GLOBAL ACTION TEAM (GAT)
Cindy Gregg, PID
GAT Coordinator, Area D-1
PA's Global Membership Champion
GLOBAL ACTION TEAM COORDINATOR MESSAGE - March 2022
Dear Fellow Lions,
As you are aware, Lions Clubs International supports clubs and members around the world to advance our global mission of service. Of course, this is achieved and supported by the international dues of our incredible members.
In recent years, it has become increasingly clear that the services which LCI has provided to members within its available budget is no longer in line with what Lions need and expect.
Consequently, the Board of Directors undertook an extensive review of our Association’s financial records, including the implementation of substantial budget reductions.
After much consideration, in October 2019, the International Board of Directors voted to approve an international dues adjustment resolution to be voted on at the 2020 International Convention, but due to the cancellation of that convention and the need for a virtual convention in 2021, this vote was postponed. However, the new dues adjustment model will be voted on at the 2022 International Convention.
Under the proposal, international dues will be adjusted according to the following schedule:
$3 increase on July 1, 2023
$2 increase on July 1, 2024
$2 increase on July 1, 2025
The Association has been reluctant to adjust dues over the years, with the last dues adjustment in 2011, even though inflation had increased its operating costs. The proposed adjustment will help to cover LCI’s costs and allow staff to properly serve our members’ needs. Again, the Board of Directors did not take this issue lightly, nor are they minimizing the value that members contribute. That’s why the Board of Directors waived the membership/charter fee during the past two years.
Nevertheless, it is essential that we keep in mind that our outstanding staff globally supports 1.4 million members and 50,000 clubs with service resources, training events and software, club operational support, hybrid conventions, international meetings, language services in 14 languages, technology, Foundation and leadership support, and everything else that our members expect.
A dues adjustment will allow Lions Clubs International to provide improved support while continuing to improve programs and digital products, such as our website and MyLion. It will also allow us to invest in new programs, such as the Learning Management System (LMS), develop new curriculum, such as digital literacy, training videos, global advertising, marketing automation, digital and video storytelling and other tools and initiatives that will enhance our impact, our brand, and our membership. Even with the increase in international dues, Lions Clubs International dues will continue to be lower than Rotary and Kiwanis.
All delegates to the International Convention in Montreal will be asked to seriously consider voting for this resolution. Ultimately, the choice is yours.
Thank you for your consideration and for all that you do to “Serve from the Heart.”
In Friendship and Service,
Cindy Gregg, PID