Frequently Asked Questions

This page is an ongoing project. More questions about Lions and our communications can be added as time goes. If you don’t see your question here, please email lions4service@gmail.com and one of our web site team members will respond to your inquiry.  Each set of FAQ are located on respective tab. Known issue – Calendar is not showing correctly. Working on solution. 

What is the difference between the Thread, District Calendar, and Web Site for events?
  • The Thread is our District email blast to the District membership and club leadership that lists upcoming events and Sunshine (Membership illness / Death news); District news. It is a summary email that provides links to flyers and other content that may be provided such as a District or MD4 training. It is maintained by the District PR Chair.
  • The Calendar is a Google Calendar to allow all club, District, MD4 and LCI events that are maintained on the Calendar to be synced to the personal calendars of the District membership for easy tracking of upcoming events. It is maintained by the District Calendar Chair and the individual clubs.
  • The Web Site events feature is a manual input by the District Webmaster for viewing on the web site.  It has nothing to do with the Calendar or Thread, but its content is pulled from both the Thread and Calendar.
  • Contact email for all 3 sources is lions4service@gmail.com
How to submit your club event?
  • District Calendar  FAQ  and Procedure
  • Until you have your calendar procedure learned and ready to go, please send our fliers to lions4service@gmail.com
How do I navigate the site?
  • The web site has a site menu that lists all the pages on the site, listed on the bottom footer on all pages.
  • The menus in yellow are drop down boxes, typically the first page you see will not show if there are child pages to them. For example, Leadership will not show because it has 4 child pages for Leadership, PCL, SFCCL, and Committees. In this scenario, the parent page will not show, but the child pages will. Child and parent pages refer to order on the menu.
  • The primary menu sections are Home, Who We Are, How We Serve, Events, News and Media, and FAQ
  • The child pages are indented on the site menu, so you know which page goes with which section
  • Home - Upcoming Events / current Governor Messages
  • Who We Are - A description about District 4C4 / District Leadership Teams / Club Meeting Info / Be a Lion - Contact Page, Descriptions of how to serve, attend a meeting, make a donation for a Fellowship
  • How We Serve - Projects / Resources - links to important documents and Lions Links
  • Events - District Calendar (Google) / District Events / Club Events
  • News and Media - Lion Michael Chan District Photo Gallery - extensive shutterfly gallery of current and past Lions events in our District / District 4c4 Photo Gallery - official District 4C4 Flicker photo gallery, taken mainly by Lion Alison Wilson, but can be added to by clubs / Newsletters - Club, District, MD4, and Other
Who do I contact for help with the web site?
  • Email lions4service@gmail.com for help. One of our web team members will respond to your inquiry.
How do I join Lions?
  • Membership in Lions is by invitation only. If interested in a joining a Lions club, please email joininglions@gmail.com for further info.
How much does it cost to join Lions?
  • Each club maintains its own dues structure. The cost of membership far exceeds cost of dues. To be a Lion involves volunteering and donation of charity. Expenses can come in form of meal meetings, fundraisers, conventions, travel, and charitable donations. Service projects are free, but nearly everything else done in Lions has a cost associated with it.
  • As all funds raised from the community must go back to the community, it is a common practice among clubs to charge their members a nominal donation to introduce themselves at a meeting to raise money for the club's admin fund. Another  common practice to increase the admin fund, which can only be funded by Lions donations, is a special 50/50 raffle for Lions only.
  • Membership dues cover a subscription to the Lions Clubs International monthly magazine, featuring news on Lions from throughout the world.
What is difference between Community Account and Admin Account?
  • Every dollar raised from the community must go back to the community, so Lions clubs have two bank accounts to donate to charitable causes and pay for their expenses: one for Community and one for Admin.
  • The Community account is for all funds raised from the community. The Admin account is the only account that can be used to pay for club expenses and is raised solely by donations and fees from Lions. Any fundraiser a club has to fund their Admin account must clearly state that all funds raised are for the Admin account and every effort needs to be made to invite only Lions and their immediate families. All community funds raised must go back to community.
  • Community funds raised are donated to charitable causes, usually stated in the fundraiser program. Typically clubs will donate to causes that support Youth Programs, Senior support, Veterans, Eyesight prevention and treatment programs, Lions and charitable foundations (i.e. Lions Eye Foundation, Canine Companions for Independence, Inc, etc.), and other community programs. Admin funds raised pay for club supplies and membership benefits like subsidized conventions, apparel, and fellowship events. Each club has their own program for what they do for their members.
  • PDG = Past District Governor
  • PIP = Past International President
  • LCIF = Lions Clubs International Foundation
  • LEF = Lions Eye Foundation
  • PCP = Past Council Chair - the leader of the MD4 council of governors - all 15 District Governors in the MD4 for a given year. Annually, a PDG is elected to serve as the Council Chair of the 15 District Governors in MD4, which is all of California.
  • Melvin Jones Fellowship = $1000 donation to LCIF
  • Helen Keller Fellowship = $1000 donation to LEF
  • Don Stanaway Fellowship = single $250 / life $500 donation to LEF
  • Fred W. Smith Fellowship = $500 donation to Student Speaker Foundation
  • LYCA = Lions Youth and Community Activities Raffle Program
  • Cabinet Meeting = quarterly meeting featuring the District leadership and committee chairs giving reports to the membership about the status of their committee business. Typically, the Governors will invite their counterparts from other Districts to come in and speak as guests at the meeting. The program also includes training from the GLT / GMT team, a breakfast and lunch, and a segment where clubs can promote their upcoming events to the audience.
  • Council Meeting = a monthly meeting where clubs in either San Mateo County and City Palo Alto, or San Francisco as a whole, meet to share ideas, coordinate activities, and engage in fellowship with each other.  Both the Peninsula and SF Coordinating Councils present an annual Police & Fire Awards Banquet Dinner to honor the Police & Fire professional in their local communities.
  • GLT / GMT Training = held quarterly, these are 2-3 hour training sessions by the GLT / GMT Training Team to train Lions on officer roles, troubleshoot club management challenges, and teach other pertinent topics of Lionism