Story of the Week: LCI Commemorative Coin Act Introduced
As we approach the 100th anniversary of our organization in 2017, Lions are looking for ways to mark this milestone. The Sandy Spring Lions Club in Maryland proposed a commemorative U.S. Mint silver dollar as a way to celebrate our centennial. With the sponsorship of Representative Peter Roskam of Illinois, the club is one step closer to making the coin a reality after the introduction of H.R. 2139.
Commemorative coins must be authorized by acts of congress. The U.S. Mint produces only two commemorative coins per year. If H.R. 2139 garners the support of 290 U.S. House of Representative members and 67 sponsors in the U.S. Senate, it will go for review by the president. If the president signs the bill into law, the coins will be available for purchase throughout 2017. Without any cost to taxpayers, each coin sold would produce US$10 for the Lions Clubs International Foundation. The estimated US$4 million generated would further the causes of the visually impaired, disabled and youth, as well as those affected by major disasters.
For more information about this nonpartisan piece of legislation or to sign up for the waiting list to purchase the coin, visit the Lions Clubs International Web site.