Lions,

You’ve read several articles about dues and prepping for an increase. Right now the increase would just “stay the course”. Do we want to change things? What are your thoughts?

Just to start priming the pump, I’ll offer some of my thoughts.

Lions,

There is going to be a dues increase on the state convention ballot. It won’t be in May 2020, but it is coming in a year or so. Why, you ask?

Last time we discussed inflation as an issue. Another issue is the number of Lions in Ohio. In 1992 we had 20121 Lions. In February 2019, we had 11254. Our state dues are $12.16 per year. With our current Lions, we have about $137,000 in funding. With 1992 member levels we would have about $245,000 in funding. Since there are very few MD13 expenses that relate “per member”, we could fund many more services without any dues increase!

Lions,

The Multiple District 13 Finance and Long-Range Planning Committee (F&P) met in October and proposed actions at the November Council of Governors (COG) meeting. The seven Governors and the Council Chair heard and voted on several F&P activities. I wanted to highlight a few of these items.

F&P solicited proposals from 9 auditing firms that were recommended by Lions in Ohio. We received 2 proposals. F&P recommended, and the COG approved Alan Portnoy, CPA to do our filings and every-other-year audits through 2022.

Lions,

There is going to be a dues increase on the state convention ballot. It won’t be in May 2020, but it is coming in a year or so. Why, you ask?

There are several reasons, and in this article and future articles we can explore these reasons and the impacts they have on Ohio Lions. This month, we are going to talk about the effects of inflation.

Lions,

Hi again from Lion PDG Dave. I am currently serving as the Chair of the state committee Finance and Long Range Planning (F&P for short). I was asked to write a column for district newsletters about what happened in the July and August F&P meetings. As I started to do that, it dawned on me that I really need to report on last year’s activities first.

Lions,

If you do not happen to know me, I want to introduce myself to you. You probably know my wife Multiple District Secretary Debbie. Past District Governor (PDG) Debbie and I as well as one of our three children are Lions. I have been a Lion for 31 years in the Hilliard Lions Club. I’m also a PDG and I’m currently the Chair of the state Finance and Long Range Planning Committee.

What does the state committee Finance and Long Range Planning do?

The Ohio Lions Finance and Long Range Planning Committee (F&P) is a large committee of 17 members. There are 7 elected district reps who are the voting members and there are an additional 10 non-voting ex-officio Lions. Just as a reminder, “ex-officio” means “by virtue of office” which means merely that whoever is the Council Chair, Chair of the Liaison Committee, and others by their position are included.