Lions at the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind

an image of levelling a wood path.Showing a section of the wood path being reconstructed.Here are a couple work photos of Great Falls Lions reconditioning the wood path at the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind. This is an ongoing project by Lions to provide support for their on-site playground which is not covered by state funding. Click images for a larger veiw. For more about the school visit http://www.msdb.mt.gov/

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Join the Worldwide Week of Service for Diabetes

Worldwide Week of Service for Diabetes – November 13-19, 2017

An icon for diabetes.Diabetes impacts more than 400 million people, resulting in five million deaths each year. So encourage your clubs to participate in this special Worldwide Week of Service, November 13-19, dedicated to stopping this deadly disease. The event is a great opportunity to support Lions’ new global service framework, and our goal of serving 200 million people a year by 2021. By supporting diabetes, clubs can earn a special diabetes patch when they report their service through MyLCI.
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Lion Leaders Share Service Legacy in New Video Series

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Lions Clubs Centennial videos honor and celebrate 100 years of Lions Clubs International. Watch and share the stories of the world’s largest service club organization from its founding to today and learn more about how you can participate in our Centennial Celebration. If you wish to view a video with subtitles in languages, use the CC button.

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Lions Faculty Development Institute Scheduled

Image of a graduate's cap and diploma.The Lions Faculty Development Institute is scheduled for January 26-29th in Atlanta, Georgia. The purpose of the Faculty Development Institute is to develop and expand the pool of skilled Lions available as faculty for use in training at all levels.

Go to more information about Faculty Development.

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PLUSOPTIX FOR 2017

All Lions Clubs that have PlusOptix Vision Scanners

plusoptix-300x240Another year to do vision screening has rolled around. Please get out into your communities and start scheduling Schools. There are a lot of schools out there that do not have anybody but the Lions of District 37 to help them. So start warming up those vision scanners. We can’t wear them out if they are left in their containers. The children in this Great State of Montana needs all the clubs in District 37 to do their best so every child will have the chance to see. Remember our Moto: WE SERVE So, let’s get out there and do the job we all signed on for. After the schools are done move on to the Day Cares. We can screen children all the way down to 6 months old.

Please send me your totals each month. I would like the total number of children screened and the number of REFERS. My E-mail address is: Lion.dfalcon@gmail.com   Have a great Lions year. Lion Dave

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October 1, 2017, Cabinet Meeting Agenda

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Montana Lions Forum Schedule – Sept. 30

Time to get out and about
Helena is great this time of year
Come to the Montana LIons Forum

Be motivated, learn new communication techniques…
Increase the effectiveness of your clubs meetings…
Why do some committees fail and some thrive?
Have some fun, bring a lion friend get on the road!

Saturday September 30, Helena Montana at the Radison Colonial Hotel

Forum Reservation Form

Forum Schedule

7am-8:30am Registration and Breakfast
8:30 First General session PID Mick Barrus “Framing Your Club”
9:10-10:00 First breakout session

  • PCC Ben Apeland & PDG Christine Lank “Dynamics between Generations”
  • 2VDG Verna Love “Communicating and Camaraderie”
  • PDG Richard Gessling “Don’t Blabber when asked about Lions”

10:10-11:00 Second breakout session

  • DG Lary Garrison “Free Money” double your impact.
  • PDG Paul Baker “Why do we Squabble?”
  • Jennifer Troupe “The Diabetes Epidemic”

11:10-11:40 Ask the officers or they might ask you
11:40-12:00 Amy Smiedala Florence Crittendon Home Presentation

Noon Lunch

12:30-1:20 Afternoon General session PID Mick Barrus “PVC”

1:30-2:20 Third breakout session

  • PDG Paul Baker “Why do we squabble?”
  • DG Lary Garrison “Free Money” double your impact
  • PDG Richard Gessling “Don’t Blabber when asked about lions”

2:30-3:20 Fourth breakout session

  • PCC Ben Apeland & PDG Christine Lank “Dynamics between Generations”
  • 2VDG Verna Love “Communicating and Camaraderie”
  • Jennifer Troupe “The Diabetes Epidemic” — Jennifer Troupe is a practice manager at Providence Hospital in Missoula for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition 

3:30 Wrap up session

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Your Digital LION Magazine

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USA/Canada Forum Newsletter for September 2017

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Your Lions International Foundation In Action

lcif_v2cDear Lions,

Thank you for your most generous donations to LCIF. Just this year, your donations have enabled LCIF to respond to the disasters from Japan to South Asia to the U.S. Gulf Coast, Mexico and several Caribbean islands.

Earlier this month, Hurricane Harvey devastated the south central coast of Texas and areas of Louisiana. More recently, Hurricane Irma struck Florida and other areas of the Southeast United States, and laid waste to islands in the western Atlantic and Caribbean Sea. Mexico has been rattled by its strongest earthquake in 100 years. Together, LCIF and Lions are supporting relief efforts for all of these disasters.

We have been working directly with Lions in the affected areas to ensure they have what they need to respond in these emergencies, and disaster relief funds have been made available for Lions in all of the affected areas. In turn, Lions are coordinating their efforts with local agencies to determine the greatest need and how Lions can address those needs.

Your donations allow LCIF to respond to disasters at the moment they happen, and ensure we can respond when called upon for future emergencies.

Donate Now

Together, we are making a significant difference.

Sincerely,
Chancellor Bob Corlew
Chairman, Lions Clubs International Foundation

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District 37 Directory for 2017-18 Available

An open book reading District 37 Directory.Click on the image or use the drop-down link under “administration” below the banner above to open a copy you can read or save.

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Cabinet Meeting Minutes Available

The July 16, 2017, Cabinet Meeting Minutes are available for review.

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Montana Lions Forum September 30, 2017

DON’T BE TIMID, BE A LION

ATTEND THE MONTANA LIONS FORUM

EIGHT DIFFERENT PRESENTATIONS

Montana Forum logo with laurel weath around the Lions emblem.1. “Framing your club”
2. “Dynamics Between Generations”
3. “Communicating and Camaraderie”
4. “Don’t Blabber when asked about Lions”
5. “Free Money, double your impact”
6. “Why do we squabble?”
7, “PVC”
8. “The Diabetes epidemic”

Don’t be late register now

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Montana Lions S&H Foundation SAFARI – AUCTION

An elephant is reflected in a camera lens.The Foundation is auctioning the Safari (2017, spring fundraiser).  The initial raffle winner decided to take the cash prize.  Minimum bid $2000.00.  Send all bids to PDG Monte Weisser, 533 West Arizona; Kalispell, 59901; 406-756-8528; monte014@gmail.com.

Bids must be received prior to 5:00 PM on Tuesday, October 10.

  • The Safari (hunt or photography) is provided by Hunt SA; website, huntsa.com;
  • Trip is for 3 days/3 nights; includes lodging, meals, professional services;
  • Location:  Mayim Lodge, Grootdraai Farm, Eastern South Africa;
  • Flights through Port Elizabeth;
  • The hunt is for two animals – Warthog, Impala, and Mountain Reed Buck; additional animals can be purchased;
  • Additional days can be purchased at a rate of $350.00 for hunting; $150.00 for photography
  • For the photography safari, fees to parks and preserves are extra;
  • An area representative will be available to assist in booking and travel arrangements.

For more information contact PDG Monte Weisser.

PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION TO OTHER CLUB MEMBERS.

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Grants Available from Lions Clubs International Foundation

lcif_v2cDear Lions,

As a leader of this organization, something I want you to know is that Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) stands with Lions. LCIF helps Lions’ projects reach more people and benefit more communities. Have you ever thought about if the service project in your community could have reached more people if provided additional resources? Have you ever been involved in a project that you wish could have helped more people? LCIF grants are available to help you do that.

Dollar signs as leaves on a tree.Receiving a grant for your service project may seem like an abstract idea, but it is possible to accomplish this for your own community. The donations that LCIF receives go directly to Lions who apply for grants and meet the required criteria.

Think about the service projects your club is participating in. Can a grant make your projects more impactful to your community or the community you are serving? In addition, think about this the next time you consider giving a donation to LCIF.

We have some exciting changes happening to our grants framework, so I hope you will talk with your club about LCIF and the potential grant opportunities available to you.

Very truly yours,
Chancellor Bob Corlew
Your International President

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Montana LIONS Forum – September 30th, 2017

The MONTANA LIONS FORUM is fast approaching:

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  1. Learn how to help your club be more effective
  2. Become a better communicator
  3. Become a leader
  4. Meet friends
  5. Share ideas

SIGN UP NOW

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Learn More About Diabetes: Lions New Global Cause

Learn more about how you and your club can help the fight to turn around the diabetes epidemic. Guest Presenter Jennifer Traube from Providence Hospital in Missoula will be presenting at the Montana LIons forum. Sign up today to attend.

GMT, PDG Richard Gessling

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Forum Discounted Room Rate Deadline Approaches

LAST DAYS FOR DISCOUNTED ROOM RATES

MONTANA LIONS FORUM

HELENA ,MONTANA

SEPTEMBER 30th

Montana Forum logo with laurel weath around the Lions emblem.Forum headquarters: Radison Colonial Hotel ( old Red Lion Colonial Inn). Address 2301 Colonial Drive, Helena Montana 59601. Make at reservations 406-443-2100. Discounted rates offered until September 1.

REGISTER NOW

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Help Support LCIF’s Disaster Relief Efforts

lcif_v2cDear Lions:

Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the hurricane in Texas, USA. In times of crisis, Lions are often among the first to offer critical supplies of food, water, temporary shelter, and clothing. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is right there beside them, ready to support their efforts with fundraising assistance through disaster relief grant programs.

Your generous donations to LCIF enable us to respond swiftly wherever and wherever the need exists. Please consider making a donation to LCIF’s disaster fund today so that we may continue to provide help and hope to those who need it most.

Sincerely,
Chancellor Bob Corlew
Chairman, Lions Clubs International Foundation

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Lions Rally Around New Global Cause: Diabetes

An icon for diabetes.Did you know that diabetes impacts more than 400 million people per year, resulting in five million deaths annually? Because this disease has become a 21st century worldwide health emergency, we recently announced diabetes as our global focus in the new service framework. In alignment with this focus, we’ve added diabetes to the Centennial Service Challenge. Please encourage your clubs to host awareness campaigns, education and screening programs, and help expand treatment to stop this disease in its tracks. Together, we can meet the challenges of our next century of service!

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Centennial 2017-18: Lions Year of Dedication

centennial_smWelcome to the final year of our Centennial! The Lions Centennial Team designated 2017-18 as our Year of Dedication—and we know you’re dedicated to helping your clubs achieve their goals. Now is the perfect time to begin planning how you’re going to support your clubs’ efforts. How many more people can we serve through the Centennial Service Challenge? How many Legacy Projects can your clubs complete? How many more ways can we celebrate? Let’s keep the momentum going and finish our Centennial celebration strong!

 

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Centennial Service Challenge Update

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Montana Fall Forum, Sept 30, in Helena

Montana Forum logo with laurel weath around the Lions emblem.DON’T MISS OUT! ATTEND THE MONTANA LIONS FORUM.

  • See friends
  • Learn how to better lead your club
  • Learn better communication skills
  • Better understand Diabetes

The Montana Lions Forum is coming September 30 in Helena Montana at the Colonial Inn. Presentations include:Framing your Club“,   “PVC”  “Dynamics Between Generations“, “Communicating and Camaraderie“, “Don’t Blabber when asked about Lions” – your elevator speech,  “Free Money” – double your impact, “Why do we Squabble?“, “Everything you need to know about Diabetes” and how to help.

Don’t be late – register now.

Open a copy of the Fall Forum Registration form.

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Lions Clubs International Foundation Newsletter

Lions Clubs International Foundation

Dear Lions,

I’d like to begin my first newsletter by saying I am very excited for my new role as chairman of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF).  Having witnessed the wonderful service projects that are being completed around the world, some with funding from LCIF, I am ready to serve in a whole new way by supporting our foundation.

LCIF supports life-changing service projects Lions complete all around the world, providing grant funding for your local and global humanitarian efforts. Your contributions to LCIF have helped people near and far by providing disaster relief, saving sight, supporting youth and meeting humanitarian needs.

This year, which leads to the foundation’s 50th anniversary, we have a goal to raise US$50 million to support Lions’ compassionate service in more ways than ever. Lions show strength in numbers. When we work together, we can accomplish great things. I am confident this year will be the best year LCIF has had yet!

I look forward to my year as chairman and hope to see Lions and LCIF working hard to create positive change in our world.

corlew-headshot-circle.pngVery truly yours,
Chancellor Bob Corlew
Chairman, Lions Clubs International Foundation

 

Lions Clubs International’s Centennial Celebration at Convention

Chicago ParadeMore than 30,000 Lions from all over the world arrived in Chicago last month to celebrate LCI’s 100th anniversary at the International Convention. Among the many events that took place, a highlight was watching the Special Olympics – Leos “Mission: Inclusion” Unified Basketball Clinic presented by NBA great, Sam Perkins. Leos and Special Olympics athletes participated in basketball drills and scrimmages while working together and learning more about one another.

Convention is a great time to thank the generous Lions who donated. A special thanks is in order for Melvin Jones Fellows, Progressive Melvin Jones Fellows, Melvin Jones Fellowship clubs, and those in the Humanitarian Partner program. This year, we raised one of the highest donation amounts in LCIF Convention history. Because of your contributions, communities all around the world will receive help when it is needed.

The Project for Elimination of Avoidable Childhood Blindness

A little girl receiving glasses.For more than 15 years, LCIF’s SightFirst program and the World Health Organization (WHO) have partnered to serve more than 127 million children by working to eliminate avoidable childhood blindness. The Project for Elimination of Avoidable Childhood Blindness is an initiative that began in 2001. Since then, 51 Child Friendly Eye Care Centers have been established and supported in 50 countries within Africa, the Americas, the Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Western Pacific. The centers provide preventive, therapeutic, and rehabilitative eye care services for children aged 0-15 years. To date, more than 67,000 pediatric eye care staff have been trained, more than 13 million children have been screened for eye diseases, and more than 127 million children have received treatment. There have also been nearly one million education sessions for parents, caregivers and healthcare staff. Because of your donations to LCIF, millions of children have been given the chance to avoid childhood blindness.

Club LCIF Coordinators Position Update

optional-image-220x130.pngThe Club LCIF Coordinator is an ambassador for LCIF at the club level and is crucial to the promotion of our foundation. This person shares LCIF stories, motivates fellow Lions to support LCIF, and enables LCIF to advance its humanitarian work both locally and globally. Club LCIF Coordinators will be equipped with resources that will allow them to champion the goals of the foundation to Lions.

A new policy has been put into effect to help fill this vital role at the club level.  In addition to serving as mentors to the club president and vice presidents, immediate past club presidents will now serve as Club LCIF Coordinators.  If he or she is unable to serve in this capacity, the position may be filled by another club member.

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District Policy Manual Available Online

37_state_mail_headDownload an Adobe Acrobat file of the Policy Manual published August, 2017.

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MT Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation Newsletter

Click here for the July 2017 Foundation newsletter.

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Another Lion Sleeps: Jim King of the Cut Bank Club

Lion Jim King shakes hands with ADG Lary.Lion Jim passed away July 20, 2017, and services were held at Crown Hill Cemetery, with a reception at Prairie Peace Lutheran Church on July 25. The photo was of Jim receiving his 35 year Monarch pin from ADG Lary Garrison in June. Jim was an active member in the Cut Bank Lions Club and was willing to help in any way he could, in spite of the health issues he faced.

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2017-2018 District Cabinet Directory Available

The updated directory is available under the administration menu in the banner above or click here.

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Early Registration for 2017 Forum Ends Soon

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Letter from LCI President to ADG Lary Garrison (and Dist. 37)

Dear Governor Lary,

Thanks so sincerely for all of your hard work in a District 37.  Although your District is not yet at growth for this year, you and the other Lions have worked hard to make your District even better, and you have worked to serve your communities.

I am writing you to ask your help and also to tell you about a way that your District can still be recognized for membership gains this year!  You have already proven that yours is a District with dedicated leaders.  Through your leadership, you have already contributed to our tremendous success this year.

I’m sure your already know that LCI is now larger than we have ever been during our 100 year history!  We broke the records this year!  But, I am sad to tell you that here in the United States, we are not yet at growth.  Nonetheless, it has been a great year in the US as we have worked toward gaining new members.  The last numbers I saw showed the US down by fewer than 800 members.  And that’s the best we’ve been in much longer than I can remember.

I’m writing you to ask you to help us get the US to growth during this Centennial year!  We have 9 more days to do it!  Won’t you make some contacts with the Club Presidents in your District and get them to help us?  This is a great opportunity for the Lions of the US to demonstrate our leadership once again.

As an additional incentive, I have already announced that in addition to recognizing Governors of Districts at growth for the year, we will also recognize Governors whose Districts grow DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE!  So this is a chance to your District to be recognized for your membership growth!

So please, make these last 9 days count for us in the US and also in your District.  Please keep up the great work so we can get more good members who will help us help more people in more communities.  Together we will continue to find those New Mountains to Climb!

I hope to see you at the Convention in Chicago!

Bob

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All-time Membership Record for Lions Clubs International

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Dear Fellow Lions,

I am pleased to announce that we just surpassed our all-time membership record of 1,445,591 Lions!

I want to thank each and every one of you for your dedication to changing lives and growing our association’s humanitarian impact over the past year. Thanks to you, we are positioned to enter our second century of service stronger than ever before. Thanks to you, Lions clubs are serving in more communities around the world. And thanks to you, we are helping more people than ever before.

Thank you for helping Lions reach new heights!

corlew-headshot-circle.png   Very truly yours,
Chancellor Bob Corlew

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Lions Clubs International’s Notice of Pending Amendments

Lions:

The 100th International Convention is fast approaching. This message is official notice of Constitutional changes proposed for the Convention to consider.

Please allow this message to serve as a reminder that the Official Convention Call has been published in the Lions Magazine in compliance with Article VI, Section 2 of the International By-Laws.

All Lions can review the 2017 Official Call and Notice of Amendments on the Association website or may click the following link to review the 2017 Official Convention Call and Notice of Amendments as published in the LION Magazine.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

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White Sulphur Springs Lions Father’s Day Fishing Derby

A leaping trout illustrates the White Sulphur Springs Lions Derby.The Derby is being held Sunday, June 18th at Newlon Creek Reservoir from 7 AM to 3 PM. Tickets are $10 (sales close at noon on Sunday) from a Club member, Meagher County News, or any local bar. $500, $300 and $200 winner’s prizes (by weight) plus lots of door prizes, too.  Stop by and enjoy a great time!

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Lions International Convention – June 30 to July 4, 2017

membership-awards.pngChicago Readies Lions Centennial Convention

Celebrate the Centennial, June 30-July 4, 2017, at the Lions International Convention in Chicago, the city where it all began. Join Lions and Leos from more than 100 countries for five days of activities, fellowship and fun at this historic event! Here are just a few highlights:

  • Discover how Lions the world over are celebrating 100 years of service in PIP Frank Moore’s Centennial message scheduled for the Second Plenary Session.
  • Attend the Centennial Seminar and hear celebration stories from leaders in each of the constitutional areas.
  • Experience the spectacular interactive Centennial Exhibit that takes you on a journey from our founding to our global impact today…and beyond!
  • Behold the enormous, awe-inspiring banner that proudly displays the worldwide community of Lions.

Stop by the Centennial-LCI Forward Booth and be sure to purchase a beautifully crafted Centennial Commemorative Coin at Club Supplies Store. 

See You in Chicago!

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District C-2 Convention Registration Form Available

100 Years of Service and Beyond is the theme of Lions Clubs International’s District C-2 Convention being held October 20 & 21, 2017, in Medicine Hat, Alberta. The fillable registration form is now available.

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Your May 2017 Digital Lion Magazine

lion_blueCatch up on all the latest Lion news and views in the June issue of LION Magazine. Check out some of this month’s digital extras and features:

  • California Lions are on a mission to help struggling U.S. veterans. Serving Those Who Served tells the story of how Lions are offering hope, help and housing to the homeless.
  • Get into the Centennial spirit by watching this lively Happy 100th Birthday, Lions! video. Lions from all over the world offer their own special birthday greetings.
  • “What if I get sick?” This is the question many people in remote areas ask. Watch Health Care for the Poor, and discover how Remote Area Medical (RAM) reaches those in need.

Wherever you go, LION Magazine is already there.

Enjoy The Latest Issue Right Now!

Best regards, Your LION Magazine Team

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Lions Clubs International Public Service Announcement

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Online Training Available for Club Officers

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Dear Lions Leaders,

Help to prepare your incoming club officers by sharing new club officer training! These online modules have a brand new look. Each of the sessions will be paired with an exciting interactive webinar (more information to come). Be sure to take a look at all of the excitement here:

Club Officer Training

Club President Responsibilities

Club Secretary Responsibilities

Club Treasurer Responsibilities

Users will need to create an LLC login if they don’t have one, so please navigate to the LLC page to get started.

Please be sure to forward this message to any incoming officers.

Best Regards, Leadership Development Division

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May 2017 Newswire Available (click banner)

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April 2017 Cabinet Meeting Minutes Available

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