Campus Lions Clubs
Information & New Club Formation
Campus Club Information
About Lions
Lions are groups of community minded men and women who improve
communities around the world.
• More than 1.3 million men and women in approximately 45,000 clubs and
205 countries and geographic areas are involved in Lions clubs.
• Lions conduct eye screenings and offer disaster relief. They bring water to
remote villages and sponsor drug awareness programs.
Lions build, share, repair and have fun!
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About Campus Lions Clubs
• More than 5,500 students, faculty, staff and community
members in approximately 300 clubs in 27 countries are
involved in Campus Lions clubs.
• Campus Lions clubs are service-learning clubs that
develop projects and activities to meet the unique
needs of their campus, local and world communities.
• Campus club members choose their own activities,
projects and fundraisers.
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Why Form a Campus Club?
Member Benefits:
• Opportunity to serve campus,
local and world communities
• Membership in the world’s
largest service club
organization
• Leadership training
• Strengthen business and
management skills
• Networking
• Resume building
• Transferability of membership
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College/University Benefits:
• Provides leadership
opportunities for students
• Offers membership in a wellrecognized service club
• Increases humanitarian
service for the campus
community
• Builds positive community
relations
• Supported by Lions Clubs
International and an extensive
volunteer network
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What do Campus Lions Clubs do?
Campus Lions Clubs:
• Organize fundraisers for charity organizations and Lions
Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)
• Facilitate campus and community service projects
• Sponsor drug awareness programs
• Coordinate events on campus
• Participate in Habitat for Humanity projects
• Mentor elementary and adolescent students
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Who can Join?
• Students
• Faculty & Staff
• Community Members
Member Criteria
Any person of legal majority and good moral character
and good reputation in his/her community may be granted
membership in any duly authorized Lions club.
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Charter Fees & Dues
Students
• Students enrolled in school, through age 30, pay no charter fee and
half international dues. However, students in campus clubs, and
clubs with a majority of students, must prepay one year of
international dues at the student member rate (US$19.50). The
Student Member and Leo to Lion Certification Form (STU-5) is
required for each qualifying student.
• Students, over age 30, pay a $10 charter fee and full international
dues (US$39). The Special Entrance/Charter Fee for College and
University Students (EX-542) form is required for each qualifying
student.
Faculty, Staff & Community
• Non-students pay the regular $30 charter fee and full international
dues (US$39).
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Charter Fees & Dues
Charter Fee
(New Club)
Entrance Fee
(Existing Club)
International
Dues
Certification Required
Students between
the age of legal
majority and through
the age of 30
US$0
US$0
US$19.50
(Prepaid)
Student Member and Leo
to Lion Certification Form
(STU-5)
Students over the
age of 30.
US$10
US$10
US$30
Special Entrance/Charter
Fee Form for College
and University Students
(EX-542)
Non-student faculty,
staff, alumni,
community
members, etc.
US$30
US$25
US$39
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Charter Fees & Dues
Additional Information:
• Campus Lions club members pay international dues in addition to club, district
and multiple district dues, determined locally. Lions clubs international
encourages districts and multiple district to either lower or exempt student from
paying local dues.
• Campus Lions clubs are billed semi-annually in July and January and must be
paid to the international office no later than July 21 and January 21
respectively. The semi-annual per capita dues amount is based upon
membership of each club as shown by its membership report of June and
December respectively.
• Campus clubs have through April 15 for the January per capita billing and
through October 15 for the July per capita billing to amend the club roster.
Lions Clubs International will give credits to campus clubs for roster
adjustments submitted within this time period without penalty.
Visit the Student Member Program Web site.
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Charter Requirements
You will need:
• 20 or more charter members
• A sponsoring club, district cabinet or district committee,
region or zone
• Approval from the college or university
• Approval from the district governor
• Completed charter application and report of charter
members
• Appropriate fees and student member waivers
*Consider a club branch if you are unable to recruit 20 members.
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Campus Club Support
1. Club Sponsor: offers support and helps develop
membership retention and growth plans
2. Guiding Lion: assists and advises the club
during its first two years
3. Faculty Advisor (if necessary): monitors club
activities
4. Campus Club Chairperson: helps organize new
campus clubs, coach campus extension-minded
Lions, implement public relations initiatives, etc.
5. Lions Clubs International: supplies materials,
offers project resources and leadership training
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Steps to Campus Club
Formation
Step 1: Approach a Prospective School
• Identify Lions and/or students to form the club
• Contact and meet with the school’s student activities director
– Familiarize the contact with Lions Clubs International
– Ask about service learning and needs on campus the club could
address
– Highlight student and college/university benefits of having a Campus
Lions club
– Discuss if the college/university has special requirements or limitations
for clubs on campus (some schools may not allow students to pay
dues)
– Discuss promotional options on campus (i.e. special events,
newsletters, tabling)
– Request student leader and faculty referrals
• Approach prospective faculty advisors and faculty members
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Step 2: The Informational Meeting
Objectives:
1. Promote the new campus club
2. Sign up at least 20 prospective members – collect charter
application and dues
3. Schedule an organizational meeting
Steps to a Successful Meeting:
1. Identify and recruit a core group of students to help organize the
club
2. Promote the meeting through school newsletters,
announcements e-mails, bulletin boards, etc (and consider
offering pizza!)
3. Distribute recruiting materials
4. Develop a well organized presentation and anticipate questions
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Step 2: The Informational Meeting
Topics covered during the meeting include:
• Brief history of Lions Clubs International
• How Lions clubs operate
• Benefit of joining a Lions Club
• Community service opportunities on campus
• Leadership training available locally
• Dues structure and the Student Member Program
• Question and answer session about Lions
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Step 3: The Organizational Meeting
The organizational meeting is the first meeting of the new Lions club.
Schedule the meeting once 20 qualified members have applied.
Topics covered during the meeting include:
• Structure and history of Lions Clubs International
• Information about club operations and the constitution and by-laws
• Explanations of each office
• Election of officers
• Dues structure (this should include international,district,multiple
district and club dues)
• Future meeting dates and location
• Charter night arrangements
• Recruitment of additional members
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Next Steps
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Allow up to 45 days for LCI to process the charter
application and to receive the official charter (sent
to the district governor)
Begin preparations for the charter night (pdf)
Club sponsors should train new club officers and
refer them to the Club Resource Center, available
online
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Campus Club Project Ideas
Established LCI Programs:
• Vision Programs
– Eyeglass Recycling
– Sight Partnerships
– SightFirst Grants
• Community Programs
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Lions ALERT
Lions Crew at Work
Lions Green Team
Culture and the Performance Festival
• Youth Programs
– Peace Poster Contest
– Youth Camps and Exchange
– Services for Children
• International Relations
• Other Programs
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Contact Us
To request the Campus Club Kit or for more information,
contact:
New Clubs & Marketing Department
Lions Clubs International
300 W. 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842
Phone: 630-571-5466, ext. 522
Fax: 630-571-1691
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: Campus Lions Club
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