Meet Lori Bennett

Lori & Steve

 

Hello, My name is Lori Bennett, at your service as your Second Vice District Governor. I am a second-generation Lion and a member of the Paris Lions Club. I would like to take a few moments to share some information with you from Lions Clubs International: (visit www.lionsclubs.org for complete details)

October is a Membership Growth Month! Clubs that induct at least one new member during October and records that new member on MyLCI will receive a banner patch from LCI!

October is Centennial Service Challenge Worldwide Week of Service in Sight (October 4-10). If your club participates in a vision-related service project during that week and records it on MyLCI, you will receive a banner patch from LCI!

October is our very first District 1M CONVENTION!! This is your club’s opportunity to vote on the new District By-Laws & Constitution, upcoming leadership, Peace Posters, and more. Conventions are put together with every Lion in mind. If you have not been to one before, go to this one!

October is a great time to add LCIF to your club’s budget. By naming a recipient for a Melvin Jones Award, your contributions will help countless people worldwide, and you will receive the award packet in time for Christmas!

October is a great time to invite a member of your Cabinet to speak at your club meeting. We are here to serve you, and we want to thank you for all of the great service you do in your communities.

Have a safe and bountiful harvest season!

Lion Lori Bennett

217-466-2675

Sbennett61944@msn.com

ILLINOIS CHARITABLE TRUST ACT

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TO:          COUNCIL CHAIRPERSON, DISTRICT GOVERNORS AND CLUB
                 SECRETARIES OF MD 1- ILLINOIS
DATE:     SEPTEMBER 2015
RE:           ILLINOIS CHARITABLE TRUST ACT AND SOLICITATION FOR CHARITY
                 ACT
The following information concerning the requirements under the Illinois Charitable Trust and Solicitation for Charity Acts is provided for your convenience. Please be advised that this is an abbreviated list of requirements. Additional information regarding these Acts is available on the Illinois Attorney General’s website at www.ag.state.il.us.
Reporting Requirements
The Attorney General has determined that each Lions district and club is a separate charitable organization. Thus, any Lions district or club that conducts any solicitation in Illinois must register with the Illinois Attorney General, Charitable Trust Bureau, unless otherwise exempt under the Solicitation for Charity Act. Those clubs who newly register are subject to a $15 filing fee. Any club that solicits contributions prior to registering with the Illinois Attorney General may be assessed a $200 late registration fee.
Each Lions club or district having revenue and/or assets less than $15,000 is required to file Form AG990-IL on an annual basis.
Each Lions club or district having revenue more than $15,000 or assets more than $25,000 is required to file Form AG990-IL, with a $15.00 report filing fee, on an annual basis.
Each Lions club or district having revenue and/or assets more than $25,000 is required to file Form AG990-IL, with a copy of federal Form 990 or 990-EZ, and a $15.00 report filing fee, on an annual basis. Please note that the Illinois Attorney General’s office may assess an additional $100 late reporting fee for each late annual report (AG990-IL). Reports cannot be accepted and will not be considered filed if they are submitted late and late fees are not paid.
All filing and reporting fees due must accompany the registration forms. A 60 day extension may be granted only upon the filing of a written request with the Illinois Attorney General’s office prior to the report’s due date.
Each Lions club or district that receives gross contributions of over $150,000 and/or uses a professional fundraiser generally must file an independent CPA audit report on an annual basis.
These forms and reports are due six months after the close of the club’s or district’s respective fiscal or calendar tax year. Failure to file in a timely manner can result in a late filing fee. Use of a Professional Fundraiser (PFR)
The association discourages use of professional fundraisers for many reasons. The primary reason is the fact that participation of club members is limited or non-existent, which is contrary to the purposes of the association. Additionally, there are many issues that must be considered in deciding whether to use a PFR. The Legal Division is pleased to provide the following legal requirements concerning the duties and responsibilities of Lions organizations that decide to use a PFR:
  1. A professional fundraiser is one who is given compensation for conducting, managing or carrying on any solicitation or fundraising drive or campaign on behalf of a Lions club for the purpose of soliciting, receiving or collecting contributions, or who holds him/herself out as independently engaged in the business of soliciting, receiving or collecting contributions for such purposes.
  2. Contracts with paid professional fundraisers must be in writing and be approved by a majority of the charity’s trustees, or by the corporate president and at least one member of the board of directors.
  3. A contract with a paid professional fundraiser must contain an estimated budget and the target amount to go to the charitable organization. It must specify a geographic scope (usually the district or club boundaries unless other districts or clubs give express consent), duration and method of fundraising, and ensure record-keeping and accountability by the fundraiser. If it is a percentage or hourly rate contract, the budget projections, target amounts to be raised and, if applicable, hours to be worked must be disclosed by the professional fundraiser in the contract itself. Also, fundraisers must disclose conflicts of interest such as ownership or interest in supplying vendors (i.e., a circus or ice show) in the contract itself. The Attorney General’s Draft Contract sets forth model provisions.
  4. Show tickets and their proceeds and ad book revenues must be accounted for through careful record-keeping.
  5. Any professional fundraiser, whether an organization or individual person, when describing its program, or when soliciting, receiving or collecting property or funds, must disclose the primary program purpose for which the funds or property will be used.
  6. Professional fundraisers and all others who take actual possession of charitable funds are subject to a strict fiduciary duty to account for them and not commingle charitable funds with other funds.
  7. Professional fundraisers, if asked, must disclose that they are paid fundraisers and disclose their hourly rate or percentage rate as applicable.
For more detailed information in this regard, please contact the Illinois Attorney General’s Office as listed below.
Registration, annual report and affidavit forms are available from the office of the Attorney General or online at www.ag.state.il.us. Any additional questions concerning the Illinois Charitable Trust and Solicitation for Charity Acts should be directed to:  Office of the Attorney General, Charitable Trust Bureau, Attn: Annual Report Section, 100 W. Randolph Street, 11th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-3175, (312)814-2595.
Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated.
Very truly yours,
David Kingsbury
Staff Attorney
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cc:  Steve Anton, Council Chairperson, MD 1
       Vickie Luter, Council Secretary, MD 1

NEW RIDGE FARM CLUB CHARTER NIGHT

“Come be a part of the Lion Experience”
Visit our face-book page ridgefarmlionsclub Please share

When: October 17th 6pm.
Where: Ward Park- Ridge Farm IL.
Special Presentation by: Scott Bennett, Senator
Keynote Speaker: Lion Bud Wahl, Past International Director
Dinner Menu: Catered by R & R Catering-Dana In.  Baked Chicken or Pulled Pork, Cheesy Potatoes, Green Beans, Tossed Salad, Rolls, Dessert and Drinks
Cost per person: $15.00
Music ‘ Door Prizes ‘ Silent Auction ‘ 50/50
Please R.S.V.P. by October 5th 2015
Carla Haga Secretary, 217-497-9897 e-mail hagacarla@yahoo.com Ron Stickler, Past District Governor, 217- 822-2218 , rstick@cell1net.net

Paris Alpha LEOs

The Alpha Leos have a Facebook page and they’ve been very busy this summer.  The group is for kids age 12-18 years old and they meet the 2nd & 4th Monday of the month from 6 to 8 PM at the St. Mary’s Gym.
Meeting are the 2nd & 4th Monday’s of the month.  One of their projects was to collect items for the HRC playroom pictured with some of the LEO members.

PLEOSBEST

WESTVILLE LIONS

 

Westville Lions have many events throughout the year and invite all to participate in the 2nd annual K9 walk to benefit Leader Dogs for the Blind which will be held on October 31 at Zamberletti Park, East Moses Avenue in Westville. Pre-register by October 18 for $25, which includes an event T-shirt or register the day of the event starting at 9AM for $20. They will also have a pet costume contest and the top 3 winners will receive a plaque. For more information: www.leaguelineup.com/westvillelionsclub. Westville Lions held their 105th Labor Day Parade and raffled a Street Legal golf cart and a Traeger Grill. Danville, Georgetown, Westville and Ridge Farm Lions also participated in the parade. Check the Facebook page: Westville Lions Club for many pictures. This parade has over 100 entries every year.
Westville Lions have many events throughout the year and invite all to participate in the 2nd annual K9 walk to benefit Leader Dogs for the Blind which will be held on October 31 at Zamberletti Park, East Moses Avenue in Westville. Pre-register by October 18 for $25, which includes an event T-shirt or register the day of the event starting at 9AM for $20. They will also have a pet costume contest and the top 3 winners will receive a plaque. For more information: www.leaguelineup.com/westvillelionsclub.
Westville Lions held their 105th Labor Day Parade and raffled a Street Legal golf cart and a Traeger Grill. Danville, Georgetown, Westville and Ridge Farm Lions also participated in the parade. Check the Facebook page: Westville Lions Club for many pictures. This parade has over 100 entries every year.

Westv parade