The value of selecting qualified leaders cannot be overstated as it facilitates sound governance and raises the profile of Lions clubs, which inspires the trust of the global community. It is the responsibility of Lions Clubs International (LCI) to provide Lions clubs with an impartial electoral process that yields credible results. Understanding the need to improve the district election process, the International Board of Directors appointed a task force consisting of past international directors to review district election procedures, discuss prevailing issues and develop recommendations for change. Following its one-year appointment, the task force concluded that varied election procedures led to inconsistent outcomes. To that extent, the task force felt mandatory election rules would support a fair, open and transparent election format. After careful consideration, the task force issued recommendations for instituting standardized election procedures— requiring substantial change to the Standard Form District Constitution and By-Laws and board policy. The approved standardized district election procedures include changes to the following areas: • Selection of district committees involved in the election process • Certification of delegates and candidates prior to election • Official call, site change and official report provisions • District convention rules of procedure • The standard ballot form These recommendations were adopted prior to the Hawaii Convention and will be implemented across the organization effective July 1, 2016. The delegates also adopted an amendment to the International By-Laws requiring delinquent dues be paid and good standing acquired no less than 15 days prior to the close of credential certification. This amendment was passed at the international convention in Hawaii and is also effective July 1, 2016. Therefore, LCI encourages each district to review and amend its constitution and by-laws in accordance with these changes. Please review the annotated Standard Form District Constitution and By-Laws available on the Legal Division resource page via the LCI website. Comments or questions can be directed to the LCI’s Legal Division at email@example.com. LCI truly believes these changes will maximize the opportunities available to qualified Lions seeking leadership roles within their district. Please keep an eye out for election-related seminars at area Forums, the Advanced Lions Leadership Institute, the District Governor Elect Seminar as well as the international convention. Material information will be sent to zone, region and district-level leaders and e-learning opportunities will be available to all Lions via the online District Resource Center.
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