Vancouver Lions Club Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a Lion? You have to join a Lions Club to become a Lion— a member of the International Association of Lions Clubs. You can not just join Lions Clubs International; Lions Clubs International is an association of Lions clubs. Members of Lions clubs become members of Lions Clubs International when they are inducted into a Lions Club.

How do I join the Vancouver Lions Club? Membership in the Vancouver Lions Club, as with all Lions clubs, is by invitation. Membership is open to all men and women over the age of 18 who are willing to serve the needs of our community. You need to fill out an application for membership and pay the initiation fees and club dues. A member of the Club will ordinarily sponsor you, although Lions from other clubs can (and do) sponsor new members to the Vancouver Lions Club (and Vancoiuver Lions Club members sponsor new members to other Lions clubs as well). Your application for membership is submitted to the Club's board of directors for approval. Once approved, you will be inducted into the club at a regular club meeting.

How much does it cost to join the Vancouver Lions Club? Annual dues for the Vancouver Lions Club is currently $75.00. Dues are charged for a fiscal year that runs from July 1 through June 30 (and members can pay dues in installments). When you first join the Club, Club dues are pro rated and there is a one–time entrance fee of $25.00. There are also discounts if you are less than 30 years old, are a student, or if you and one or more family members join the Club.

Do I have to pay dues to Lions Clubs International, too? No. You do not pay any dues other than the annual dues to the Vancouver Lions Club. That being said, Lions clubs are charged an annual assessment from Lions Clubs International and from Multiple District 19 Lions for each club member; The Vancouver Lions Club's annual dues are structured to cover the assessments it receives from Lions Clubs International and from Multiple District 19. The annual assessments from Lions Clubs International are $43.00 per capita, and the annual assessments from Multiple District 19 are $18.60 per capita. That means that the Vancouver Lions Club pays out $61.60 in assessments from the $75.00 in annual dues it receives from a regular member. The remaining $13.40 goes to the Club's administrative account to pay for club operations. Note, too, that the Lions Club International assessments for family members and students is 1/2 ($21.50 annually) of regular member dues, and the Club passes on that discount to the dues of its family and student members.

What else do I have to pay to be a Vancouver Lion? There are no assessments or charges you are required to pay to be a member of the Vancouver Lions Club other than dues. The Club's regular meetings are dinner meetings, so there is a charge for dinner if you choose to have a meal (it is not required). Current dinner prices are $18.00 (meals are professionally prepared and presented by dedicated servers, entrée choices vary but always include a choice of beef, chicken or fish). There is usually a “REX” drawing (a 50/50 raffle) at club meetings which you may participate in (the cost is $1.00) if you choose. The Club's TailTwister is always out and about at Club meetings to collect “fines”, auction “prizes”, or to collect “Happy Bucks” for the privilege of addressing the Club. The “fines”, auctions and Club raffles are not burdensome and the money collected goes to the Club's administrative account to pay member expenses to attend conventions, conferences and other functions as a representative of the Club. It is of note that Club operational expenses are paid for only through member contributions and dues— all funds raised by the Club from the public are returned to public, charitable, needs and causes supported by the Club— no public funds are used for Club operations.

What is this Multiple District 19 stuff? The Vancouver Lions Club is a member of Multiple District 19 of Lions Clubs International. Multiple District 19 covers the Lions Clubs located in Washington, Northern Idaho and British Columbia, Canada. It consists of 9 Districts, named as Districts A through I; The entirety of Lions Clubs International is divided into geographic Districts for organizational purposes, about 750 Districts worldwide. Think of Multiple District 19 as a group of 9 Districts that have consolidated their administrative needs into a single office. For the record, the Vancouver Lions Club is in District 19G— District G of Multiple District 19—which covers an area from the Pacific Ocean on the West to Lyle, Washington on the East, and from Vancouver, Washington on the South to Clearwater, Washington (just South of Forks, Washington) to the North. Not to confuse, but District 19G is further divided into 6 Zones, numbered 1 through 6— The Vancouver Lions Club is in Zone 2 (19G–2), the largest Zone in the District with 11 Lions Clubs and nearly 500 Lions.

How do I make a donation to the Vancouver Lions Club? The Vancouver Lions Club established the Vancouver Lions Foundation, a non–profit, §501(c)(3) corporation, as the Club's charitable arm. You may mail donations or contributions in care of the Vancouver Lions Foundation at Post Office Box 441, Vancouver, Washington 98666, or to the Foundation's president if you have any questions or need additional details. Contributions sent to the Vancouver Lions Club that are not specifically earmarked for operations will be donated by the Club to the Vancouver Lions Foundation.

How do I request donations or contributions from the Vancouver Lions Club? The Vancouver Lions Club established the Vancouver Lions Foundation, a non–profit, §501(c)(3) corporation, as the Club's charitable arm. To request funds from the Vancouver Lions Foundation, please: Send a letter to the Vancouver Lions Foundation at Post Office Box 441, Vancouver, Washington 98666, or; Send an email to either the Foundation's president or secretary, with a detailed explanation of the purpose of the request, together with reliable contact information.

Can I help with a project even if I am not a Lion? You may volunteer to help with a service project by: Writing the Vancouver Lions Club at Post Office Box 441, Vancouver, Washington 98666; Sending an email to the committee chair for the service project you want to volunteer for, or; Contacting the Club president.

How do I get the Vancouver Lions Club to adopt a project? If you are aware of a community or a humanitarian need and want to request assistance from the Vancouver Lions Club, either: Send a letter to the Club at Post Office Box 441, Vancouver, Washington 98666, or; Send an email to the Vancouver Lions Club president with a detailed explanation of the project together with reliable contact information.

Where does the money raised by Vancouver Lions Club projects go? All money raised by the Vancouver Lions Club from fund–raising activities is returned to the public through the Club's charitable foundation, the Vancouver Lions Foundation. All club operational expenses are paid for only through member contributions and dues— all money raised by the Club from the public is returned to public, charitable needs and causes supported by the Club— no public funds are used for Club operations.

I still have a question, who can answer it? The Club does not publish member telephone numbers or addresses, for obvious reasons. So, you need to contact the Club through mail or email. If you could not find an answer to all of your questions, or if you just want some more information, check our Contacts page and send an email to the committee that looks like the most likely able to respond to your question. Or, if none of the contacts look like they will work for you, email your question to the Club president.

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picture of club members carying club banner at the relay for life picture of Ned Olson helping at the school for the blind bowling night group picture of club members at adopt a road litter patrol picture of J D Nellor receiving zone chair banner group picture of members at club picnic picture of J D Nellor running zone meeting group picture of club member spouses at club picnic picture of Lnda Bannon rceiving Melvin Jones fellowship picture of student at school for the blind carnival
picture of Judy Verkoelen at 2014 relay for life picture of Louis Verkoelen and Jennifer Patterson at 2012 relay for life picture of Wade Enos standing next to adopt a road sign group picture of club members working at a school for the blind bowling night picture of Ned Olson cooking at a club picnic picture of Larry and Ana Pratt at Octoberfest fund raising event picture of J D Nellor wearing MD 19 lions parade hat picture of Ned Olson and Linda Bannon holding Melvin Jones fellowship plaques