Lions Club International
Lions Club International, founded in 1917, is the world's largest service club with 1.3 million members in 45,000 clubs in 205 countries and geographic areas. Worldwide, Lions Clubs are recognized for their service to people who are blind or visually impaired, Helen Keller challenged Lions to become "Knights for the Blind" in 1925. Sight conservation has been a major project since that time. "We Serve" has alway been the motto for Lions Clubs.
To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.
Liberty Lions Club
The Liberty Lions Club was organized in 1939 and has been dedicated to answering Helen Keller's challenge to be "Knights for the Blind". The club provides screening and glasses at no cost to any child whose family may not be able to afford that on their own. The club also contributes to "Sight First", a world wide project to eliminate preventable blindness.
The Liberty Lions Club displays the American Flag at homes and businesses on major patriotic holidays. This program was started in 1996 and has been the primary source for the Lions Scholarship Program. In 2009, the Lions contributed $21,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors of Liberty High School. The club raises funds by operating food concessions at Liberty Memorial Stadium and Trinity Valley Exposition. We sponsor a fish fry each year at the Liberty Jubilee and many other activities. Approximately 90% of the funds raised stay in the local community.
Some of the projects that the Lions sponsor or contribute to include:
Boy Scouts of America Troop 56
Texas Lions Camp
Lions Eye Bank of Texas
Children's Protective Services
Friends in Need
Spirit of Sharing
Liberty Municipal Library
American Cancer Society
Texas Lighthouse for the Blind
What can you do?
Get involved! The Liberty Lions Club is focused on the local community, but through our actions we are helping to change the world. Come and see how you can be a part of this great organization. The Libert Lions Club meets every Monday night except holidays, at 7:00pm at the Liberty Center. Join Us!
He/she is the chief executive officer of the club who presides at all meetings of the board of directors and the club. The president issues the call for regular meetings and special meetings of the board of directors and the club, and appoints the standing and special committees of the club while cooperating with chairpersons to ensure regular functioning and reporting of such committees. He/she sees that officers are elected as provided for by the constitution and by-laws, and cooperates with, and is an active member of the district governor's advisory committee of the zone in which this club is located.
Local Duties Include:
Ensure the new officer elections are completed by April 15.
The incoming President
-appoints all committee heads and Chairmen.
-Coordinates awards banquet
-Attends District P&S meetings
Immediate Past President
He/she and the other past presidents officially greet members and their guests at club meetings and represent the club in welcoming all new service-minded people in the community served by the club.
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/her position and perform his/her duties with the same authority as the president. Each vice president shall, under the direction of the president, oversee the functioning of such committees of the club as the president designates.
He/she is under the supervision and direction of the president and the board of directors, and is the liaison officer between the club and the district (single or sub and multiple) in which the club is located, and the association.
• Submits regular monthly membership reports and other reports specified by the association
• Submits upon request reports to the district governor's cabinet including copies of monthly membership and annual activities reports
• Cooperates with and serves as an active member of the district governor's advisory committee of the zone in which the club is located
• Has custody of and maintains general records of the club, including minutes of club and board meetings; attendance; committee appointments; elections; member information, addresses and telephone numbers of members; members club accounts
• Arranges for issuance, in cooperation with the treasurer, of quarterly or semi-annual statements to each member for dues and other financial obligations owed to the club, collects and turns dues over to the club treasurer
and obtains a receipt
• Gives bond for the faithful discharge of his/her office in the sum and with surety as determined by the board of directors
• Receive all monies from the secretary and deposit the currency in a bank or banks recommended by the finance committee and approved by the board of directors
• Pay the club’s obligations authorized by the board of directors. All checks and vouchers shall be signed by the treasurer and countersigned by one other officer, determined by the board of directors
• Have custody of and maintain general records of club receipts and disbursements
• Prepare and submit monthly and semi-annual financial reports to the international office of the association and the board of directors of this club
• Give bond for the faithful discharge of his/her office in the sum and with surety as determined by the board of directors
Ensures the books for the past year are turned into a CPA for year end taxes and Audits
Lion Tamer (Optional)
The Lion tamer has charge of and is responsible for the property and paraphernalia of the club, including flags, banners, gong, gavel, song books, etc. He/she puts each item in its proper place before every meeting and returns the items to the proper storage area after each meeting. He/she acts as sergeant-at-arms at meetings, seeing that those present are properly seated, and distributes bulletins, favors and literature as required at club and board meetings. He/she ensures that new members are welcomed to the club and sit with a different group at each meeting so that the new members become better acquainted.
Tail Twister (Optional)
He/she promotes harmony, good fellowship, and enthusiasm in the meetings through appropriate stunts, 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 an amount fixed by the board of directors of the club, 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 shall be given. At Liberty Lions all fines go to the Texas Lions Camp.
The membership director is the chairperson of the membership committee. His/her responsibilities include:
• Developing a club membership growth program and presenting the program to the board of directors for approval
• Encouraging the recruitment of new qualified members at club meetings
• Ensuring implementation of recruitment and retention procedures
• Preparing and implementing member orientation sessions
• Reporting to the board of directors ways to reduce the loss of members
• Coordinating with other club committees in fulfilling these responsibilities
• Serving as a member of the zone level membership committee
Board of Directors
The members of the board of directors are the president, immediate past president, vice president(s), secretary, treasurer, Lion tamer (optional), tail twister (optional), membership director, branch coordinator, if designated, and all other elected directors.
The board of directors shall have the following duties and powers:
(1) It is the executive board of the club and is responsible for the execution, through the club officers, of the policies approved by the club. All new business and policy of the club shall be considered and shaped, first, by the board of directors for presentation to and approval by the club members at a regular or special club meeting.
(2) It authorizes 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 has the power to modify, override or rescind the action of any officer of the club.
(4) It ensures that the books, accounts and operations of the club are audited annually or, at 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 the club. Any member of the club in good standing may inspect the audit or accounting upon request at a reasonable time and place.
(5) It appoints, on recommendation of the finance committee, a bank or banks for the deposit of the funds of the club.
(6) It appoints the surety for the bonding of any officer of the club.
(7) It does not authorize, nor permit, the expenditure, for any administrative purpose, of the net income of projects or activities of the club by which funds are raised from the public. It shall submit all matters of new business and policy to the respective standing or special club committee for study and recommendation to the board.
(8) It appoints, subject to approval of the club membership, the delegates and alternates of the club to district (single, sub- or multiple) and international conventions.
(9) It maintains at least two (2) separate funds governed by generally accepted accounting practices. The first fund to record administrative monies such as dues, tail twisting fines and other internally raised club funds. A second fund is to be established to record activity or public welfare monies raised by asking support from the public. Disbursement from such funds is to be in strict compliance with item (7) above.
Committees contribute to the success of a club by concentrating on a specific area and making sure that the club’s goals in that area are met. Typically, committees are formed to focus on areas such as club meeting programs, community service, fundraising projects, club finances, membership development, public relations and constitution and by-laws. Clubs are encouraged to appoint an information technology chairperson to coordinate the club’s use of technology. Clubs may form additional committees as deemed necessary.
Sponsor Duties to New Members:
- Ensure the new member understands meeting protocols
On time to meetings
Cost of meals and is not obligated to eat
Addressing other members as Lion _____
Turning cell phones off
Greet all members
Lions pay their own way
- Understands the role of the Tail Twister
- Invites new members to all events and assists the new member in performing new tasks so that the new member feels free and comfortable to be involved. Some of the events include:
Flags over Liberty
Football program sales
- The new member is familiar with who Liberty Lions are and what they do.
- Understands how officers are nominated and elected and what their roles are.
- How Meeting programs are organized
- How items may be voted on
- How much and how often are dues paid.
- Understands how the Lions Club is structured.
Lions 2017-2018 Club Officers
President – Chris Moorman
1st Vice President – Lance Lawrence
2nd Vice President – Larry Merritt
3rd Vice President – Tim Allison
Secretary – Jody Regen
Treasurer – Paul Newton
Hold Over Directors – Walter Shoaf and Arnold Zamazal
Incoming Directors – James Kevin Leonard and Greg Turner
Lion Tamer – Chris Moorman
Lion Tail Twister – Kristen Regen
Membership Chairman – Craig Wiggins
Immediate Past President – Leon Blackwelder