A N N O U N C E M E N T S

NEW MEMBER KITS FROM LCI – ORDERING & OTHER CHANGES
The new member kits can no longer be ordered online through the LCI Store website. The website now states to call the LCI store to place your order.  Club Supplies Sales Department (Lions Store): 630-571-5466 x440 or Toll Free: 1-800-710-7822  Monday - Friday 8:00AM to 4:30PM CST (Closed Holidays).  Each kit now has an individual blank membership card, but no longer has the new member manual. This was done to save on shipping. The manual is available on the LCI website at this link:
Form NM9.

INVOLVE A U.S. VETERAN PROGRAM
Ask now! The program is still available to the first 5,000 certified U.S. veterans.  Qualifying veterans receive an entrance or charter fee waiver when joining a Lions club. Eligible veterans include retired U.S. military personnel (i.e. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard Services, Marines, National Guard, Navy or Reserves) or those honorably-discharged from these services. Eligible persons may still be enlisted in the National Guard or Reserves. Veterans can be certified by completion of the Involve a U.S. Veteran Program Certification Form

TOGETHER WE CAN GROW   Website 
While service is at the core of what every Lion does, being a Lion is also about leading your club, growing your club, and developing valuable skills that can help strengthen your club. The stronger your club is, the bigger of an impact you can make in your local and global communities. Check out the information available about club growth at this website!

 GUARDIAN AD LITEM PROGRAM IS IN NEED OF BOOKS

Fellow Lions, The Guardian Ad Litem program is in need of books for all school children.  The books will go to children in the program.  These children are presently in foster care due to neglect, abuse etc.  Many are behind in school because of their problems. If your Lions Club or any organization you may be involved in is concerned about illiteracy, please contact your local library.  All the libraries put their older books up for sale.  Sometimes it is ongoing and sometimes they have special sales.  The books are good and usually sell for .25 per book.  The Guardian Ad Litem program in Volusia County is a 501c3 for anyone needing to know.  Lion Ray “Rocky” Siracusa PCC and myself are heavily involved in this project and can give you any more details.

Thanks,

Lion Wendy Wilson

386.738.1020

FLORIDA LIONS FOUNDATION WEBSITE
Announcing a fresh new look at the Florida Lions Foundation For The Blind website. Among the many new features is the availability of fillable Eligibility Application and Projects form. The Foundation is also on Facebook. Those Lions with a facebook account can find them HERE . (posted Feb 7)
 
 !!!  OneBlood BLOOD BANK
 Important Update from Lion Ed Werner (Lockhart Lions Club)
(Lockhart Lions Club), Effective September 2014, One Blood Inc no longer tracks individual accounts. The Lions Blood Bank along with thousands of other accounts are lumped into one. Now, when donating blood, you are giving it to your community. Please keep individual records and have your club post the donations on your Service Activity Reports. What happens to the over 300 pints of blood that were donated to the previous Lions Group A 32? The 300+ pints of blood will be in the One Blood account. Please understand that we always carried between 200-300+ pints available. But remember blood does not keep indefinitely. It's only a paper figure of a snap shot in time. Blood expires! If a Lion or a Lions family member who is not a donor needs blood is it still available to them? Anyone including Lions and their families can receive blood. Everyone would have use of it. You only pay the processing fee. This is not new. There was always a processing fee and that continues. One Blood Inc covers most of Florida and parts of Alabama and Georgia. Other parts of Florida are covered by other Blood Banks. Are any counties in District 35-O NOT covered by One Blood? The only counties in District 35-O not covered by One Blood are western counties. They have their own Blood Banks. One Blood covers 50 counties in Florida. For information concerning mobile and permanent locations or if you wish to sponsor a Blood Drive in your community go online to: www.oneblood.org or call 407-248-5472 I have enjoyed serving as Chairman of the Lions Blood Bank for the past 37 years and I thank all the Lions who have participated in the Blood program and hope you will continue to give the gift of life. If you require any assistance, you can call me, Lion Ed Werner, at 407-920-5401 or eMail; ed247@aol.com.


 !!!  ARE YOU A TISSUE DONOR? www.DonateLifeFlorida.org
This online registry verifies your donor status and makes the exact wishes of registered donors more accessible and current for organ, tissue and eye recovery organizations. (posted December 1)

ARE YOUR LIONS CLUB AND FOUNDATION PROTECTED?
Although most clubs feel their assets are secure, member theft can and does occur. Dishonesty Bonds, also called Crime/Fidelity Bonds, are a form of insurance protection that covers the policyholders for losses that they incur as a result of fraudulent acts by specified individuals. They usually insure an entity (Club/Foundation) for losses caused by the dishonest acts (such as theft) of its members. These insurance policies protect from losses of Club/Foundation monies, securities, and other property.
Policies are available through insurance agencies and are typically written for 1 or 3 years with discounted rates for a multi-year policy. If you have both a club and a foundation, make sure both are named on the policy or take out a separate policy for each. Also your Board of Directors should decide on the amount of the coverage needed to protect the assets of your organization(s). Rates may typically run about $250 for a 3 year policy with $10,000 coverage. Ask your insurance agent to provide you with a quote.
Also, LCI has arranged for a program of supplemental insurance coverage in which Lions Clubs, Districts and other authorized Lions organizations in the United States may apply to purchase certain coverage at discounted rates. Coverage is underwritten by Philadelphia Insurance and QBE Insurance.

STATUTES ON BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR HEALTH SCREENINGS
Provided by Lion Dr. Howard Freeman, MD35 Sight Chairperson
If volunteers don’t spend more than 10 hours a month in child care centers, they do not need background checks. (posted December 1)

LIONS COMMEMORATIVE COIN BILL NOW LAW
The "Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act" was signed into law on Oct. 5, 2012, providing a worthy tribute to the millions of Lions who have served their communities during the last 100 years. The $1 coin will be available in 2017 to celebrate LCI's 100th anniversary. A surcharge of $10 for every commemorative coin sold will be donated to LCIF.
COIN WAITING LIST: Now that the legislation is passed and signed into law, please add your name to the waiting list using this link on the LCI website. (posted October 30)

 

 
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