Centennial Report Days: Your Clubs’ Time to Shine!

membership-awards.pngWe’re looking for the biggest, the best and most beneficial Centennial achievements during the next Centennial Report Days. This is a unique opportunity to reflect and show appreciation for our Centennial successes from July 2014 through June 2018. Tell your clubs that you will be asking for their greatest Centennial accomplishment in January 2018.

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LCIF: Celebrating 50 Years of Extraordinary Service

membership-awards.pngService has been the cornerstone of Lions’ Centennial celebration, and, for 50 years, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has been supporting that service. In addition to Lions’ 100th Anniversary, we’re celebrating another defining milestone: LCIF’s 50th Anniversary. Visit LCIF50.org today to find great videos and stories, and to enter the monthly Together We Can Contest. Lucky Lions from around the globe have a chance to win an exclusive LCIF 50th Anniversary medal and be recognized at our International Convention in Las Vegas. Enter today!

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Northwest Lions Leadership Institute, May 10-13, 2018

Lion Ladies and Gentlemen of Montana:

PZC Mike Peterson of the Bremerton Central Lions, is currently serving as the 2018 Superintendent of the NW Lions Leadership Institute.  He would like to invite you and any of your Lions tleaders1o attend the Leadership Institute to take place at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., 10 – 13 May 2018.  Detailed information is available, and registration can be done on-line via the website at http://www.nwlli.org.  A flyer is attached that can be used to promote the Institute.  There are 60 student slots available and these will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  Please feel free to contact Mike at mjpeterson2.1@juno.com if you have any questions.

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Thanksgiving Greetings to Montana Lions

An artistic hand forms a turkey wishing Montana Lions a Happy Thanksgiving.Enjoy the “Lion Sleeps Tonight” video post below!

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Epic Remake of the Lion Sleeps Tonight

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Your Digital Lion is Ready

Lion MagazineGo the the Lions Clubs International Digital Lion website.

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Limited Time to Purchase Centennial Coin

Lions Clubs Centennial CoinThe Centennial Coin will be available from the US Mint only through December 31.  If any inventory remains, they will be available through Club Supplies until all are sold.  Centennial coins support the life-changing work of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) through a $10 contribution from each coin. The coins make wonderful gifts and recognition for deserving Lions.

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Foundation ATV Fundraiser

A symbol illustrating an all terrain vehicle.The Montana Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation is sponsoring an ATV FUNDRAISER. The raffle will offer a 2018 Honda, 700 Series, side by side, ATV. Tickets will be sold for $20.00 each or 8 for $100.00. If the raffle winner does not want the ATV they can choose a $7,500.00 payment.

Tickets have been sent to every Lion in the State and will be available to every Lions Club. Additional information has been sent with every set of tickets. The final drawing will be held at the 2018 District convention which will be held in Butte, April 27-28, 2018.

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Worldwide Service Week for Diabetes: Nov. 13-19

Lions Unite — It’s time to join the fight.

Globally, 1 in 2 people with diabetes are undiagnosed. Chances are that members of your club, or their families, are living with this disease right now.

A graphic illustrating blood testing for diabetes.Diabetes is so pervasive—and so much can be done to prevent and manage it—that we hope your plans are in place to meet with your club on World Diabetes Day (Tuesday, November 14) or during our Worldwide Week of Service for Diabetes (November 13–19).

If you haven’t yet, please:

Schedule a club meeting about diabetes—this meeting will be eligible as a Diabetes Education service activity. Download your meeting tool kit

We can’t wait to hear how your club is going to join the fight against diabetes! Add your activities as comments on this site!

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Jessica Falcon Named MTLS&H Foundation Administrator

Knight-3Montana Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation Trustees have approved the hiring of Lion Jessica Falcon of the Kalispell Sunriser Lions Club as the new Foundation administrator.

Lion Jessica brings a long history (16 years) of involvement with the Sunriser Lions Club. She has served in numerous roles: cabinet secretary, club president, district social media chair, zone 3 chair, trustee of the Montana Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation. She has 10 years of clerical experience, most recently, with the Columbia Falls school system.

The transition process is ongoing and will be completed within the next couple of weeks. Lions can contact Lion Jessica and the Foundation: Box 1925, Columbia Falls, MT 59912; 406-253-1737; lion.jfalcon@gmail.com.

For more see the current issue of the Foundation newsletter.

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Montana Foundation Newsletter Available

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Walk the World with LCIF for Sight for Kids $$$

Charity Miles LogoLCIF is proud to partner with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies to provide Sight for Kids. Now, you can walk, run, or bike to raise money for Sight for Kids wherever you are in the world. Simply download the Charity Miles app on your smartphone, select “Sight for Kids,” and take a walk! LCIF will receive a donation for every mile logged. Supporting this vital initiative has never been easier! To date, Lions have raised nearly US$15,000 through Charity Miles! This equates to almost 150,000 miles biked or almost 60,000 miles walked or run. Keep going, Lions!    Download the Charity Miles app.

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Share Your Lions’ Legacy with Others

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Connect with your community and build your Lion legacy by completing a Legacy Project during our Centennial celebration. These projects are visible gifts to your community that commemorate our Centennial and create a lasting legacy of your service contributions. Let others know what you are doing by adding your Club’s events to this website. Or promote your project to the media by sending out a press release or asking a local reporter to help tell your story. The Legacy Project program ends June 30, 2018, so start planning yours today!

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Join the Fight Against Diabetes – Get Your Toolkit Now

A graphic illustrating blood testing for diabetes.Lions international has produced a series of informational items about the new Global Initiative: Fighting Diabetes.  Visit the LCI Diabetes website by clicking on this link.

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Revised District Directory

The District 37 Directory has been updated and is now available. Click to open a copy.

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Cabinet Meeting Minutes Available

Click here for a copy of the October 1, 2017, District 37 Cabinet Meeting minutes.

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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

An image of a stack of books on Lions history, values, projects and organization.

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:

The Lions International logo within an outline of the state of Monatana.

  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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