to know the good people in the club” was another response. “Service is my passion,” said a third. The hope is that other clubs experience the same success in adding new members as Lions Clubs International’s centennial in 2017 approaches. Lions Clubs International is not leaving membership growth to chance. The Membership Awards Program in conjunction with the centennial has begun. From April 1 to June 30, 2018, Lions and clubs that bring in new members or sponsor clubs will be recognized with attractive pins, certificates and banner patches. “This is a great opportunity to serve by increasing our ability to serve,” says International President Joe Preston of Arizona. “I encourage every Lion and club to be dedicated to enhancing our capability to serve by recruiting new Lions and starting new clubs.” A Lion who sponsors a new member between April 1, 2015, and June 30, 2018, will be recognized as a centennial sponsor and will receive a limited-edition pin and certificate. A Lion who assists in chartering a new club between April 1 and June 2018 also will receive a limited-edition pin and certificate. Multiple Lions can be credited with chartering a new club. The awards program includes progressive levels of recognition. If a new member or new club remains in good standing for a year and a day, the responsible Lion (or Lions) will be recognized as a Silver Centennial Lion and receive another limited-edition pin. A Gold Centennial Lion will be likewise honored if a new member or club remains in good standing for two years and a day. Diamond Centennial Lions are honored for new members or clubs in good standing after three years and day. Good standing means international per capita taxes are paid in full and there is no outstanding balance of $50 or more that is 90 days past due. Silver Centennial Lions also will have their name displayed on LCI’s website. Gold centennial Lions get their name displayed and will be recognized at area forums and at district and multiple district conventions. Diamond Centennial Lions will receive the same recognition as well as be listed in the LION Magazine. Clubs also can achieve various levels of recognition for adding to membership. A Premier Centennial Lions Club is one that inducts at least three new members during 2015, 2016 or 2017. The new members must remain active for two years and a day. Or a Premier Centennial Lions Club is one that sponsors a new club during 2015, 2016 or 2017. The new club must remain active for two years and day. Once the new club has been active for two years and a day, Premier Centennial Lions Clubs receive a banner patch, recognition on the LCI website, a virtual banner recognition and recognition at the international convention, area forums, district and multiple district conventions. A World Class Centennial Lions Club is one that inducts at least three new members each year in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and sponsors a new club during 2015, 2016 or 2017. World Class clubs receive the same honor as Premier clubs but also receive a special award presented by the district governor and a special custom pin for each active club member and will be listed in the LION. Complete details are listed on the LCI website.
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