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LIONS CLUB

CONSTITUTION

AND BY-LAWS

 

 

 

                                        

 

 

 

The Sheboygan Evening

Lions Club

Chartered by

and under the jurisdiction of

 

 

 

 

THE

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

ASSOCIATION

 

OF

 

LIONS CLUBS

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Article Number                                                                                      Page

Lions International Objects                                                                      2

 

 Name, Slogan and Motto                                                                        3

 

 Purposes, Objects, and Organization Plan                                            3,4         

 

III                     Membership                                                                  5,6,7,8

 

IV                    Fees and Dues                                                                   8

 

V                     Resignations                                                                        9

 

VI                    Forfeiture of Membership                                                     9

 

VII                   Officers                                                                         10,11,12,13

 

VIII                  Board of Directors                                                            13,14,15

 

IX                    Elections                                                                              15,16

 

X                     Vacancies                                                                            16,17

 

XI                    Meetings                                                                               17,18

 

XII                   Emblem, Colors, Fiscal Year                                                   18

 

XIII                  Delegates to International, State,

                        and District Conventions                                                          19

 

XIV                  Honorary Mailing List                                                                20

 

XV                   Parliamentary Practices                                                            20

 

XVI                  Amendments                                                                              20

 

By - Laws                                                                                                       21,22,23

 

Sheboygan Evening Lions Club Policies                                                        24,25,26

 

Lions

International

Objects

 

TO CREATE and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.

 

TO PROMOTE the principles of good government and good citizenship.

 

TO TAKE an active interest in the civil, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.

 

TO UNITE the members in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.

 

TO PROVIDE a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.

 

TO ENCOURAGE service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSTITUTION

 

ARTICLE I

 

Name, Slogan and Motto

                                                         

Section A.  The name of this organization shall be the SHEBOYGAN EVENING LIONS CLUB chartered by, and under the jurisdiction of, The International Association of Lions Clubs (hereinafter referred to as “Association”).                                       

 

Section  B.  Its Slogan shall be:  Liberty, Intelligence, and Our Nations Safety.

 

Section C.   Its Motto shall be:  We Serve.

 

ARTICLE  II

 

Purposes and Objects

 

The Objects of this club shall be

 

A.        To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of

            the world.

 

B.        To promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.

 

  1. To take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral

            welfare of the community.

 

D.        To unite the members in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and  mutual understanding.

 

E.        To provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public

            interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian

            religion shall not be debated by club members.

 

F.         To encourage service-minded people to serve their community  without personal  financial     reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors

 

 

STANDARD LIONS CLUB

 

ORGANIZATION PLAN

 

Officers and Directors

(Board of Directors)

 

President

1st Vice President

2nd Vice President

3rd Vice President

Secretary

Treasurer

 

Tail Twister

Lion Tamer

Membership Chairman

2 Directors (First Year)

2 Directors (Second Year)

Immediate Past President

                                     

                                 

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT

Responsible for SERVICE COMMITTEES and LEO CLUB

Report to club first business meeting each quarter.

 

 

SECOND VICE PRESIDENT

Responsible for FUND RAISING COMMITTEES

Report to club at the second business meeting each quarter, but not earlier than the third meeting in the quarter.

 

 

THIRD VICE PRESIDENT

Responsible for OPERATIONS COMMITTEES

Report to club third business meeting each quarter, but not earlier than the fifth meeting in the quarter.

 

 

 

ARTICLE III

Membership

 

Section A.  Subject to the provisions of section B hereinafter, any person of legal majority and good moral character and good reputation in his/her community, may be granted membership in this Lions Club.

 

Section B.  Membership in this Lions Club shall be as follows:

 

  1. ACTIVE:  A member entitled to all rights and privileges and subject to all obligations which membership in this Lions Club confers or implies.  Without limiting such rights and obligations, such rights shall include eligibility to seek, if otherwise qualified, any office in this Club, District or Association and the right to vote on all matters requiring a vote of the membership; and such obligation shall include regular attendance, prompt payment of dues, participation in club activities and conduct reflecting a favorable image of this Lions Club in the community.

 

(2)       MEMBER-AT-LARGE:  A member of this club, who has moved from the community, or because of health or other legitimate reason, is unable regularly to attend club meetings and desires to retain membership in this club, and upon whom the Board of Directors of this club desires to confer this status.  This status shall be reviewed each six months by the Board of Directors of this club.  A

            Member-At-Large shall not be eligible to hold office or to vote in Club, District, or International meetings or conventions, but shall pay such dues as the local club may charge, which dues shall include District and International dues.

 

(3)       HONORARY:  An individual, not a member of this Lions Club, having  performed outstanding service for the community or this Lions Club upon whom this club desires to confer special distinction.  This club shall pay entrance fees and International and District dues on such a member, who may attend meetings, but shall not be entitled to all  privileges of Active Membership.

 

(4)       PRIVILEGED:  A member of this club who has been a Lion fifteen or

            more years, who, because of illness, infirmities, advanced age or

            other legitimate reason, as determined by the Board of Directors of

            this club, must relinquish his/her Active status.

A Privileged Member shall pay such dues as the local club may charge, which dues     shall include District and International dues.  He shall have the right to vote and be entitled to all other privileges of membership except the right to hold club, District or International office.

 

(5)       LIFE MEMBER:  Any member of this club who has maintained continu-

            ous Active membership as a Lion for 20 or more years and has render-

            ed outstanding service to this club, community, or this Association

            or any member of this club who has maintained such continuous

            Active membership for 15 or more years and is at least 70 years of age; or any member of this club who has maintained such continuous Active membership for 20 or more years and has served as an officer of this Association may be granted Life Membership in this club upon:

 

            a.         recommendation of this club to the Association,

 

            b.         payment to the Association of the required fee by this club in lieu of all future dues

                        to   the Association, and

 

            c.         approval by the International Board of Directors.  Nothing

                        herein shall prevent this club from charging a Life Member such dues as

                         it shall deem proper.

 

A Life Member shall have all privileges of Active Membership so long as he/she fulfills all obligations thereof.

 

  1. ASSOCIATE MEMBER: A member who holds his/her primary membership in another Lions Club, but maintains a residence or is employed in the conferring club’s community. This status may be conferred by the invitation of the Board of Directors and shall be reviewed annually by said board. The conferring club shall not report an Associate Member on its Membership and Activities Report.

 

An Associate Member may be eligible to vote on club matters at meetings where he/she is present in person, but may not represent the club, which has conferred Associate Member status, as a delegate at District (Single, Sub-, Provisional and/or Multiple) or International conventions. He/she shall not be eligible to hold Club, District or International office, nor District, Multiple District or International committee assignment through the conferring club.  International and District (Single, Sub-, Provisional and/or Multiple) dues shall not be assessed on the club conferring Associate Member status but shall be assessed by the club in which he/she maintains Active Membership; PROVIDED, however, the local may assess an Associate  such dues it deems appropriate.

 

  1. AFFILIATE MEMBER: A quality individual of the community who currently is not able to fully participate as an Active Member of the club but desires to support the club and its community service initiatives and be affiliated with the club.  This status may be conferred by the invitation of the club’s Board of Directors.  An Affiliate Member may be eligible to vote on club matters at meetings where he/she is present in person, but may not represent the club as a delegate at District (Single, Sub-, Transitional/Provisional, and/or Multiple) or International Conventions.  He/she shall not be eligible to hold club, District or International office, nor District, Multiple District or International committee assignment. An Affiliate Member shall be required to pay District dues.

 

Section C.  No person shall simultaneously hold membership, other than Life or Honorary, in this and any other Lions Club; and no person shall simultaneously hold membership, other than Honorary, in this Lions Club and any other service club of like character.

 

Section D.  Membership in this Lions Club shall be acquired by invitation

only.  Nominations shall be made on forms provided by the International

Office, which shall be signed by a member in good standing who shall act

as sponsor and be submitted to the membership chairman or the club sec-

retary, who, after investigation, shall submit the same to the Board of

Directors.  If approved by a majority of said Board, the prospect may then

be invited to become a member of this club.  A properly filled out member-

ship form and membership fee must be in the hands of the secretary before the member may be officially inducted into the club or be reported to the Association as a club member.

 

Section E.  Reinstatement of membership:  Any member dropped from mem-

bership in this club may be reinstated, within six (6) months from the date of termination of his/her  membership by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.  In the event more than six (6) months have elapsed between such termination and his/her reinstatement application, it will be necessary for him/her to come into the club under the procedure set forth in Section D of this Article III.

 

Section F.  Transfer Membership:  This club may grant membership on a

transfer basis to one who has terminated or is terminating his/her membership in another Lions Club, provided that (1) the application for transfer of membership is received by the secretary of this club within six months following the date of termination of membership in his/her former club; (2) such termination was in good standing; and (3) the applicant provides a statement from the secretary of his/her current or former club, as the case may be, showing his/her record in such former club and (4) such application and statement are approved by the Board of Directors.  If more than six months have elapsed between termination of membership in another club and application for transfer, an applicant may acquire membership in this club only under the provisions of Section E of this Article III.

 

 

 

ARTICLE IV

 

Fees and Dues

 

 

Section A.  Each new, reinstated and transfer member shall pay the entrance fee as currently required by the Association before such member is enrolled as a member of this club and before the secretary may report such member to Lions International; provided, however, that the Board of Directors may elect to waive all or any part of the club portion of said transfer or reinstatement within six (6) months of termination of his/her prior Lions Club membership.

 

Section B.  Each member shall be assessed dues to defray all administration costs of this club, and, in addition, active members shall be assessed meal costs.  Such assessments shall be recommended by the Board of Directors, approved by membership, and are payable quarterly, in advance by each member.  Members other than active shall pay meal costs as they accrue.  Dues of Life Members shall be reduced by the current amount of Lions International assessments per member.  Dispensation of assessments for special situations may be considered by the Board of Directors.

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE V

 

Resignations

    

  

Any member may resign from this club, and said resignation shall become effective upon acceptance thereof by the Board of Directors.  All rights to the use of the name “LIONS,” the emblem and other insignia of this club and this Association shall be surrendered.

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE VI

 

Forfeiture of Membership

 

 

Section A.  The secretary shall submit to the Board of Directors the name

of any member who fails to pay any indebtedness due this club within 60 days after receipt from the secretary of written notice thereof.  The Board shall thereafter decide whether the member shall be dropped from or retained on the roster.

 

Section B.  Any member may be expelled from the club for cause by a two-

 thirds vote of the entire Board of Directors.

 

Section C.  The name of any Active member who shall absent themselves from four consecutive regular meetings of the club, without acceptable cause being given to the attendance committee chairman or the club secretary, shall be submitted to the Board of directors by the secretary at the Board meeting next following the fourth such absence, and the Board of Directors shall decide whether such member shall be dropped from or retained on the club roster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE VII

Officers

 

 

Section A.  The officers of this club shall be a President, Immediate Past

President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Third Vice Pres-

ident, Secretary, Treasurer, Lion Tamer, Tail Twister, Membership Chairman, and all Directors.

 

Section B.  No person shall be eligible to hold office in this club unless he/

she is an Active member in good standing.

 

 

Section C.  No officer shall receive any compensation for any service ren-

dered to this club in his/her official capacity with the exception of the Secretary and Treasurer, whose compensation, if any, shall be fixed by the Board of Directors.

 

Section D.  DUTIES:

 

  1. PRESIDENT:  He/She shall be the chief Executive Officer of this club;                 preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and this club; issue the call for regular and special meetings of the Board of Directors  and the club; appoint the Standing and Special Committees of this club and cooperate with the chairmen thereof to effect regular functioning and reporting of such committees;  see that regular elections are duly called, noticed, and held; and cooperate with, also be an active member of, the District Governor’s Advisory Committee of the Zone in which this club is located.

 

(2)    IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT:  He/She and the other Past Presidents

        shall officially greet members and their guests at club meetings and

        shall represent this club in welcoming all new service-minded people

        in the community served by this club.

 

(3)    VICE PRESIDENTS:  If the President is unable to perform the duties of

         his/her office for any reason, the Vice President next in rank shall occupy

         his position and perform his/her duties with the same authority as the

         President.

 

            Each Vice President shall, under the direction of the President,  oversees the functioning of such committees of this club as the President shall designate.

 

  1. SECRETARY  shall be under the supervision and direction of the President and the Board of Directors and shall act as the liaison officer between the club and the District (Single or Sub-and Multiple) in which this club is located, and the Association, In fulfillment of this,  he/she shall:

 

  1. Submit regular monthly and other reports to the International

Office of the Association on blanks provided by it containing  such information as may be called for therein and otherwise by the Board of Directors of the Association;

 

  1. Submit to the District Governor’s Cabinet such reports as it may

require including copies of regular membership and activities reports;

 

  1. Cooperate with and be an Active member of the District

Governor’s Advisory Committee of the zone in which this club is  located.

 

            (d)  Have custody, keep, and maintain general records of this club,

            of attendance; committee appointments; elections; classifications (if any),

            addresses and telephone numbers of members.

 

(e)Give bond for the faithful discharge of this office in such sum

and with such surety as determined by the Board of Directors.

 

(f)  Have custody and keep and maintain records of minutes of club

            and Board meetings, and records of service for members.

 

(g)  A non-paid volunteer shall publish a bulletin to inform the membership of coming events, new members, and club activities.

 

 

 

         

 

 

(6)       TREASURER shall:

         

  1. Receive all monies and deposit the same in a bank or banks

recommended by the Finance Committee and approved by the Board of Directors;

 

  1. Pay out monies in payment of club obligations only as budgeted

and on authority given by the Board of Directors.  All checks and

vouchers shall be signed by the Treasurer.   Unbudgeted amounts over

 $150.00 must be approved by membership.

 

  1. Prepare and submit monthly and semiannually financial reports        

to the International Office of the Association and the Board of Directors of this club.

 

  1. Give bond for the faithful discharge of this office in such sum

and with such surety as determined by the Board of Directors.

 

  1. The treasurer of this club shall remit International and District

(Single or Sub- and Multiple) dues to the parties, and at the times specified in the respective International and District (Single and Multiple) Constitution and By-Laws.

 

(f)  Issue quarterly, or semiannually, statements to each member for

dues and other financial obligations owed to this club collect, deposit monies, and obtain a receipt therefore.

 

(g)  Have custody, keep, and maintain general records of this club,

 of members’ club accounts, and club receipts and disbursements.

 

(7)       LION TAMER:  The Lion Tamer shall have charge of and be responsible

for the property and paraphernalia of the club, including flags, banners, gong, gavel, song books, and button board.  He/she shall put each in its proper place before each meeting and return the same to the proper storage area after each meeting.  He/she shall act as sergeant-at-arms at meetings, sees that those present are properly seated, and distribute bulletins, favors, and literature as required at club and Board meeting.  He/she shall give special attention to assure that each new member sits with a different group at each meet ing so that he/she can become better acquainted.

(8)       TAIL TWISTER:  The Tail Twister shall promote harmony, good
            fellowship, life and enthusiasm in the meetings through appropriate
            stunts and games and the judicious imposition of fines on club
            members. There shall be no ruling from his/her decision in imposing
             a fine, provided, however, that no fine shall exceed 10 cents,  and
            no member shall be fined more than twice at any one meeting.  The
            Tail Twister may not be fined except by the unanimous vote of all
            members present.  All monies collected by the Tail Twister shall be
            immediately turned over to the treasurer and a receipt be given
            therefore.

 

  1. MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN:  The membership chairman shall be the

chairman of the membership committee.  The responsibilities for this position shall be:

         

  1. Development of a growth program specifically for the club and

presented to the Board of Directors for approval.

 

  1. Regular encouragement at club meeting to bring in new quality

      members.

(c)  Preparation and implementation of orientation sessions.

 

(d)  Reporting to the Board of Directors on ways to reduce the loss of

      members.

 

(e)  Coordination with other club committees in fulfilling these

       responsibilities.

 

            (f)  Serving as a member of the zone level membership committee.

 

 

 

ARTICLE VIII

 

Board of Directors

 

Section A.  The members of the Board of Directors shall be the President, Immediate Past President, the Vice Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, Lion Tamer, Tail Twister, Membership Chairman, and elected Directors.

 

Section B.  Regular meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held monthly at such time and place as the Board shall determine.

 

Section C.  Special meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held when called by the President, or when requested by five (5) or more members of the Board of Directors, at such time and place as the President shall determine.

 

Section D.  The presence in person of a majority of its members shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Board of Directors.  Except as otherwise specifically provided, the act of a majority of the Directors present at any meeting of the Board shall be the act and decision of the entire Board of Directors.

 

Section E.  Duties and Powers:  In addition to those duties and powers, expressed and implied, set forth elsewhere in this Constitution and By-Laws, the Board of Directors shall have the following duties and powers:

 

(1)       It shall constitute the Executive Board of this club and be  responsible for the execution, through the club officers, of the  policies approved by the club.  All new business and policy of this    club shall be considered and shaped, first, by the Board of Directors  for presentation to and approved by the club members at a regular or special club meeting.

 

(2)       It shall authorize all expenditures and shall not create any indebtedness beyond the current income of this club, nor authorize disbursal of club funds for purposes inconsistent with the business  and policy authorized by the club membership.

 

(3)       It shall have power to modify, override or rescind the action of any officer of this club.

 

(4)       It shall have the books, accounts and operations of this club audited  annually or, in its discretion, more frequently and may require an accounting or have an audit made, of the handling of any club funds by any officer, committee, or member of this club.  Any member of this club in good standing may inspect any such audit or accounting upon request at a reasonable time and place.

 

(5)       It shall appoint, on recommendation of the Finance Committee, a bank or banks for the deposit of the funds of this club.

 

(6)       The Board of Directors shall be certain that they are bonded.

 

(7)       It shall not authorize, nor permit, the expenditure, for any administrative purpose, of the net income of projects or activities of this club by which funds are raised from the public.

 

(8)       It shall submit all matters of new business policy to the respective Standing or Special club committee for study and recommendation to the Board.

 

(9)       It shall name and appoint, subject to approval of the club membership, the delegates and alternates of this club to District (Single or Sub and Multiple) and International Conventions.

 

ARTICLE IX

 

Elections

 

The officers of this club, excluding the Immediate Past President, shall be elected as follows:

 

Section A.  A nomination meeting shall be held no later than the last week of January, with the date and place of such meeting to be determined by the Board of Directors and notice thereof mailed to each member of this club at least ten days prior to the time of the holding thereof.

 

Section B.  The President shall appoint a nominating committee which shall submit the names of candidates for the various club offices to the club at the nomination meeting.  At this meeting nominations for all offices to be filled in the succeeding year may also be made from the floor.

 

Section C.  If in the interim between the nomination meeting and the election meeting any nominee is unable for any reason to serve in the office to which he was nominated and for which office there was no other nominee, the nominating committee shall submit, at the election meeting, names of additional nominees for that office.

 

 

 

Section D.  An election meeting shall be held no later than March 15 of each year, at a time and place determined by the Board of Directors, and two weeks prior written notice thereof shall be given to each member of the club by the secretary, by mail or personal delivery.  Such notice shall include the names of all nominees approved at the preceding nomination meeting, and subject to Section C above, a statement that these nominees will be voted upon at this election meeting.  No nominations may be made for the offices of President, First, Second, and Third Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Lion Tamer, Tail Twister, or Membership Committee Person from the floor at the election meeting.  Nominees not elected for the above offices on the first ballot, will automatically be considered candidates for the Board of Directors.  If vacancies on the Board of Directors are for one and two year terms, the candidates receiving the most votes shall fill the two year term, and the next highest for the one year terms.

 

Section E.  Subject to the provisions of the Section H of this Article IX, all officers shall be elected annually and shall take office on July 1st, and shall hold office for one year from that date, or until their successors shall have been elected and qualified.

 

Section F.  One-half of the Directors shall be elected annually and shall take office on the July 1st next following their election, and shall hold office for two years from that time, or until their successors shall have been elected and qualified, with the exception that at the first election held after the adoption of this Constitution and By-Laws, one-half of the Directors shall be elected for two year terms and the other one-half of the Directors shall be elected for one year terms.

 

Section G.  The election shall be by ballot by those present and qualified to vote.  A plurality vote shall be necessary to elect.

 

Section H.  REMOVAL:  Any officer of this club may be removed from office for good cause by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the entire club membership.

 

 

ARTICLE X

 

Vacancies

 

Section A.  If the office of the President or of any Vice President shall become vacant for any reason, the Vice Presidents shall advance in office, according to their rank.  In the event such provision for advancement shall fail to fill the office of President, or First or Second Vice President, the Board of Directors shall thereon call a special election, giving each member in good standing prior two (2) weeks notice of the time and place thereof, which time and place shall be determined by said Board, and such office shall be filled at said election meeting.

 

In the event of a vacancy in the office of Third Vice President, the Board of Directors shall therein call a special election, giving each member in good standing, two (2) weeks prior notice of the time and place thereof; which time and place shall be determined by said Board; and such office shall be filled at said election meeting.

 

In the event of a vacancy in any other office, the President, with approval

of the Board of Directors, shall appoint a member to fill the unexpired term.

 

In the event vacancies shall be such a number as to reduce the number of Directors to less than the number required for a quorum, the membership of the Club shall have power to fill such vacancies by an election held at any regular meeting of the Club upon prior notice, and in the manner, specified in Section B hereinafter.  Such notice may be given by any remaining Officer or Director, but if none, then by any member.

 

Section B.  In the event any officer-elect, before his term of office commences, is unable or refuses for any reason to serve therein, the President may call a special nomination and election meeting to elect a replacement for such officer-elect.  Two (2) weeks prior notice of such meeting, setting forth the purpose, time and place thereof, shall be given to each member, by mail or personal delivery.  The election shall be held immediately after nominations have been closed and a plurality vote shall be necessary for election.

 

 

ARTICLE XI

 

Meetings

 

Section A.  Regular meetings of this club shall be held, no less than twice in each month, at a time and place recommended by the Board of Directors, and approved by the club.  All meetings shall begin and end, promptly, at the regular set times.  Except as otherwise specifically provided in this Constitution and By-Laws, notice of regular meetings shall be given in such a manner as the Board of Directors deems proper.

 

Section B.  Special meetings of this club may be called by the President, at his/her discretion, and shall be called by the President when requested by the Board of Directors, at a time and place determined by the person or body requesting the same.  Notice of special meetings setting forth the purpose, time and place thereof shall be given to each member of this club, by mail or personal delivery, at least ten days prior to the date thereof.

 

Section C.  A Charter Night anniversary meeting of this club may be held each year, at which time special attention shall be devoted to the objects and ethics of Lionism, and the history of this club.

 

Section D.  An Annual Meeting of this club shall be held in May or June of each year at a time and place determined by the Board of Directors, at which meeting the final reports of the retiring officers shall be read and newly elected officers shall be installed.

 

Section E.  The presence in person of a majority of the active members in good standing shall be necessary for a quorum at any meeting of this club.

 

Section F.  Any member who fails to pay any indebtedness due this club within 60 days after receipt from the secretary of written notice thereof shall thereon forfeit his good standing and shall so remain until such indebtedness is paid in full.  Only members in good standing may exercise the voting privilege and hold office in this club.

 

Section G.  Except as otherwise specifically provided, the act of a majority of the members present at any meeting shall be the act and decision of the entire club.

 

 

ARTICLE XII

 

Emblem, Colors, Fiscal Year

 

Section A.  The emblem and colors of this club shall be the same as the emblem and colors of the International Association of Lions Clubs.

 

Section B.  The fiscal year of this club shall be July 1 through June 30.

 

 

ARTICLE XIII

 

Delegates to International and

District (Single or Sub and Multiple)

Conventions

 

Section A.  Inasmuch as The International Association of Lions Clubs is governed by Lions Clubs in convention assembled, and in order that this club may have its voice in Association matters, this club shall have power to pay the necessary expenses of its delegates to each annual convention of the Association, to one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate for every twenty-five (25), or major fraction thereof, of its members in good standing as shown by the records of the International Office on the first day of the month last preceding that month during which the convention is held, PROVIDED, however, that this club shall be entitled to at least one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate.  The major fraction referred to in this section shall be thirteen or more members.  The selection of each such delegate and alternate shall be evidenced by a certificate signed by the President or Secretary or any other duly authorized officer of this club, or, in the event no such club officer is in attendance at the convention, by District Governor or District Governor-Elect of the District (Single or   Sub) of which this club is a member.

 

Section B.  Inasmuch as all District matters are presented and adopted at the District (Single, Sub and Multiple) conventions this club shall send its full quota of delegates to all such conventions and have power to pay the necessary expenses of such delegates attending such conventions.  This club shall be entitled in each annual convention of its District (Single, Sub and Multiple) to one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate for each ten (10) members, or major fraction thereof, of this club as shown by the records of the International Office of the first day of the month last preceding that month during which the convention is held,  PROVIDED, however, that this club shall be entitled to at least one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate.  Each certified delegate present in person shall be entitled to cast one vote of his choice for each office to be filled by, and one vote of his choice on each question submitted to, the respective convention.  The major fraction referred to in this section shall be five or more members.

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE XIV

 

Honorary Mailing List

 

The International Association of Lions Clubs and the District Governor,

Region Chairman, and Zone Chairman, shall be included on the mailing list

of this club.

 

 

ARTICLE XV

 

Parliamentary Practices

 

Except as otherwise specifically provided in this Constitution and By-Laws, all questions of Order or Procedure with respect to any meeting or action of this club, its Board of Directors or any committee appointed hereunder shall be determined in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised as revised from time to time.

 

 ARTICLE XVI

 

Amendments

 

Section A.  This Constitution may be amended at any regular or special meeting of this club, at which a quorum is present, by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members present in person and voting, provided the Board has previously considered the merits of the amendments.

 

Section B.  No amendment shall be put to vote, unless written notice thereof, stating the proposed amendment, shall have been mailed or delivered personally to each member of this club at least two weeks prior to the meeting at which the vote on the proposed amendment is to be taken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BY-LAWS

 

 

No.  1

 

This club shall not endorse or recommend any candidate for public office, nor shall partisan politics or sectarian religion be debated by members in meetings of this club.

 

 

No.  2

 

Except to further their progress in Lionism, no officer or member of this

club shall use his membership as a means of furthering any personal, political, or other aspiration, nor shall the club, as a whole, take part in any movement not in keeping with its purposes and objects.

 

 

No.  3

 

No funds shall be solicited from members of the club during meetings by any individual or individuals who are not members of the club.  Any suggestion or proposition made at any meeting of this club calling for the expenditure of money for other than the regular obligations shall be referred to the Finance Committee or the Board of Directors.

 

 

No.  4

 

Section A.  The following Standing Committees may be appointed by the President.

 

(1)     Administrative Committees

 

            a.  Attendance

            b.  Constitution and By-Laws

            c.  Convention

            d.  Finance

            e.  Lions Information

            f.  Membership

            g.  Program

            h.  Public Relations

            i.  Greeter

            j.  Leadership Development

 

(2)     Activities Committees

 

            a.  Citizenship Services

            b.  Educational Services

            c.  Sight Conservation and Work with the blind

            d.  Health Services

            e.  Social Services

            f.   Recreational Services

            g.  Public Services

            h.  International Services

            i.   Hearing Conservation and work with the deaf

 

Section B.  Special Committees:  From time to time, the President may appoint, with the approval of the Board of Directors, such Special Committees as may be necessary in his/her judgment or the judgment of the Board of Directors.

 

Section C.  The President shall be an ex officio member of all committees.

 

Section D.  All committees shall consist of a chairman and, subject to

Section B above, as many members as shall be considered necessary by the President.

 

Section E.  Each committee through its chairman, shall report, either verbally or in writing, each month to the Board of Directors.

 

Section F.  All problems pertaining to either administrative or activity matters shall be referred to the corresponding committee for study and recommendation to the Board of Directors.

 

 

No.  5

 

Section A.  These By-Laws may be altered, amended or repealed at any regular or special meeting of this club at which a quorum is present,  by the vote of a majority of the members present in person and voting.

 

Section B.  No amendment shall be put to vote unless written notice thereof, stating the proposed amendment, shall have been mailed or delivered personally to each member at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting at which the vote on the amendment is to be taken.

 

 

No.  6

 

Any By-Law except By-Laws Number 1 and 2 may be suspended at any meeting of the club at which a quorum is present by the unanimous vote of all members present.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHEBOYGAN EVENING LIONS CLUB POLICIES

 

 

 

1.         Upon written notice to the Board of Directors, Member at Large                     status will be granted for six months at a time based on each                                    individual case.  Dues shall be assessed as directed by the Board

            of Directors to cover minimum state, International dues, and club

            administrative costs.

 

 

2.         Dues are invoiced quarterly and must be paid upon receipt of                                   statement.  Dues include meals of active members at regular                                 meeting meal rate.

 

 

3.         If a member becomes 30 days delinquent in dues, the Secretary shall        send a reminder letter.  If the member becomes 60 days delinquent                   in dues, he/she may be dropped from membership.  At no time will a                   member be carried beyond 90 days, except at the discretion of the board

            of directors

 

 

4.      Attendance

 

  1. Perfect attendance is achieved by attending 24 club meetings or

functions between  July 1st and June 30th.  Missed meetings can be made up.

NOTE:  The secretary must be notified by members of a make up.

 

  1. Any members missing four meetings in succession without valid

excuse may be dropped from membership.  Illness or business                         obligations are excusable:  however, the secretary must be so                   notified by the member, The Board of Directors will decide on                   each individual case.

 

 

 

 

 

5.         According to Sheboygan Evening Lions Constitution - Article XIII, the club                        has the following policies:

 

  1. State Convention:  1 delegate for every 10 members or major

portion thereof:

 

                 Delegates:         $ 100.00 or expenses, whichever is less

 

            To qualify for reimbursement:

            Each delegate should attend as many convention functions as                                possible such as seminars, general business sessions, District                                    Luncheon, Necrology  Service, etc.  Each delegate will be required to              report to the club on some of the functions they attended.  Each                       delegate must vote in the election, held Saturday, at the close of the      convention.

 

  1. International Convention:  1 delegate for every 25 members or

major portion thereof:

 

                 $300.00 for the President

                 $150.00 for the delegates

                $225.00 per delegate if the President does not attend

         

            To qualify for reimbursement:

            The President and delegate(s) must vote in the election held at the

            end of the International Convention.

 

            C.  District Convention:  1 delegate for every 10 members or major

           portion thereof:

 

              $25.00 per delegate or expenses, whichever is less

 

            To qualify for reimbursement:  The delegate must vote in the District           election.

 

D.  Payment of scheduled reimbursements shall be made after

determination by the board of directors that delegate has

complied with above requirements.

        

 

6.         Priority of delegate selection shall be:  President, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Vice             President, Secretary, Treasurer, Members of the District Cabinet, Board

of Directors (with club seniority having priority), club members with club

seniority having priority.  Alternates will be selected within the above

structure.  If a delegate must be replaced, the alternate must adhere to the

requirements of being a delegate.

 

 

7.         The club officers (President and Secretary) are expected to attend three Zone meetings per year.   Cost of meals for these two members attending Zone meetings are to be paid by the club.

 

 

8.         Charter and Anniversary gifts:  The club may contribute for anniversary

           gifts and at charter nights, to clubs in 27-B1.  Gifts will be subject

             to club approval.

 

 

9.         In honor of the office held, and the duties involved, the club shall pay the quarterly dues for the Secretary and the Treasurer during their term of office.

 

 

10.       A memorial of $25.00 shall be sent to the Wisconsin Lions Founda-

            tion for a deceased member ($10.00 memorial for member’s spouse).

 

 

  1. The club shall make application and pay for life membership in Lions International for any member who meets the following requirements:  continuous Active membership as a Lion for 25 or more years or having continuous Active membership as a Lion for 20 or more years and served a term as President, and rendering outstanding service to this club,
    community, or this association.  Transfer members with 7 or more years of active membership with the Sheboygan Lions shall be eligible.

 

 

12.       Bowling Tournaments - State, District, or Zone:  club will pay the team

entry fee, with any monies made by the team to be retained by the team.

 

 

REVISED 11/07/06

 

 

 

 

 

The Sheboygan Evening Lions Club Constitution & By-Laws have been reviewed, revised, and corrected by the following members of the Sheboygan Evening Lions Club on November 7th, 2006:

 

Lion Ray Petersohn: __________________________________________

 

Lion Lou Cecil: ______________________________________________

 

Lion Andy Giesen: ____________________________________________

 

Lion Bernie Beimel: ___________________________________________

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