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CONSTITUTION AND BY- LAWS

The Lions Club of Kathmandu Samakhushi Chartered by and under the jurisdiction of THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LIONS CLUBS

ARTICLE I:

Name, Slogan and Motto

Section 1. NAME . The name of this organization shall be the Lions Club of Kathmandu Samakhushi, chartered by and under the jurisdiction of Lions Clubs International.

Section 2. SLOGAN. Its slogan shall be: Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation’s Safety.

Section 3. MOTTO. Its motto shall be: We Serve.

ARTICLE II:

Objects

The objects of this club shall be:

(a) To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.

(b) To promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.

(c) To take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.

(d) To unite the members in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.

(e) To provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.

(f) To encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.

ARTICLE III:

 

Membership

 

Section 1. ELIGIBILITY FOR CLUB MEMBERSHIP.

Subject to the provisions of Article 1 of the by-laws, any person of legal majority and good moral character and good reputation in his /her community, may be granted membership in this Lions club. Wherever the male gender or pronoun presently appear in this constitution and by-laws, it shall be interpreted to mean both male and female persons.

Section 2. MEMBERSHIP BY INVITATION.

Membership in this Lions club shall be acquired by invitation only. Nominations shall be made on forms provided by the international office, which shall be signed by a member in good standing who shall act as sponsor, and be submitted to the membership chairperson or the club secretary, who after investigation by the membership committee, shall submit the same to the board of directors. If approved by a majority of said board, the prospect may then be invited to become a member of this club. A properly filled out membership form duly signed, as well as the entrance fee and dues must be in the hands of the secretary before the member is reported to and officially recognized by the association as a Lion member.

ARTICLE IV:

Forfeiture of Membership

Any member may be expelled from the club for cause by a two-thirds vote of the entire board of directors.

ARTICLE V:

Club Size

A Lions club shall have the minimum of 10 members for good standing.

ARTICLE VI:

Officers

Section 1. OFFICERS. The officers of this club shall be a president, immediate past president, 1st vice president, 2nd vice president, 3rd vice president, secretary, treasurer, joint secretary , joint treasure , PRO, Lion tamer, tail twister, membership director and all other elected directors.

Section 2. REMOVAL. Any officer of this club may be removed from office for good cause by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the entire club membership.

ARTICLE VII:

Board of Directors

Section 1. MEMBERS. The members of the board of directors shall be the president, immediate past president, the vice president(s), secretary, treasurer, joint secretary, joint treasure, PRO, Lion tamer, tail twister, membership director and all other elected directors.

Section 2. QUORUM. The presence in person of a majority of the directors shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the board of directors. Except as otherwise specifically provided, the act of a majority of the directors present at any meeting of the board shall be the act and decision of the entire board of directors.

Section 3. DUTIES AND POWERS. In addition to those duties and powers, express and implied, set forth elsewhere in this constitution and by-laws, the board of directors shall have the following duties and powers:

(a) It shall constitute the executive board of this club and be responsible for the execution, through the club officers of the policies approved by the club. All new business and policy of this 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.

(b) It shall authorize 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.

(c) It shall have power to modify, override or rescind the action of any officer of this club.

(d) It shall have the books, accounts and operations of his club audited annually or, in 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 this club. Any member of this club in good standing may inspect any such audit or accounting upon request at a reasonable time and place.

(e) It shall appoint, on recommendation of the finance committee, a bank or banks for the deposit of the funds of this club.

(f) It shall appoint the surety for the bonding of any officer of this club.

(g) It shall not authorize, nor permit, the expenditure, for any administrative purpose, of the net income of projects or activities of this club by which funds are raised from the public.

(h) 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.

   (i) It shall name and appoint, subject to approval of the club membership, the delegates and alternates of this club to district (single, sub- or multiple) and international conventions.

(j) It shall maintain 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 shall be established to record activity or public welfare monies raised by asking support from the public. Disbursement from such funds shall be in strict compliance with Section (g) of this article.

ARTICLE VIII:

Delegates to International and District Conventions

Section 1. DELEGATE ENTITLEMENT INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION.

Inasmuch as Lions Clubs International is governed by Lions clubs in convention assembled, and in order that this club may have its voice in association matters, this club shall have power to pay the necessary expenses of its delegates to each annual convention of the association. This club shall be entitled in any convention of this association, to one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate for every twenty-five (25), or major fraction thereof, of its members as shown by the records of the international office on the first day of the month last preceding that month during which the convention is held, provided, however, that this club shall be entitled to at least one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate. The major fraction referred to in this section shall be thirteen (13) or more members. The selection of each such delegate and alternate shall be evidenced by a certificate signed by the president or secretary or any other duly authorized officer of this club, or in the event no such club officer is in attendance at the convention, by the district governor-elect of the district (single or sub-) of which this club is a member.

Section 2. DELEGATE ENTITLEMENT DISTRICT/ MULTIPLE DISTRICT CONVENTION.

Inasmuch as all district matters are presented and adopted at the district and multiple conventions, this club shall be entitled to send its full quota of delegates to all such conventions and have power to pay the necessary expenses of such delegates attending such conventions. This club shall be entitled in each annual convention of its district and multiple to one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate for each ten (10) members who have been enrolled for at least one year and a day in this club, or major fraction thereof, of this club as shown by the records of the international office on the first day of the month last preceding that month during which the convention is held, provided, however, that this club shall be entitled to at least one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate. Each certified delegate present in person shall be entitled to cast one (1) vote of his/her choice for each office to be filled by, and one (1) vote of his/her choice on each question submitted to the respective convention. The major fraction referred to in this section shall be five (5) or more members.

ARTICLE IX:

Dispute Resolution

All disputes arising between any member or members, or a former member or members, and the club, or any officer on the board of the club, relative to membership, or the interpretation, breach of, or application of the club’s constitution and by-laws, or the expulsion of any member from the club, or any other matter whatsoever which cannot be satisfactorily resolved through other means, shall be settled by dispute resolution. Any party to the dispute may file a written request with the district governor asking that dispute resolution take place. All requests for dispute resolution must be filed with the district governor within thirty (30) days after the member knew or should have known of the occurrence of the event upon which the request is based. Within fifteen (15) days of receipt, the district governor shall appoint a conciliator to hear the dispute. The conciliator shall be a past district governor who is currently a member in good standing of a club in good standing, other than a club which is a party to the dispute, in the district in which the dispute arises. The selected conciliator shall be acceptable to the parties. Upon being selected, the conciliator shall arrange a meeting of the parties for the purpose of conciliating the dispute. The meeting shall be scheduled within thirty (30) days of the appointment of the conciliator. If such conciliation efforts are unsuccessful, the conciliator shall have the authority to issue his or her decision relative to the dispute. The conciliator shall issue the decision no later than thirty (30) days after the date on which the initial meeting of the parties was held, and the decision shall be final and binding on all parties. All decisions of the conciliators are subject to the authority of the International Board of Directors.

ARTICLE X:

Amendments

Section 1. AMENDING PROCEDURE.

This constitution may be amended at any regular or special meeting of this club, at which a quorum is present, by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members present in person and voting, provided that the board has previously considered the merits of the amendments.

Section 2. NOTICE.

No amendment shall be put to vote, unless written notice, stating the proposed amendment shall have been mailed or delivered personally to each member of this club at least fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the meeting at which the vote on the proposed amendment is to be taken.

BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I:

Membership

Section 1. MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES.

(a) ACTIVE: A member entitled to all rights and privileges and subject to all obligations which membership in a Lions club confers or implies. Without limiting such rights and obligations, such rights shall include eligibility to seek, if otherwise qualified, any office in this club, district or association and the right to vote on all matters requiring a vote of the membership; and such obligations shall include regular attendance, prompt payment of dues, participation in club activities and conduct reflecting a favorable image of this Lions club in the community.

(b) MEMBER-AT-LARGE: A member of this club who has moved from the community, or because of health or other legitimate reason, is unable regularly to attend club meetings and desires to retain membership in this club, and upon whom the board of directors of this club desires to confer this status. This status shall be reviewed each six months by the board of directors of this club. A Member-at-Large shall not be eligible to hold office or to vote in district or international meetings or conventions, but shall pay such dues as the local club may charge, which dues shall include district and international dues.

(c) HONORARY: An individual, not a member of this Lions club, having performed outstanding service for the community or this Lions club, upon whom this club desires to confer special distinction. This club shall pay entrance fees and international and district dues on such a member, who may attend meetings, but shall not be entitled to any privileges of active membership.

(d) PRIVILEGED: A member of this club who has been a Lion for fifteen or more years, who, because of illness, infirmities, advanced age or other legitimate reason, as determined by the board of directors of this club, must relinquish his/her active status. A Privileged Member shall pay such dues as the local club may charge, which dues shall include district and international dues. He/she shall have the right to vote and be entitled to all other privileges of membership except the right to hold club, district or international office.

(e) LIFE MEMBER: Any member of this club who has maintained Active membership as a Lion for 20 or more years and has rendered outstanding service to this club, his/her community, or this Association; or any member who is critically ill; or any member of this club who has maintained such active membership for 15 or more years and is at least 70 years of age may be granted Life Membership in this club upon:

   (a) recommendation of this club to the association,

   (b) payment to the association of US$300.00, or its equivalent in Nepalese currency, by this club in lieu of all future dues to the association.

   (c) approval by the International Board of Directors, nothing herein shall prevent this club from charging a Life Member such dues as it shall deem proper. A Life Member shall have all privileges of active membership so long as he/she fulfills all obligations there of. A Life Member who desires to relocate and receives an invitation to join another Lions club shall automatically become a Life Member of said club.

   
(f) ASSOCIATE MEMBER: A member who holds his/her primary membership in another Lions club but maintains a residence or is employed in the community served by this club. This status may be conferred by the invitation of the board of directors and shall be reviewed annually. The club shall not report an Associate Member on its Membership and Activities Report. An Associate Member may be eligible to vote on club matters, at meetings where he/she is present in person, but may not represent the club as a delegate at district (single, sub-, provisional and/or multiple) or international conventions. He/she shall not be eligible to hold club, district or international office, nor district, multiple district or international committee assignments through this club. International and district (single, sub-, provisional and/or multiple) dues shall not be assessed on the Associate; PROVIDED, however, nothing shall prevent this club from assessing an Associate such dues as it shall deem proper.

   
(g) AFFILIATE MEMBER: A quality individual of the community who currently is not able to fully participate as an Active member of the club but desires to support the club and its community service initiatives and be affiliated with the club. This status may be conferred by the invitation of the club’s board of directors. An Affiliate Member may be eligible to vote on club matters at meetings where he/she is present in person, but may not represent the club as a delegate at district (single, sub, transitional, provisional, and/or multiple) or international conventions. He/she shall not be eligible to hold club, district or international office, nor district, multiple district or international committee assignment. An Affiliate Member shall be required to pay district, multiple , international and club dues .


Section 2. DUAL MEMBERSHIP.

No person shall simultaneously hold membership, other than honorary or associate, in this and any other Lions club.

Section 3. RESIGNATIONS.

Any member may resign from this club, and said resignation shall become effective upon acceptance by the board of directors. The board may withhold acceptance, however, until all indebtedness has been paid, all club funds and property have been returned, and all right to the use of the name “LIONS,” the emblem and other insignia of this club and this association have been surrendered.

Section 4. REINSTATEMENT OF MEMBERSHIP.

Any member dropped from membership in good standing may be reinstated by the club’s board of directors, and will retain their prior Lions service record as part of their total Lions service record.

 

Section 5. TRANSFER MEMBERSHIP.

This club may grant membership on a transfer basis to one who has terminated or is terminating his/her membership in another Lions club, provided that a member is in good standing at the time of transfer requested. If more than six (6) months have elapsed between termination of his/her membership in another club and submittal of completed transfer member form or current membership card, he/she may acquire membership in this club only under the provisions of Section 2 of Article III of the constitution.

Section 6. FAILURE TO PAY.

The secretary shall submit to the board of directors the name of any member who fails to pay any indebtedness due this club within 60 days after receipt from the secretary of written notice. The board shall thereafter decide whether the member shall be dropped from or retained on the roster.

ARTICLE II:

Officers

Section 1. DUTIES.

a. President he/she shall be the chief executive officer of this club. He/she will preside at all meetings of the board of directors and shall call regular meetings and special meetings of the board of directors; appoint the standing and special committees of this club and cooperate with chairpersons to effect regular functioning and reporting of such committees; see that regular elections are duly called, noticed and held; and co-operate with, and be an active member of the district governor’s advisory committee of the zone in which this club is located.

To become the president of this club one most fulfill the following criteria.

  • Completed two years of services as a board member.
  • During the period of first vice president he/ she must have attended fifty percent of club meetings and other programs conducted by the club.
  • No one is liable to become the president of this club unless he/ she have sponsored minimum of two lion members.
  • Must be a member of ‘LC of Ktm Samakhushi family club’.
  • Must agree to publish club directory or souvenir without giving financial burden to the club.
  • If the first v.p. does not qualify for the post of President then 2nd or 3rd v.p. will be nominated by the nomination committee. But they also have to full fill all the criteria mentioned above.
  • Should be ready to save and deposit minimum of NRs 25000.00 on permanent project fund during the tenure of president.
  • Lion Of The Year should be awarded at his tenure by the president. And the president should select the most active member to give the award (not from the board of director).
  • Spouse of the club president must be a lion Member (applicable only for the married members).

b. Immediate Past President. He/she and the other past presidents shall officially greet members and their guests at club meetings and shall represent this club in welcoming all new service-minded people in the community served by this club.


c. Vice Presidents. 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 this club as the president shall designate.
To become qualified v.p. he/she must have attended 25% of club meetings and program conducted by the club.

d. Secretary. He/she shall be under the supervision and direction of the president and the board of directors and shall act as the liaison officer between the club and the district (single or sub and multiple) in which this club is located, and the association. In fulfillment of this, he/she shall:

  • Submit regular monthly and other reports to the international office of the association on blanks provided by it containing such information as may be called for by the board of directors of this association;
  • Submit to the district governor’s cabinet such reports as it may require including copies of regular membership and activities reports;
  • Cooperate with and be an active member of the district governor’s advisory committee of the zone in which the club is located;
    Have custody and keep and maintain general records of this club, including records of minutes of club and board meetings; attendance; committee appointments; elections; member’s information, addresses and telephone numbers; members club accounts;
  • Arrange for issuance, in cooperation with the treasurer, quarterly or semi-annual statements to each member for dues and other financial obligations owed to this club, collect and turn the same over to the club treasurer and obtain a receipt;
  • Give bond for the faithful discharge of his/her office in such sum and with such surety as determined by the board of directors.

e. Treasurer. He/she shall:

  • Receive all monies, from the secretary and otherwise, and deposit the same in a bank recommended by the finance committee and approved by the board of directors;
  • Pay out monies in payment of club obligations only on authority given 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 and keep 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 such sum and with such surety as determined by the board of directors.

f. Joint Secretary.

If the Secretary is unable to perform the duties of his/her office for any reason, the Joint Secretary shall perform his/her duties.

g. Joint Treasurer :

If the Treasure is unable to perform the duties of his/her office for any reason, the Joint Treasure shall perform his/her duties.

h. Membership Director.

The membership director shall be the chairperson of the membership committee. Membership committee chairperson should be from past president. The responsibilities for this position shall be:

  • Development of a growth program specifically for the club and presented to the board of directors for approval.
  • Regular encouragement o the members at the club meetings to bring in new quality members.
  • Ensuring implementation of proper recruitment and retention procedures.
  • Preparation and implementation of orientation sessions.
  • Reporting to the board of directors on ways to reduce the loss of members.
  • Coordination with other club committees in fulfilling these responsibilities.
  • Serving as a member of the zone level membership committee.

i. Lion Tamer.

The Lion tamer shall have charge of and be responsible for the property and paraphernalia of the club, including flags, banners, gong, gavel, song books and button board. He/she shall put each in its proper place before each meeting and return the same to the proper storage area after each meeting. He/she shall act as sergeant-at-arms at meetings, see that those present are properly seated, and distribute bulletins, favors and literature as required at club and board meetings. He/she shall give special attention to assure that each new member sits with a different group at each meeting so that he/she can become better acquainted.

j. Tail Twister.

He/she shall promote harmony, good fellowship, life and enthusiasm in the meetings through appropriate stunts and 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 Rupees. one hundred 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 be given.

k. P.R.O. Public Relation Officer shall maintain the good relationship with the community and with the other lions clubs .He/she shall also highlights the clubs activities through media .

l. Directors :

Directors shall assist the President and conduct the duties that designated by the President .

M. CLUB ADVISORS:

All the past presidents (The valid transfer member’s history of service at any lions clubs in the past will be counted.) of this club will be advisors and they will assist the president and their authority will be the same as a board members.

Section 2. ELIGIBILITY FOR OFFICE.

No person shall be eligible to hold office in this club unless he/she is an active member in good standing.


Section 3. COMPENSATION.

No officer shall receive any compensation for any service rendered to this club in his/her official capacity with the exception of the secretary, whose compensation, if any, shall be fixed by the board of directors.

ARTICLE III:

Meetings and Quorum Requirements


Section 1. REGULAR MEETINGS.

Regular meetings of this club shall be held at first day of every month at its club office in the evening.

Section 2. BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS:

Board of directors meeting of this club shall be held on the 15th day of every month at its club office in the evening.

Section 3. ANNUAL MEETING.

An annual meeting of this club shall be held in conjunction with the close of each Lions year at a time and place determined by the board of directors, at which meeting the final reports of the retiring officers shall be read and newly elected officers shall be installed.

Section 4. QUORUM.

 

The presence in person of a majority of the members in good standing shall be necessary for a quorum at any meeting of this club. Except as otherwise specifically provided, the act of a majority of the members present at any meeting shall be the act and decision of the entire club.

Section 5. GOOD STANDING.

Any member who fails to pay any indebtedness due this club within sixty (60) days after receipt of written notice from the secretary shall forfeit his/her good standing and shall so remain until such indebtedness is paid in full. Only members in good standing may exercise the voting privilege and hold office in this club.

 

ARTICLE IV:

Elections and Filling Vacancies

The officers of this club, excluding the immediate past president, shall be elected as follows:

Section 1. NOMINATION MEETING.

A nomination meeting shall be held in March of each year, with the date and place of such meeting to be determined by the board of directors and notice mailed to each member of this club at least fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the date of the meeting.

Section 2. NOMINATING COMMITTEE.

The president shall appoint a nominating committee, which shall submit the names of candidates for the various club offices to the club at the nomination meeting. All members of the nominating committee must be from the past Presidents. The valid transfer member’s history of any lions clubs will be counted as same.

Section 3. NOMINEE UNABLE TO SERVE:

If in the interim between the nomination meeting and the election meeting any nominee is unable for any reason to serve in the office to which he/she was nominated and for which office there was no other nominee, the nominating committee shall submit, at the election meeting, names of additional nominees for that office.

Section 4. ELECTION COMMITTEE.

An election meeting shall be held no later than April 15 of each year, at a time and place determined by the board of directors, and fourteen (14) calendar days prior written notice shall be given to each member of the club by the secretary through mail or personal delivery. Such notice shall include the names of all nominees approved at the preceding nomination meeting, and, subject to Section 3 above, a statement that these nominees will be voted upon at this election meeting. No nominations may be made from the floor at the election meeting.

Section 5. ANNUAL ELECTION.

Subject to the provisions of Section 8 of this Article all officers, other than directors, shall be elected annually and shall take office on July 1st, and shall hold office for one year from that date, or until their successors shall have been elected and qualified.

Section 6. DIRECTORS ELECTION.

One-half of the directors shall be elected annually and shall take office on the July 1st next following their election, and shall hold office for two (2) years from that time, or until their successors shall have been elected and qualified, with the exception that at the first election held after the adoption of this constitution and by-laws, one-half of the directors shall be elected for two year terms and the other one-half of the directors shall be elected for one year terms.

Section 7. BALLOT.

The election shall be by ballot by those present and qualified to vote. A plurality vote shall be necessary to elect.

Section 8. VACANCY.

If the office of president or of any vice president shall become vacant for any reason, the vice presidents shall advance in office, according to their rank. In the event such provision for advancement shall fail to fill the office of president, or any office of vice president, the board of directors shall thereon call a special election, giving each member in good standing prior fourteen (14) calendar days notice of the time and place, which time and place shall be determined by said board, and such office shall be filled at said election meeting. In the event of a vacancy in any other office, the board of directors shall appoint a member to fill the unimpaired term. In the event vacancies shall be of such number as to reduce the number of directors to less than the number required for a quorum, the membership of the club shall have power to fill such vacancies by an election held at any regular meeting of the club upon prior notice, and in the manner, specified in Section 10 hereinafter. Such notice may be given by any remaining officer or director, but if none, then by any member.

Section 9. REPLACEMENT OF OFFICERS-ELECT.

In the event any officer-elect, before his/her term of office commences, is unable or refuses for any reason to serve therein, the president may call a special nomination and election meeting to elect a replacement for such officer elect. Fourteen (14) calendar days prior notice of such meeting, setting forth the purpose, time and place shall be given to each member, by mail or personal delivery. The election shall be held immediately after nominations have been closed and a plurality vote shall be necessary for election.

Section 10. Nomination in any post at district or multiple must be done on the permission of the club’s board of directors.

ARTICLE V:

Fees and Dues


Section 1. ENTRANCE FEE.

Each new, reinstated and transfer member shall pay an entrance fee of Rs. 3,000 which fee shall include the current association entrance fee and be collected before such member is enrolled as a member of this club and before the secretary may report such member to Lions Clubs International; provided, however, that the board of directors may elect to waive all or any part of the club portion of said entrance fee as to any member granted membership by transfer or reinstatement within six (6) months of termination of his/her prior Lions club membership.


Section 2. ANNUAL DUES.

Each member of this club shall pay the following indicated regular annual dues which dues shall include an amount to cover current international and district (single or sub- and multiple) dues (to defray the subscription price of THE LION Magazine, administrative and annual convention costs of the association and similar district costs) and shall be paid in advance at such times as the board of directors shall determine:

Active Member NRs. 5,000.00

Member-at-Large NRs. 5,000.00

Honorary Member NRs. 5,000.00

Privileged Member NRs. 5,000.00

Life Member NRs. 2,000.00 (i.e. less international dues)

Associate Member NRs. 500.00

Affiliate Member NRs. 5,000.00

Spouse member NRs. 3,000.00

MEMBER CATEGORY LIMITS

Honorary Members – Not to exceed 5% of total actual membership; any fraction shall permit one additional honorary member. Affiliate Members – Not to exceed 25% of total actual membership.
Sponsor of a new Lion member must be liable for their fee of first Lionistic year and entrance fee.
The treasurer of this club shall remit international, district, and multiple dues to the parties, at the time, specified in the respective international, district, and multiple constitution and by-laws.

ARTICLE VI:

Committees

 

Section 1. STANDING COMMITTEES.

The following standing committees may be appointed by the president, except for the members and chairperson of the membership committee, who are elected. (See Article IV, Sections 6 and 7)

  • Administrative Committees: 
    Attendance 
    Bulletin Editor 
    Constitution and By-Laws
    Convention 
    Finance 
    Greeter 
    Information Technology
    Leadership Development 
    Lions Information Membership Program
    Public Relations
  • Activities Committees: 
    Diabetes Awareness 
    Environmental Services 
    Hearing and Speech Action and Work with the Deaf
    International Relations Program 
    Leo Club Program 
    Lioness Club Program 
    Sight Conservation and Work with the Blind
    Youth Exchange Program 
    Youth Outreach

Other activities of Laconism for which committees may be appointed are: Citizenship Services; Educational Services; Health Services; Social Services; Recreational Services; Public Services; and International Youth Camps.

Section 2. SPECIAL COMMITTEES.

From time to time, the president may appoint, with the approval of the board of directors, such special committees as may be necessary in his/her judgment or the judgment of the board of directors.

Section 3. PRESIDENT EX-OFFICIO.

The president shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.

Section 4. COMPOSITION.

All committees shall consist of a chairperson, and subject to Section 2 above, as many members as shall be considered necessary by the president.

Section 5. COMMITTEE REPORTING.

Each committee, through its chairperson, should be encouraged as necessary to report, either verbally or in writing, each month to the board of directors.

ARTICLE VII:

Parliamentary Practices Except as otherwise specifically provided in this constitution and by-laws, all questions of order or procedure with respect to any meeting or action of this club, its board of directors or any committee appointed hereunder shall be determined in accordance with ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER, NEWLY REVISED, as revised from time to time.

ARTICLE VIII:

Miscellaneous

Section 1. EMBLEM, COLORS. The emblem and colors of this club shall be the same as the emblem and colors of Lions Clubs International.


Section 2. FISCAL YEAR.
The fiscal year of this club shall be July 1 through June 30.


Section 3. HONORARY MAILING LIST.
Lions Clubs International, Multiple district 325 and district 325 B shall be included on the mailing list of this club.


Section 4. PARTISAN POLITICS/RELIGION.
This club shall not endorse or recommend any candidate for public office, nor shall partisan politics or sectarian religion be debated by members in meetings of this club.


Section 5. PERSONAL BENEFIT.
Except to further his/her progress in Laconism, no officer or member of this club shall use his/her membership as a means of furthering any personal, political, or other aspiration, nor shall the club, as a whole, take part in any movement not in keeping with its purposes and objects.


Section 6. SOLICITATION OF FUNDS.
No funds shall be solicited from members of the club during meetings by any individual or individuals who are not members of the club. Any suggestion or proposition made at any meeting of this club calling for the expenditure of money for other than the regular obligations shall be referred to the appropriate committee or to the board of directors.

ARTICLE IX:

Amendments


Section 1. AMENDING PROCEDURE. These by-laws may be altered, amended or repealed at any regular or special meeting of this club at which a quorum is present, by the vote of a majority of the members present in person and voting.


Section 2. NOTICE. No amendment shall be put to vote unless written notice stating the proposed amendment, shall have been mailed or delivered personally to each member at least fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the meeting at which the vote on the amendment is to be taken.

Note: This constitution and by laws will be effective from 1st July 2005.