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Aug 02 2016

1st Vice District Governor’s Message

Lion Diane Melnick 1st Vice District Governor Lion Bob Melnick, PDG Partner in Service

Lion Diane Melnick
1st Vice District Governor
Lion Bob Melnick, PDG
Partner in Service

Last month I reported what some of my duties as your 1st Vice-District Governor (VDG) would be this year and touched upon membership. In my visits to clubs during the past years there has been some questions and confusion on the types of membership available to our members. Hopefully, I will be able to clear some of this up on what I have found to be the two most confused membership categories in our clubs.

We are all familiar with the Active Member, which gives a member the right to seek, if otherwise qualified, any office in their club, district or association and their right to vote within your club, as well as their obligation to pay their dues. However, some confusion often arises between an Associate and Affiliate Membership.

An Associate Member is one who holds their primary membership in another Lions club but maintains a residence or is employed in the community served by another club. Their status is conferred by invitation of the board of directors and is reviewed annually. Their membership is not reported on the club’s Membership & Activities Report. An Associate Member may be eligible to vote on all club matters, at meetings where they are present in person, but may not represent the club as a delegate at district, multi-district or international conventions. They are also not eligible to hold club, district or international office. Although this type of membership is not reported to LCI nothing prevents the club from assessing an Associate such dues as they feel proper.

An Affiliate Member is an individual of your 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 and remain affiliated with the club. This status is conferred by invitation of the board of directors. An Affiliate Member may be eligible to vote on club matters at meetings where they are present in person, but may not represent the club as a delegate at conventions. They are not eligible to hold club, district, multi-district, etc. office. Affiliate Members are reported on the club’s Membership & Activities Report and are required to pay district, multi-district, as well as international and such dues as the club may charge – this is the same as any Active member in your club.

There are clubs in our district that have or have had one or more of their members who fall into one of these categories holding office and sitting on their board of directors. Remember that neither an Associate nor Affiliate Member is eligible to hold any office in your club, the district, etc. and that these types of memberships are extended by your board of directors and are to be reviewed periodically by them. Each of these types of members may be able to vote on club matters at meetings where they are present. An Affiliate Member is reported to LCI and pays the same dues as an Active Member –an Associate Member is not reported on your reports and pays any dues that your club feels proper.

Other types of club membership are: Members-At-Large, Honorary, Privileged, and Life Members, which space does not permit me to touch upon this month. However, I will give you information on these in my article next month. Information on all of these can be viewed on the Lions Clubs International (LCI) at: www.Lionsclubs.org.

Coming together as Lions is a beginning, staying together is progress, and when we work together its success for each of us and our clubs – may you all have Success through Service.
Yours in Lionism,
1VDG Diane Melnick
H: (352) 861-2730
C: (352) 274-1452
Email: melnick8350@aol.com

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