You may think that Lions Club members are special possibly retired people who care about others and their community and have a lot of spare time that they use for their volunteer work. This is not true. Well actually the "lot of spare time" part is not true. Lions are ordinary people from all walks of life who fit their volunteer work around their other commitments because it's gratifying and fun. Our club is comprised of as many women as men and is also the social time for a number of couples who attend together. We have one General meeting a month that includes a meal. There are no meetings in July and August so that's a total of of 10 meetings per year.
Attendance at general meetings and events where we raise money is not mandatory. We understand if you can only commit to a few hours, or a few days, or to help with one or two events or projects a year. Lions International believes in the importance of family and holds that family time should always take precedence over serving in the community. That being said we know that their a many benefits to joining a local Lions club such as new friends and pride in a job well done (pardon the pun). The few hours that members can fit in around other commitments are life-changing to those who reap the benefits and those who do the work.
On a larger scale worldwide Lions are improving communities around the world and meeting to plan local projects to fight diabetes, childhood cancer, blindness, poverty, and hunger. We help in times of disaster. We sponsor international exchanges for young people. We bringing clean drinking water to a remote village. We're building. We're sharing. We're repairing, and it's worldwide but in Hanover Ontario too.
Being a member of our club is a great opportunity to get to know and develop personal and professional relationships with people in Hanover or the immediate area. To become a Lion is to become an active volunteer, a member of a respected international organization, a leader in your community and a friend to people in need. As part of their mission to help others Lions take on roles as organizers, advocates, fund-raisers and hands-on volunteers. You'll grow personally and professionally and you'll know that what you do is worthwhile and appreciated.
We are happy to have new members. Every new member is sponsored and mentored by a current club member. Our annual club fee (which also covers the cost of your meal each month) is $190.00 per year paid in two installments of $95.00. The fees paid by our members go to an "Admin" account and are kept separate from funds raised by fundraising events. Money that comes from the public goes back to the public. A "poor" club is a successful club.
If you would like more information contact Kim Catalano (Membership Coordinator) at 519-364-0983 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There is an application form available in this website. Go to the member link on the top yellow bar and select from the pull down menu.
Please check the Code of Ethics below. It characterizes the things Lions everywhere agree to follow. To be a member of our club, each applicant must agree to follow this Code of Ethics.
LIONS CODE OF ETHICS
TO SHOW my faith in the worthiness of my vocation by industrious application to the end that I may merit a reputation for quality of service.
TO SEEK success and to demand all fair remuneration or profit as my just due, but to accept no profit or success at the price of my own self-respect lost because of unfair advantage taken or because of questionable acts on my part.
TO REMEMBER that in building up my business it is not necessary to tear down another’s; to be loyal to my clients or customers and true to myself.
WHENEVER a doubt arises as to the right or ethics of my position or action towards others, to resolve such doubt against myself.
TO HOLD friendship as an end and not a means. To hold that true friendship exists not on account of the service performed by one to another, but that true friendship demands nothing but accepts service in the spirit in which it is given.
ALWAYS to bear in mind my obligations as a citizen to my nation, my state (province) and my community, and to give them my unswerving loyalty in word, act and deed. To give them freely of my time, labor and means.
TO AID others by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak, and my substance to the needy.
TO BE CAREFUL with my criticism and liberal with my praise; to build up and not destroy.