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.2018 District Convention will be held May 3-6, 2018 in Laughlin, Nevada.






Official District Governor Visitation Schedule 2017-2018 

Here is the schedule

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Official District Governor Visitation Schedule 2017-2018



Lions Youth Exchange Program 

The Lions Youth Exchange Program is one of Lions’ International's biggest peace programs. In order to make our goal a reality, we must find students to go on this program. We also need host families who are willing to take these students during the summer for a two week period. Without your help in promoting this program, our dream may never occur. The program is open to anyone between the ages of 15 ½ to 21 years old. It is a natural progression for all students participating in our student speaker contests and our Leos to go onto the Lions ’Youth Exchange program. The more Lions programs we can keep our children involved in, the greater our chances of them becoming Lions themselves. 

As for our Peace Poster contestants, although they are a little young for this program now, all Peace Poster committee people should relate the Youth Exchange Program to them. This is so they can “save their pennies and get excited about participating in this program. 

Please download and make as many copies as possible of the attached Youth Exchange Flyer to give out to all students you meet. 
Please also go onto our website at MD4Lions.orgclick on "Web Links for Lions", scroll down, and click on “Youth Exchange Foundation” for a better understanding of this program. 

Thank you Lion Eileen 
Youth Exchange Committee



Student Speakers Contest 2018 Topic and Dates

Update 2018.01.26 

The Student Speakers Foundation serves all of California, and provides the $103,500 in Scholarship funds for the Student Speakers Contest.  Many of you know this is a special project for me, but I assure you that we all are fulfilled by the Student Speakers themselves, and we should all be very proud of this Statewide Project.  I know there are many Clubs who participate in the Student Speakers Contest, and we all need to shoulder some of the responsibility for the donations needed to keep the Student Speakers Foundation on solid ground.  Just as we donate to other causes, please take careful consideration of this one, and if you Club can, please donate.  Even if you or your Club can only make a small donation, as we all know small donations do add up.  I know that we have Clubs who are not participating in the Student Speakers Contest for one reason or another, and I ask those Clubs to attend another Club’s Contest.  All Lions should consider attending Zone and Region Contests to support out Lions, and the Student Speakers themselves. 

A very good opportunity to see a Region Contest this year is at the Desert Region Meeting, March 17th.  I especially hope the Clubs in the Desert Region attend to support not only the Meeting itself, but the Contest as well.  This special treat for our Lions is a wonderful opportunity to see just how far Students come from the Club Level Contests, and the winner of each Region Contest goes on to compete at the District Level Contest where the first scholarship funds ($4,500) is awarded.

Please keep the Student Speakers Foundation in mind when honoring a community leader, teacher, maybe a long time judge, or a deserving Lion.

Both Lion Dorene and I are “All Fellows” possessing the Harry Aslan, Dwight Stanford, Don Snyder, and Fred Smith Fellowships because we truly believe in the Student Speakers Contest.  There is also a Banner Patch available and the Al Ohrmund  Supporter Award.

Please look at the Student Speakers Foundation website, or you can go to the MD-4 website and follow the link for the Student Speakers Contest.

Let’s continue to reach our goal of $7,000 as in years past, and please do attend Student Speakers Contests!!!

DG Steven


Hello everyone,

Please forward this information to your club student speakers chair.  I am looking forward to another great year in our district's participation in the student speakers contest.  As I promised at our Valley Region meeting, you will hear from me frequently about the student speakers contest. :) I am here to help you to get started, to find students, or to find judges.  

It is time for you to pick a date for your club contest!  Region and Zone Chairs, it is also time for you to pick a date for your region/zone contests!  Please see below for the contest deadline dates​​, and for information about the District, Area, and Multiple District contests.  

Please send me your dates and I will compile a list for our district.  

This year's topic: Integrity and Civility Play What Role in Today’s Society?

On or before Monday, February 26, 2018                                Club Contest
On or before Monday, March 19, 2018                                    Zone Contest 
On or before Monday, April 9 2018                                         Region Contest
Saturday, April 14, 2018                                                    District Contest (location TBD)
On or before Monday, May 21, 2018                                       Area Contest 
June 9, 2018                                                                      MD-4 Final Contest (Wyndham Hotel, Visalia, CA)

Here is a most up to date student speakers contest dates flyer.

 Very truly yours, 

Ginny T. Hsiao



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Lions Clubs International Foundation 

Dear Lions,

This year, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) celebrates 50 years of unwavering support of Lions' compassionate works. With this anniversary comes a renewed commitment from the Foundation to meet the changing needs of our world. To help us do just that, we created the Club LCIF Coordinator position for every Lions club. 

If your club is one of the more than one-third of clubs globally that have already appointed this position for 2017-2018, we thank you for your support of this important initiative. That person will retain their position.

For clubs that have not yet appointed someone to this position, the Lions Clubs International Board of Directors recently approved a policy change. Beginning in the current fiscal year, and moving forward, a club's Immediate Past President shall serve as Club LCIF Coordinator. If that person is unable to accept the role, it can be delegated to another club member. 

Next week, we will also be contacting all Immediate Past Club Presidents to notify them of this policy change.  As of January 1, 2018, the Immediate Past Club President will be designated as the Club LCIF Coordinator in MyLCI for the current term, which ends on June 30, 2018. 

Club LCIF Coordinators receive regular email communication from LCIF, including clear instructions on specific tasks as well as links to the resources needed to complete these tasks. The Club LCIF Coordinator is an ambassador for LCIF at the club level, and serves a one-year term. During that term, the Club LCIF Coordinator speaks to fellow Lions about how LCIF supports their service and how they can, in turn, support LCIF. Club LCIF Coordinators may give presentations, show videos or even host fundraisers throughout the year. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to LCIF's Development department with any questions you might have regarding the Club LCIF Coordinator role or the appointment of immediate past club presidents to serve in it. 


LCIF Development

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If, at dissolution, any of the remaining funds are going to a charitable non-profit 501©(4) organization (such as LCIF, LPCCI, Lions in Sight etc.) then the club is required to file a Form RRF-1 (http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/charities/charitable/rrf1_form.pdf)with the Registry of Charitable Trusts, a division of the Attorney General’s office. If the club hasn’t registered yet, they would need to file a form CT-1(http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/charities/charitable/ct1-form.pdf). 

 This is an annual filing with the Registry of Charitable Trusts and the RRF-1 would be filed along with a copy of the club’s Form 990. For some clubs who do not file the 990 or 990-EZ because their total receipts are less than $50,000, they would simply file the RRF-1 alone with no attachments. There is also a fee to go with this based on the gross receipts of the club though it is not significant and it is based on the level of gross receipts that are reported on the Form 990.