estled in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, at the southwest corner of Canada and the northwest corner of the United States, Multiple District 19 began its tenure as District 19 of Lions Clubs International in 1922. MD19 is an international Multiple District of 9 sub–districts serving 12,000 Lions and Leos in 400 clubs in the Province of British Columbia, Canada, and the States of Idaho and Washington in the United States.
Founded in 1917, Lions Clubs International is the largest and most active community service organization in the world. There are now more than 1,400,000 Lions and 46,000 Lions Clubs in 210 countries and geographic areas worldwide.
- LCI EXTENDS CHARTER AND ADMISSION FEE WAIVERS — The LCI board of directors has adopted a resolution to waive all charter and entrance fees from July 1 through December 31, 2021. Charter and entrance fees are also currently waived through June 30, 2021. Click here to veiw the official announcement from International President Dr. Jung–Yul Choi.
- 2022 LCI CONVENTION MOVED TO MONTREAL — LCI President Dr. Jung–Yul Choi has announced that “Due to the ongoing challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19), the board of directors has voted to relocate the 2022 Lions International Convention from New Delhi, India to Montréal, Canada. The ongoing travel and health advisories, and the size and complexity of our convention, led to this difficult decision. The board of directors also agreed to host a future convention in the beautiful city of New Delhi in a mutually–agreed upon year.”The convention will be held June 24–28, 2022. Details will follow as they become available.
- 2021 CHRISTMAS SHIP CANCELLED — The Lions Christmas Cruise has been cancelled for the year 2021 because of unresolved issues regarding SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) regulations currently in discussion between the U.S.A. and Canada governments. These are requirements for vessels carrying passengers and guests on International Waters. They will require extensive changes in vessels and their crew training. The cost is tremendous and cannot be completed in time for the Christmas Cruise. There is no ship this side of the Great Lakes capable of qualifying in time for the 2021 Lions Christmas Ship cruise. On the singularly positive side, it appears that the Christmas Ship will be running in 2022.
On The Horizon…
- 2021 LCI CONVENTION — The 2021 Lions Clubs International annual convention will be held June 25 to June 29, 2021. The registration fee is US$5000 until March 31, 2020, then US$7500 beginning April 1, 2021. The registration fee for Leos will be US$3000 regardless of date. Executive officer and international director elections will be conducted electronically, which means every eligible Lion will be able to vote! Check the LCI convention website, LCICon, to register and for details.
- DISTRICT 19–C CELEBRATION — The District 19–C will be holding an outdoor celebration in lieu of it's 2020–21 conference on July 17, 2021. A memorial service and banner–passing are planned for the event. Details are in the works. Download the flyer here. Contact conference chair PDG Marilyn Danby for information.
- 2021–2022 CLUB OFFICER PREP — The second of three opportunities for MD19 club officer training will be held from 9:00
a.m.to 12:30 p.m.on July 24, 2021. Even if you have been a club president, secretary, treasurer or membership chair before, and even if you have attended new officer training before, there is always something new that will affect your club in the coming year. Download the flyer here. Email PID Anne Smarsh with questions.
- 2021 USA CANADA LIONS LEADERSHIP FORUM — No, it is not too soon to make plans for the fall, in general, or in particular for the 2021 USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum. So save the date— September 9 to 11, 2021. The place: Des Moines, Iowa USA. The Forum is open for online registration right now.
- 2021–2022 CLUB OFFICER PREP — The third of three opportunities for MD19 club officer training will be held from 8:30
a.m.to 12:30 p.m.on September 25, 2021. Even if you have been a club president, secretary, treasurer or membership chair before, and even if you have attended new officer training before, there is always something new that will affect your club in the coming year. Check back for more details as they become available.
In The Know…
- MD19 REDISTRICTING REPORT — The MD19 Council Of Governors voted to proceed with a redistricting plan for MD19 as proposed by the MD19 Strategic Planning Committee at the Spring Council meeting, June 12, 2021. Download a PowerPoint presentation for a summary of the plan, or download the full report of the Strategic Planning Committee for more details. You may also download a map comparing the current layout of MD19 with the new configuration recomended by the Committee. And, you can download the LCI Guide For Consolidating Districts that explains the process as well.
- HELEN KELLER MUSEUM TOUR OPPORTUNITY — The Knights of the Blind committee has arranged on demand viewing of a guided tour of the Helen Keller Birthplace Museam, available to clubs and Lions in celebration of Helen Keller Month, 2021. Download the flyer here for more information and links to the Helen Keller Event Planning Kit.
- STYLIN' IN AN MD19 LIONS FACE MASK — MD19 still has a suppply of Lions logo and MD 19 logo face masks. You know you want one! Even if the CDC says you don't need one! And guess what? One of these washable, reusable, Lions logo face masks, courtesy of MD19, can be yours! All it takes is $1000 (US), plus shipping (i.e., postage). The Lions logo face mask is fitted with ear straps, one size fits all. The MD19 logo face mask features elastic straps that go around the back or your head and neck— no more knocking off your eyeglasses or tangling up hearing–aids and earings— plus the addition of a bendable, form–fitting nose strip helps keep the mask in place and cuts down on eyeglasses fogging up. You can't beat the deal. Why not spring for a whole set and get both! Just drop ED Peter an email and get your Lions face mask(s) today!