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					                                              CHAPTER XX
                                            PUBLIC RELATIONS
A. PUBLICATIONS                                                          and directors who will be continuing in office
                                                                         for their review and possible changes. After
    1.   The Public Relations and Communications                         the updated biography is prepared, the previ-
         Division shall produce and make available,                      ous biography shall be removed from the file
         either on the association’s official web site or                and destroyed.
         through club supplies, the Club Public
         Relations Chairperson’s Guide and the                      3.   Publicity Photographs. All candidates for
         District Public Relations Chairperson’s Guide                   international office shall be required to send
         as indicated.                                                   three color photographs suitable for publicity
                                                                         purposes at the same time they send their
         a.   Club Public Relations Chairperson’s                        biographical information form. The photo-
              Guide (Web site and club supplies)                         graph must be color, no smaller than 3-1/2 x 5
                                                                         inches and no larger than 8 x 10 inches, and
         b.   District Public Relations Chairperson’s                    shall be provided at the candidate’s expense.
              Guide (Web site only)                                      Additional copies needed for legitimate asso-
                                                                         ciation purposes shall be made at the associ-
    2.   An updated list of films and slide presenta-                    ation’s expense. Photographs of unsuccess-
         tions shall be published and made available                     ful candidates shall not be returned.
         to Lions clubs and districts upon request.
                                                                    4.   Presidential Photographs. The following
    3.   A list of publications available from interna-                  photographs of the incoming international
         tional headquarters shall be updated every                      president shall be made at the association
         year and made available upon request to                         expense:
         clubs and districts.
                                                                         a.   A black and white and a color portrait
    4.   The incoming international president’s pro-                          suitable for general publicity purposes.
         gram shall be published in the July/August
         issue of Lion Magazine, and made available                      b.   A 20 x 24 inch color portrait, to be dis-
         for download from the association’s official                         played at international headquarters dur-
         web site. A printed copy shall be mailed or                          ing the president’s term of office, and
         given to all members of the International                            returned to him/her at the end of his /her
         Board of Directors; to all council chairper-                         term.
         sons; to all incoming district governors (who
         are not council chairpersons); and to all certi-                c.   An 8 x 10 head and shoulders color por-
         fied candidates for international office.                            trait for hanging in the Past Presidents’
                                                                              Gallery at International Headquarters.
B. OFFICER AND DIRECTOR PUBLICITY
   MATERIALS
                                                                    5.   National Anthems. The Public Relations
    1.   Candidate Biographies. A biographical                           and Communications Division shall maintain
         information form shall be sent to all candi-                    a cassette-tape file of the national anthems of
         dates for international office as soon as they                  all officers and directors.
         are certified. Using the information contained
         on the form, the Public Relations and                      6.   International Visitors Kit. Upon request
         Communications Division shall prepare a                         from the Travel and Administrative Services
         short biography and send it to the candidate                    Department or the host Lions, the Public
         for approval. If the candidate is elected, the                  Relations and Communications Division shall
         approved biography will be the official biogra-                 send an International Visitors Kit to the host
         phy of the officer or director during the fol-                  Lions as an aid to publicizing an international
         lowing fiscal year. The official biography will                 speaker’s visit. It shall include the following
         also be used as the basis for an election                       materials: three copies of the speaker’s biog-
         news release, to be sent immediately after                      raphy; three photographs; an official protocol
         the convention to the local media specified                     manual; the speaker’s national anthem tape,
         on the biographical information form.                           if different from the host country; table-top
         Biographical information forms and biogra-                      flag with stand of the speaker’s country, if dif-
         phies of unsuccessful candidates shall not be                   ferent from the host country; suggestions for
         retained.                                                       obtaining local publicity; and including a letter
                                                                         asking the host Lions to encourage the visitor
    2.   Current Officer and Director Biographies.                       to speak on and/or answer questions related
         Prior to the international convention, official                 to youth programs.
         biographies on file shall be sent to all officers

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     7.   Publicity Materials for Past Officers and                     ed shall be reviewed from time to time by the
          Directors. Every five years, the Public                       Public Relations Committee. Lions who
          Relations and Communications Division shall                   receive the award will be ineligible to receive
          send a copy of their file biography and photo-                it again. The award shall consist of a gold
          graph to all past international officers and                  medal of the official Lion symbol with gold
          directors. At their option, they may update                   and purple neck ribbon, and a smaller lapel
          either the biography or photograph or both.                   pin version thereof and a suitable plaque.
          The Public Relations and Communications                       Complete records of awards given shall be
          Division will file the new material, but will                 maintained at Lions Clubs International
          make copies only to respond to specific                       headquarters. The president shall present
          requests.                                                     the award in person whenever possible, but
                                                                        may delegate the presentation to one of the
C. AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS                                               international vice presidents if conditions
                                                                        make it impossible to present it in person.
     1.   The Public Relations and Communications                       He/she shall have 60 days after his/her term
          Division shall produce videos and slide pre-                  of office ends to present all awards, except
          sentations on relevant subjects and make                      that awards presented after his/her term
          them available through the Club Supplies                      ends must be presented by him in public and
          Catalog at the lowest possible price.                         in person. All awards not presented within
                                                                        this period and under these conditions shall
     2.   The video produced each year of the incom-                    be considered null and void. Lions receiving
          ing president’s international program shall be                the Ambassador of Good Will Award become
          provided at no charge to district governors                   ineligible for other presidential awards, with
          and members of the International Board of                     the exception of directors and board commit-
          Directors in the appropriate official language.               tee appointees serving with the international
                                                                        president during his or her term, and Lion
D. CONTESTS                                                             appointees to special assignments, such as
                                                                        area forums. This award shall not be given
     The Public Relations and Communications                            posthumously, except in cases where such
     Division shall supervise the following contests,                   person was designated to receive such
     with judging at the international convention under                 award prior to death.
     rules established by the Public Relations
     Committee. Winners will be announced at the final             2.   Lions Clubs International Foundation
     convention session and their names printed in a                    (LCIF) Friend of Humanity Award. The
     subsequent issue of Lion Magazine.                                 international president or LCIF chairperson
                                                                        may present up to 50 LCIF Friend of
     1.   Photography Contest. (See Exhibit A-I)                        Humanity awards. Lions who receive the
                                                                        award will be ineligible to receive it again.
     2.   International Newsletter (Bulletin) Contest.                  The award shall consist of a gold medal fea-
          (See Exhibit A-II)                                            turing the dove of peace over an olive wreath
                                                                        field and the logo of Lions Clubs International
     3.   International Trading Pin Contest) (See                       Foundation with the words “Friend of
          Exhibit A-III)                                                Humanity” directly below the dove descend-
                                                                        ing from a gold chest ribbon. Recipients may
     4.   International Friendship Banner Contest.                      be nominated or recommended by any Lion
          (See Exhibit A-IV)                                            member or be nominated directly by the inter-
                                                                        national president or LCIF chairperson. All
     5.   PR Idea Contest. (See Exhibit A-V)
                                                                        nominees shall be reviewed and approved by
     6.   International Web Site Contest (See Exhibit                   the LCIF chairperson prior to the award being
          A-VI)                                                         presented by the international president. The
                                                                        international president may allow the LCIF
E. OFFICIAL PROTOCOL                                                    chairperson to present this award to individu-
                                                                        als, when appropriate.
     The official protocol of The International
     Association of Lions Clubs shall be as shown in               3.   Lion Medal of Honor. This award shall be
     Exhibit B.                                                         awarded posthumously, at the discretion of
                                                                        the international president. No more than 15
F.   AWARDS                                                             medals shall be awarded per Lion year. Lions
                                                                        and non-Lions who have distinguished them-
     1.   Ambassador of Good Will. The internation-                     selves through extraordinary humanitarian
          al president may present up to 35 (increase                   effort, as determined by the international
          by 5 awards for Lion year 2006-07 and                         president, are eligible. This award will not be
          2007-08 and 2008-09) ambassador of good                       given to individuals who have received the
          will awards. The number of awards present-                    Ambassador of Goodwill. The award shall

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         consist of a gold plated medal medallion, with                 dent who will present it. Nominations may be
         an interior lapis blue border, and gold outside                made by Lions or non-Lions. A call for nomi-
         border, descending from a blue chest ribbon.                   nations shall be included in the first issue of
         The medallion will consist of a laurel wreath                  the “Leadership Update” every year; and
         surrounding the interior, the official Lion logo               sent to appropriate non-Lion media at the
         affixed top center, the words “medal of honor”                 same time, but no person may nominate him-
         directly below the logo and Latin inscription                  self or herself. All nominations shall be sub-
         “honor super omnia” bottom center. The pres-                   mitted on a form to be provided upon request.
         ident shall present the award in person                        For cash award, if any, nomination must
         (whenever possible) to the next-of-kin, but                    specify how the funds will be used. If possi-
         may delegate the presentation to an appro-                     ble, nominee should agree to accept the
         priate representative of Lions Clubs                           award in person at the international conven-
         International if conditions make it impossible                 tion. Deadline for nominations shall be
         to present it in person. Nominations may be                    December 31, prior to the convention at
         made by Lions only. All nominations shall be                   which the award will be presented.
         submitted on a form to be provided upon                        Nominations shall be reviewed by the LCIF
         request.                                                       Executive Committee and the international
                                                                        president. They shall choose three finalist
    4.   Presidential Award. The International                          nominees from among the nominees for
         President may present up to 775 (increase by                   approval by the LCIF Trustees no later than
         350 awards for Lions year 2008-09, with 150                    the March-April meeting, and shall also rec-
         awards designated for CSFII) (increase by                      ommend the amount of any cash grant. After
         275 awards for Lions year 2009-2010) presi-                    approval by the trustees, the final choice
         dential awards during his/her year in office.                  shall be made by the international president.
         The number presented shall be reviewed
         from time to time by the Public Relations                 7.   Head of State Medal. This award may be
         Committee. The International President may                     given at the discretion of the international
         present up to 1125 presidential awards dur-                    president to national heads of state or heads
         ing his/her year in office. Requests for                       of government in recognition of the govern-
         increases over and above this number will be                   ment’s support of Lionism, to encourage fur-
         considered on a case by case basis. All                        ther cooperation, and to establish rapport at
         awards should be given during the presi-                       the time of the president’s visit. The award
         dent’s term of office, but in no case later than               shall consist of a medal featuring a globe on
         60 days after the end of his/her term, unless                  a blue cross with red chest and neck ribbons,
         by agreement with the succeeding interna-                      and an appropriate certificate over the presi-
         tional president. The award shall consist of a                 dent’s signature. The award can be given
         medal and chest ribbon of a design approved                    only once to an individual incumbent.
         by the international president, and shall be                   Complete records of awards given shall be
         accompanied by a suitable letter. Complete                     maintained at Lions Clubs International
         records of awards given shall be maintained                    headquarters. The president shall present
         at Lions Clubs International headquarters. All                 the award in person whenever possible, but
         awards not presented within this period and                    may delegate presentation to one of the vice
         under these conditions shall be considered                     presidents in special circumstances.
         null and void.
                                                                   8.   Medal of Distinction. This award may be
         This award shall not be given posthumously,                    given at the discretion of the international
         except in cases where such person was des-                     president to prime minister (when they are
         ignated to receive such award prior to death.                  not head of state), governors or other per-
                                                                        sons designated by the president to have
    5.   International President’s Certificate of                       similar status. The award shall consist of a
         Appreciation. The international president                      medal featuring a crossed wreath design with
         may present an appropriate certificate of                      the Latin word “Amicitia” under a Lions
         appreciation to those Lions who, in his/her                    emblem with a purple and gold chest, as well
         judgment, have performed a significant serv-                   as neck ribbon, accompanied by an appropri-
         ice to Lionism during his/her year in office.                  ate certificate over the president’s signature.
         There is no limit to the number of such cer-                   Complete records of awards given shall be
         tificates that may be presented.                               maintained at Lions Clubs International
                                                                        headquarters. The president shall present
    6.   Humanitarian Award. The award may be
                                                                        the award in person whenever possible, but
         given to an individual or group for substantial
                                                                        may delegate presentation to one of the other
         humanitarian accomplishment, with the spe-
                                                                        executive officers in special circumstances.
         cific criteria for the award to be decided upon
         after consultation with the international presi-


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    9.   International President’s Medal of Merit.                 13. Certificates and Cards. All certificates,
         This award may be given at the discretion of                  awards, membership cards, etc., are to be
         the international president to local govern-                  prepared for the signature of the internation-
         ment officials such as mayors or other per-                   al president; and shall be translated into the
         sons designated by the president to have                      appropriate language, where feasible.
         similar status. The award shall consist of a
         medal featuring a star burst design with the              14. New Awards. No Lion, Lioness or Leo
         Latin word “Meritum” above a Lions emblem                     award, either by presentation by the associa-
         with a blue and gold chest as well as neck                    tion or by sale through the Club Supplies and
         ribbon, accompanied by an appropriate cer-                    Distribution Division, shall be introduced
         tificate bearing the president’s signature.                   without approval by the board of directors.
         Complete records of awards given shall be
         maintained at Lions Clubs International                   15. International Leadership Award. The inter-
         headquarters. The president shall present                     national president may present an appropri-
         the award in person whenever possible, but                    ate medal to those Lions who, in his/her
         may delegate presentation to one of the vice                  judgement, have made a significant leader-
         presidents in special circumstances.                          ship contribution during his/her year in office.
                                                                       He/she may present up to 980 (increase by
    10. International Order of the Lion. This award                    300 for Lions year 2008-09) (increase by 220
        may be given at the discretion of the interna-                 for Lions year 2009-2010) awards during
        tional president to distinguished lay people                   his/her year in office. He/she may present up
        for achievements in the humanities, science                    to 1280 awards during his/her year in office.
        and religion. The award shall consist of a                     Requests over and above this number will be
        medal featuring clasped hands over crossed                     considered on a case by case basis. The
        wreaths and jeweled Lions emblem with a                        number presented shall be reviewed from
        purple and gold chest ribbon, accompanied                      time to time by the Public Relations
        by an appropriate letter over the president’s                  Committee in conjunction with the Executive
        signature. Complete records of awards given                    Officers. All awards should be given during
        shall be maintained at Lions Clubs Inter-                      the president’s term of office, but in no case
        national headquarters.                                         later than 60 days after the end of his/her
                                                                       term, unless by agreement with the succeed-
    11. International Director Recognition Award.                      ing international president. This award shall
        An appropriate medal and plaque shall be                       not be given posthumously, except in the
        presented by the international president to                    cases where such person was designated to
        international directors at the conclusion of                   receive such award prior to death.
        their term of office.

    12. National or International Awards. Except
        with respect to an award made to a Lion in
        connection with a Lion activity, no Lions club,
        or group of Lions clubs, or district (single, sub
        or multiple) may grant any award, national or
        international in scope, except upon written
        approval of the award and the recipient by
        the board of directors or its designee.




Effective April 15, 2010                                    XX-4
             Lions Clubs International Contest Rules
           All Contests                                                             2. Lions clubs must submit two copies of the same
           1. All contests are judged by members of the Public                         issue of its best club bulletin.
              Relations Committee of the International Board of                     3. Districts must submit two copies of the same
              Directors at the Lions International Convention.                         issue of its single best bulletin. Districts producing
           2. All contest winners are announced at the Lions                           newsletters for more than one purpose or project
              International Convention and published in Lion                           must select only one for submission. (Only the first
              Magazine.                                                                eligible district bulletin contest entry received by the
                                                                                       Public Relations and Communications Division at
           3. Entries become property of Lions Clubs                                   International Headquarters will be considered by
              International Headquarters and cannot be returned.                       the judges.)
              Lions Clubs International may use entries in any
                                                                                    4. Newsletters must be mailed to the Public Relations
              way deemed suitable.
                                                                                       and Communications Division at International
           4. The Public Relations and Communications Division                         Headquarters to arrive by May 1 of the year in which
              at International Headquarters mails awards to all                        they’ll be judged at the Lions International
              winners by September 1 following the Lions                               Convention. Official entry form must accompany
              International Convention.                                                entry.
           5. The decisions of the judges are final.                                5. Newsletters will be judged for the quality of content,
                                                                                       page layout, publication design and production.
     I.    Photography Contest
           Awards: First place = plaque
                                                                         II. III.   International Trading Pin Contest
                   One honorable mention = certificate                              Awards: First place = plaque
                                                                                            One honorable mention = certificate
           1. The contest is open to all Lions, Leos, Lions clubs,
              districts, multiple districts and Leo clubs. The listed               1. The contest is open to all Lions clubs, districts
              awards will be presented in each category. In addi-                      and multiple districts. The above listed awards
              tion, winning photographs will be featured in Lion                       will be presented in each category.
              Magazine and on the official Web site at                              2. All clubs, districts and multiple districts must have
              www.lionsclubs.org.                                                      purchased pins from a duly authorized licensee of
           2. The three categories are fundraisers, community                          the Club Supplies Division of International
              service activities and youth involvement.                                Headquarters. (Complete information is available
                                                                                       through this division at headquarters.)
           3. Photographs should show Lions and/or Leos
              actively carrying out their fundraising or service                    3. All pins are to be made for the purpose of trading,
              activity. Posed, staged or static photographs will be                    not resale. Any evidence that pins are being sold
              disqualified, as will pictures of social or strictly                     will automatically disqualify them from competition.
              in-club activities.                                                   4. The Club Supplies Division will secure and retain
           4. Photographs must feature a Lions or Leo logo                             two samples of all convention trading pins. Club
              somewhere in the picture – either on clothing or as                      Supplies personnel will then give one sample of
              part of the background.                                                  each pin to the Public Relations and
                                                                                       Communications Division for automatic entry into
           5. All submissions must include a print AND negative.                       the trading pin contest.
              Slides are acceptable. All submissions must be
              received by the PR & Communications Division at                       5. Only pins received by May 1 will be judged at that
              International Headquarters by May 1 of the year in                       year’s Lions International Convention.
              which they’ll be judged. Official entry form must                     6. Pins will be judged on quality of design, attractive-
              accompany entry.                                                         ness and originality. All pin entries must display the
           6. Photographs will be judged on artistic quality,                          Lions emblem as part of the design.
              prominence of logo and how well they represent
              the association.                                           III. IV.   International Friendship
                                                                                    Banner Contest
I.   II.   International Newsletter                                                 Awards: First place = plaque
           (Bulletin) Contest                                                                 One honorable mention = certificate
           Awards: First place = plaque                                             1. The contest is open to all Lions clubs and
                   Four honorable mentions = certificate                               districts. (Not multiple districts.) The above listed
                                                                                       awards will be presented in each category.
                                                                                    2. Only banners purchased during the current fiscal year
           1. The contest is open to all Lions clubs and
                                                                                       through a duly authorized licensee or the Club
              districts. (Not multiple districts.) The above listed
                                                                                       Supplies Division will be eligible. (Complete informa-
              awards will be presented in each category.
                                                                                       tion is available from this division at headquarters.)
           Effective April 15, 2010                                     XX-5
        3. All banners are to be made for the purpose of                        2. Ideas must represent viable public relations
           exchange only, not for resale.                                          activities that successfully received attention among
        4. Prior to the Lions International Convention, the Club                   community members and in the media.
           Supplies Division shall get one sample of all                        3. Idea submissions will only be accepted between
           banners ordered through Lions Clubs International,                      March 1 and May 1 of the year in which they will be
           and will request all authorized licensees to provide                    judged. Official entry form must accompany entry.
           one sample of all banners produced for clubs and                     4. Ideas will be judged on quality, ease of implementa-
           districts for judging in the contest. The Club Supplies                 tion and actual success.
           Division will then deliver one sample of each banner
           to the Public Relations and Communications
           Division for entry into the contest.                      IV. VI.    International Web Site Contest
        5. Only banners received by May 1 will be judged at                     Awards: First place = plaque
           that year’s Lions International Convention.                                  Two honorable mentions = certificate
        6. Banners will be judged on quality of design, attrac-                 1. The contest is open to all Lions clubs, districts
           tiveness and originality. All banner entries must                       and multiple districts. The above listed awards will
           display the Lions emblem as part of the design.                         be presented in each category.
                                                                                2. All clubs, districts and multiple districts must submit
V.      PR Idea Contest                                                            a hard copy of their Web site and include the URL
                                                                                   on the Official Contest Registration Form.
        Awards: First place = plaque
               11 honorable mentions = certificate                              3. Entries must be mailed to the Public Relations and
                                                                                   Communications Division at International Head-
        1. The contest is open to all Lions, Leos, Lions clubs,                    quarters to arrive by May 1 of the year in which
           Leo clubs, districts and multiple districts. Winning                    they’ll be judged at the Lions International
           ideas will be featured regularly in Lion Magazine and                   Convention. Official entry form must accompany
           on the official Web site at                                             entry.
           www.lionsclubs.org.
                                                                                4. Web sites will be judged for quality of content and
                                                                                   design.


                      ENTRIES IN THE NEWSLETTER (BULLETIN) AND WEB SITE
                    MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE REGISTRATION FORM BELOW:
                                          OFFICIAL CONTEST REGISTRATION FORM
Please Type

Entry Level:               Individual Member                 Club          District         Multiple District
(circle one)

Club Name (if club entry) ____________________________________________________ District __________________

State/Province___________________________ Country________________________ Multiple District ___________

URL Address (for Web Site Contest): __________________________________________________________________

Entering Contest:          Newsletter (Bulletin)            Web Site
  (circle one)

Name _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Street ___________________________________________________________________________________________

City _________________________________________                       State/Province _____________________________________

ZIP/Postal Code _______________________________                      Country___________________________________________

Phone:_______________________________________                        Fax: _____________________________________________

E-Mail: __________________________________________________________________________________________

Lions Clubs International, Public Relations and Communications Division, 300 W 22ND STREET, OAK BROOK, IL 60523-8842 USA •
www.lionsclubs.org                                                    XX-6

PR-763 4/01
                                  LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
                                         Official Protocol
    The following is the official protocol policy of The              Explanation of notes used above:
International Association of Lions Clubs. Only the prin-
                                                                      (a) When more than one is present, they shall be
cipal speaker is required to acknowledge all dignitaries
                                                                          recognized according to the Roman alphabetic
present.
                                                                          order of the first letter of their fully used family
                                                                          name. If the first letter is the same, go to the
A. Order of Precedence
                                                                          second letter, and so on. If the last names are
Lions   shall be recognized in the following order:                       identical, the same process should be followed
   1.   International President                                           with the first given name; if these are the same,
   2.   Immediate Past International President                            then the middle name. In the unlikely event that
   3.   International Vice Presidents                                     the two names are identical, the one with the
        (according to rank)                                               longest association membership shall be given
   4.   International Directors (a)                                       precedence.
        (Board Appointees)*/**
                                                                      (b) When more than one is present, the one who
   5.   Past International Presidents (b)
                                                                          served most recently is given precedence, and
   6.   Past International Directors (c)
                                                                          so on.
   7.   Chairperson, Council of Governors (a)
   8.   District Governors                                            (c) When more than one is present, precedence
   9.   Association Executive Director                                    should be the same as for Past International
  10.   Association Secretary                                             Presidents (see (b) above). In the event more
  11.   Association Treasurer                                             than one Past International Director who
  12.   Past Council Chairperson (a)                                      served during the same term is present, then
  13.   Immediate Past District Governor (a)                              the criteria specified for (a) should be used.
  14.   First Vice District Governor
                                                                          General Comments—When a Lion holds more
  15.   Second Vice District Governor
                                                                          than one title, he or she shall be recognized for
  16.   Past District Governor (a)
                                                                          the highest one. In areas that have positions in
  17.   Multiple District Secretaries (Volunteer) (a)
                                                                          addition to those listed above, they should be
  18.   Multiple District Treasurers (Volunteer) (a)
                                                                          recognized in accordance with local customs,
  19.   District Secretaries (a)
                                                                          provided that elective officers always have
  20.   District Treasurers (a)
                                                                          precedence over appointive ones. It is recom-
  21.   Region Chairperson (a)
                                                                          mended that Melvin Jones Fellows be
  22.   Zone Chairperson (a)
                                                                          recognized as a group. In introducing speak-
  23.   District Chairperson (a)
                                                                          ers, their status as Fellows should be men-
  24.   Club Presidents (a)
                                                                          tioned.
  25.   Immediate Past Club Presidents (a)
  26.   Club Secretaries (a)
                                                                   B. Non-Lion Dignitaries
  27.   Club Treasurers (a)
  28.   Past Club Presidents (c)                                      Non-Lion dignitaries should be given precedence
  29.   Multiple District Secretaries (staff) (a)                     in accordance with local protocol and/or custom,
  30.   Multiple District Treasurers (staff) (a)                      keeping in mind that if the non-Lion is the principal
                                                                      speaker, then he or she should be seated directly
* Appointees by the International President to commit-                to the right of the chairperson (see next page).
  tees of the International Board of Directors and the
  LCIF Executive Committee shall be introduced and                 C. Head Table Seating
  otherwise recognized before Lions who have held
                                                                      The presiding officer or meeting chairperson must
  the same office. During introductions, their appoint-
                                                                      always be seated at the most central seat at the
  ment shall be mentioned.
                                                                      table when there is no central podium, shown as
                                                                      seat number one in the following diagram (figure 1).
** Single, sub and multiple district constitution and by-
                                                                      The principal speaker would occupy seat number
   laws or local customs and practice may alter the
                                                                      two, then other Lion dignitaries in accordance with
   order of precedence and/or content of numbers 4, 5
                                                                      the general order of precedence. If possible, there
   and 13 through 30 and in order to include recogni-
                                                                      should be the same number of seats to the right
   tion of past board appointees.
                                                                      and left of the chairperson or presiding officer (who




Effective April 15, 2010                                    XX-7
      would normally be the club president, district gov-            E. Multi-Head Tables
      ernor, council chairperson or international presi-
      dent).                                                            If there is more than one head table, the table at
                                                                        the highest level shall be considered the primary
                        (Audience)                                      one. Care should be taken not to seat Lions of the
Figure 1                                                                same rank at different tables.

                                                                     F. Head Table Introductions
      7        5        3        1        2         4         6
                                                                        Introduction of the head table should begin with the
As shown in figure 2, seating at a head table with a                    meeting chairperson or presiding officer, then con-
podium is essentially the same, except the meeting                      tinue from the person with the lowest rank on the
chairperson or presiding officer is always seated at the                order of precedence to the person with the highest.
left of the podium (facing the audience) and the princi-                When spouses are present at the head table, they
pal speaker at the right.                                               should be introduced with the member (e.g., “Past
                                                                        International Director John Doe and his wife
                        (Audience)                                      Jane”).

                                                                     G. National Anthems
  7        5       3   1     Podium       2     4       6     8
                                                                        When official representatives of the International
Figure 2                                                                Board of Directors (whether or not currently
   When spouses are present, they should be seated                      serving on the board) from another country are
   to the member’s left when on the left side of the                    present at an event where national anthems are
   table, on the member’s right when on the right side                  normally played, they should be extended the priv-
   of the table.                                                        ilege of having their anthem played.

D. Master of Ceremonies and Meeting Secretaries

      At some events, the Master of Ceremonies
      (emcee) will be someone other than the chairper-
      son or presiding officer. In such cases, he or she
      should be seated in accordance with local cus-
      toms, or at one end of the head table. If, however,
      his or her place in the general order of precedence
      dictates a specific seat (e.g., he or she is a past
      international president at a district function), then
      that should rule. On rare occasions, there will be a
      meeting secretary; again, local customs should
      rule.




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