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Responding to the Coronavirus


Lions Clubs International is actively working with our clubs around the world and monitoring the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which is changing the way we live, work and serve. This Response Center is your central source for news and resources impacting Lions and our efforts to serve the world during this challenging time. Check back frequently for updates since this is a rapidly evolving situation. Let’s continue to put our kindness in action by putting the health and safety of our communities first.

Top News

 
2020 Lions Clubs International Convention Cancelled
HQ Office Closure Extended
Mumbai Office Closure Extended
LCIF Response to the Coronavirus
Election FAQs During COVID-19

Recent Updates

HQ Office Temporarily Closed to Tours and Visitors
LCI Mumbai office temporary closure extended through June
Charter and Entrance Fees Waived from July 1 - December 31, 2020.
2020 Africa Forum Rescheduled for February 2021
Additional Resources

 

 July 8, 2020

HQ Office Temporarily Closed to Tours and Visitors

Lions Clubs International Headquarters in Oak Brook is now allowing a limited amount of staff to return to the building. At this point in time, however, our headquarters will remain closed to Lion visitors to help ensure the safety of staff and guests. Building tours and shopping in-person at the Lions Store are temporarily on-hold until it is deemed safe to resume these activities. 

While many staff members are not working in the building, staff teams are working remotely and available during business hours to respond to the needs of Lions. You may contact LCI staff or LCIF staff as needed.

Our online store is always open, so you can order club supplies, apparel, and other items online and have them shipped directly to you. 

We appreciate your patience during these challenging times and wish for the health and safety of all our Lions and staff around the world.

 

 June 8, 2020

LCI Mumbai office temporary closure extended through June

While the Government has begun to ease the imposed lockdown in many areas, we will keep the physical office premises closed through the month of June and staff will continue to work remotely. 

As a reminder, while staff will work remotely, they can still be reached via email and the main phone line of +91-22-61217900. A few staff members will go in on a weekly basis to facilitate shipments and deposit/mail checks. However, we strongly encourage you to continue using NEFT for payments.

  • For LCI payments, please utilize direct deposit and NEFT crediting LCI’s HDFC bank account instead of sending checks to the office.
  • For LCIF donations, please submit donations via the LCIF India website www.lcifindia.org/donate instead of sending checks to the office. Please also note that grant disbursements, recognition and 80G certificates may be delayed while the office is closed.

We appreciate your patience during these extraordinary times and wish for the health and safety of all our Lions and staff around the world.

 

 May 29, 2020

Board of Directors take steps to help our clubs

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted the work of Lions around the world. In many cases, it has also created financial hardships for our Lions and the people for whom we care. 
To support the incredible men and women serving with us, the International Board of Directors has passed a resolution to help our clubs. 
Here is an overview of the resolution approved by the Board of Directors:

  • Flexible payments – No clubs will be suspended or cancelled through December 31, 2020 for late payment of dues.
  • Charter and entrance fees waiver – We have waived all charter and entrance fees from July 1 – December 31, 2020.

These measures will help Lions facing financial hardships, and give our clubs hope, encouragement, and an opportunity to start the new Lion year with renewed energy and optimism.

This may be a time of great need, but we will overcome this together. For more than a century, Lions have taken on the greatest challenges facing humanity. That is who we are, and what we do.
So let us stand together. And let us remember just how important we are to our communities and the world.

 

 May 26, 2020

2020 Africa Forum Rescheduled for February 2021

The Africa Forum originally scheduled for September 23-26, 2020 has been rescheduled for February 10-14, 2021 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

For updates on your local Lions conventions, please contact your district and multiple district leadership.

 

 May 19, 2020

LCI Mumbai office temporary closure extended through May 31

The Indian Government has extended its complete lockdown across India to control the spread of coronavirus. To comply with the national mandate, the Lions Clubs International ISAME and Africa office in Mumbai will be closed at least through May 31, 2020.

As a reminder, while staff will work remotely to the extent they are able, and can still be reached via email and the main phone line +91-22-61217900, staff will not be in the building. As a result, many of our business operations will be impacted. 

  • Regarding payment of outstanding dues, we recommend that districts allow clubs that are able to demonstrate they have sent or submitted payment to participate in voting. This could be via a bank statement, copy of demand draft, etc. Clubs will not be cancelled during this time, based on the challenges related to receiving and processing physical checks and electronic payments.
  • For LCI payments, please utilize direct deposit and NEFT crediting LCI’s HDFC bank account instead of sending checks to the office.
  • For LCIF donations, please submit donations via the LCIF India website instead of sending checks to the office. Please also note that grant disbursements, recognition, and 80G certificates will be delayed while the office is closed.
  • There will be delays in shipping LCI awards and recognitions, as well as delays in processing reimbursements. 

We appreciate your patience during these extraordinary times and wish for the health and safety of all our Lions and staff around the world.

 

 May 13, 2020

January 2021 FOLAC Forum to be held virtually and Future Dates Announced

FOLAC Forum originally scheduled as an in-person meeting in Bucaramanga, Colombia on January 20-23, 2021, will now be held virtually. More details will be sent out about this virtual forum as the date gets closer. 

Future FOLAC Forums have been rescheduled for the following dates and locations: 

  • January 2022, Bucaramanga, Colombia
  • January 2023, Asunción, Paraguay

For updates on your local Lions conventions, please contact your district and multiple district leadership.

 

 May 8, 2020

2020 Europa Forums Cancelled and Future Dates Announced

The Europa International Forums originally scheduled for October 1–3, 2020 in Thessaloniki, Greece, and for October 28-30, 2021 in Zagreb, Croatia have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

These forums have been rescheduled for the following dates and locations: 

  • October 7-9, 2021 in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • October 27-29, 2022 in Zagreb, Croatia 
  • October 26-28, 2023 in Klagenfurt, Austria 

For updates on your local Lions conventions, please contact your district and multiple district leadership.

 

 May 1, 2020

LCI Mumbai office temporary closure extended through May 17

The Indian Government has extended its complete lockdown across India to control the spread of coronavirus. To comply with the national mandate, the Lions Clubs International ISAME and Africa office in Mumbai will be closed at least through May 17, 2020.

As a reminder, while staff will work remotely to the extent they are able, and can still be reached via email and the main phone line +91-22-61217900, staff will not be in the building. As a result, many of our business operations will be impacted. 

  • Regarding payment of outstanding dues, we recommend that districts allow clubs that are able to demonstrate they have sent or submitted payment to participate in voting. This could be via a bank statement, copy of demand draft, etc. Clubs will not be cancelled during this time, based on the challenges related to receiving and processing physical checks and electronic payments.
  • For LCI payments, please utilize direct deposit and NEFT crediting LCI’s HDFC bank account instead of sending checks to the office.
  • For LCIF donations, please submit donations via the LCIF India website instead of sending checks to the office. Please also note that grant disbursements, recognition, and 80G certificates will be delayed while the office is closed.
  • There will be delays in shipping LCI awards and recognitions, as well as delays in processing reimbursements. 

We appreciate your patience during these extraordinary times and wish for the health and safety of all our Lions and staff around the world.

 

 April 28, 2020

Lions HQ Oak Brook office closure extended to May 30

The Illinois State government in the USA announced that its stay-at-home order will be extended until at least May 30 to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The measures included the requirement to cease all nonessential services in the state. Lions Clubs International is identified as “nonessential.” To comply with the state mandate, the Lions Clubs International Headquarters in Oak Brook will be closed at least until May 30, 2020.

While staff will not physically be in the building, staff teams will be working remotely and available during business hours to respond to the needs of Lions. You may contact LCI staff or LCIF staff as needed.

The performance of systems may be impacted due to the increased number of people working remotely, and response time may be affected. Some of our business operations that require physical interaction will likely be limited. 

More details will be provided as the situation evolves, but here is some preliminary guidance:

  • Regarding payment of outstanding dues, we recommend that districts allow clubs that are able to demonstrate they have sent or submitted payment to participate in voting. This could be via a bank statement, copy of demand draft, etc. Clubs will not be cancelled during this time based on the challenges related to receiving and processing physical checks and electronic payments.
  • For Lions International payments, please utilize online payment options via MyLCI or any other electronic payment method (ACH, SEPA, Boleto, NEFT, etc.) instead of sending checks to the office.
  • Please submit LCIF donations via the website instead of sending checks to the office. Please also note that grant disbursements and recognition will be delayed while the office is closed.
  • There will be delays in shipping awards and recognitions, club supplies orders, as well as delays in processing reimbursements. 

We appreciate your patience during these extraordinary times and wish for the health and safety of all our Lions and staff around the world.

 

 April 13, 2020

LCI Mumbai office temporary closure extended through April 30

The Indian Government has extended its complete lockdown across India to control the spread of coronavirus. To comply with the national mandate, the Lions Clubs International ISAME and Africa office in Mumbai will be closed at least through April 30, 2020.

As a reminder, while staff will work remotely to the extent they are able, and can still be reached via email and the main phone line +91-22-61217900, staff will not be in the building. As a result, many of our business operations will be impacted. 

  • Regarding payment of outstanding dues, we recommend that districts allow clubs that are able to demonstrate they have sent or submitted payment to participate in voting. This could be via a bank statement, copy of demand draft, etc. Clubs will not be cancelled during this time, based on the challenges related to receiving and processing physical checks and electronic payments.
  • For LCI payments, please utilize direct deposit and NEFT crediting LCI’s HDFC bank account instead of sending checks to the office.
  • For LCIF donations, please submit donations via the LCIF India website instead of sending checks to the office. Please also note that grant disbursements, recognition, and 80G certificates will be delayed while the office is closed.
  • There will be delays in shipping LCI awards and recognitions, as well as delays in processing reimbursements. 

We appreciate your patience during these extraordinary times and wish for the health and safety of all our Lions and staff around the world.

 

 April 7, 2020

Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs International, Optimist International, and Rotary International Stand Together

Lions Clubs International along with Kiwanis International, Optimist International and Rotary International issued a joint statement of comfort and hope during this COVID-19 pandemic. These renown service organizations are leveraging the strength of their combined networks of 3.2 million members and focusing their collective skills, resources and ideas to support frontline health workers and first responders as they battle this disease and save lives. Read the full statement.

 

 April 3, 2020

Lions HQ Oak Brook office closure extended

PIP Frank Moore The Illinois State government in the USA announced that its stay-at-home order will be extended until at least April 30 to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The measures included the requirement to cease all nonessential services in the state. Lions Clubs International is identified as “nonessential.” To comply with the state mandate, the Lions Clubs International Headquarters in Oak Brook will be closed at least until April 30, 2020.

While staff will not physically be in the building, staff teams will be working remotely and available during business hours to respond to the needs of Lions. You may contact LCI staff or LCIF staff as needed.

The performance of systems may be impacted due to the increased number of people working remotely, and response time may be affected. Some of our business operations that require physical interaction will likely be limited. 

More details will be provided as the situation evolves, but here is some preliminary guidance:

  • Regarding payment of outstanding dues, we recommend that districts allow clubs that are able to demonstrate they have sent or submitted payment to participate in voting. This could be via a bank statement, copy of demand draft, etc. Clubs will not be cancelled during this time based on the challenges related to receiving and processing physical checks and electronic payments.
  • For Lions International payments, please utilize online payment options via MyLCI or any other electronic payment method (ACH, SEPA, Boleto, NEFT, etc.) instead of sending checks to the office.
  • Please submit LCIF donations via the website instead of sending checks to the office. Please also note that grant disbursements and recognition will be delayed while the office is closed.
  • There will be delays in shipping awards and recognitions, club supplies orders, as well as delays in processing reimbursements. 

We appreciate your patience during these extraordinary times and wish for the health and safety of all our Lions and staff around the world.

 

 March 27, 2020

2020 Lions Clubs International Convention Cancelled

The Board of Directors has voted to cancel the 2020 Lions International Convention, making Montreal, Canada our next International Convention in 2021.

The Board of Directors has voted to cancel the 2020 International Convention due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19). This means that the next International Convention will be held in 2021 in Montreal, Canada.

On March 20, I advised you that our 2020 convention would not be held in Singapore due to the limitations put in place by the Singapore Ministry of Health. After evaluating a variety of different options, including moving the convention to a different venue or postponing it to a later date, the Board of Directors voted to cancel the 2020 convention. This decision was made with the health and safety of our Lions, staff and vendors in mind.

In the meantime, our Convention Team will be working diligently to assist you. Lions International will issue full refunds for all registration fees paid. At this time, we kindly ask that you do not contact Lions International Registration to inquire about your registration, ticket or housing cancellations as we are still in the process of establishing our cancellation details.

We are disappointed that we will not be able to move forward with this international event, but we are optimistic that with each new day there is hope, and as Lions we will continue to find new ways to put our kindness in action while safely serving our communities.

Regards,

Dr. Jung-Yul Choi
International President

 

 March 25, 2020

LCI Mumbai office temporary closure extended

As you are aware, the Indian Government announced a 21-day complete lockdown across India to control the spread of coronavirus. To comply with the national mandate, the Lions Clubs International ISAME and Africa office in Mumbai will be closed at least through April 14, 2020.

As a reminder, while staff will work remotely to the extent they are able, and can still be reached via email and the main phone line +91-22-61217900, staff will not be in the building. As a result, many of our business operations will be impacted. 

  • Regarding payment of outstanding dues, we recommend that districts allow clubs that are able to demonstrate they have sent or submitted payment to participate in voting. This could be via a bank statement, copy of demand draft, etc. Clubs will not be cancelled during this time, based on the challenges related to receiving and processing physical checks and electronic payments.
  • For LCI payments, please utilize direct deposit and NEFT crediting LCI’s HDFC bank account instead of sending checks to the office.
  • For LCIF donations, please submit donations via the LCIF India website instead of sending checks to the office. Please also note that grant disbursements, recognition, and 80G certificates will be delayed while the office is closed.
  • There will be delays in shipping LCI awards and recognitions, as well as delays in processing reimbursements. 

 

 March 21, 2020

2020 ANZI International Forum Cancelled

The ANZI International Forum originally schedule for September 2020 in Perth, Australia has been cancelled due to the increasing restrictions and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
For updates on your local Lions conventions, please contact your district and multiple district leadership.

 

 March 21, 2020

LCI HQ Oak Brook office closed temporarily

The Illinois State government in USA on Friday announced a stay-at-home order starting at 5 p.m. Saturday through at least April 7, marking Illinois’ most aggressive step yet to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The measures included the requirement to cease all non-essential services in the state. Lions Clubs International is identified as non-essential. To comply with the state mandate, the Lions Clubs International Headquarters in Oak Brook will be closed at least until April 7, 2020.

While staff will not physically be in the building, staff teams will be working remotely and available during business hours to respond to the needs of Lions. You may contact LCI staff or LCIF staff as needed.

Performance of systems may be impacted due to the increased number of people working remotely, and response time may be affected. Some of our business operations that require physical interaction will likely be limited. 

More details will be provided early next week, but here is some preliminary guidance:

  • Regarding payment of outstanding dues, we recommend that districts allow clubs that are able to demonstrate they have sent or submitted payment to participate in voting. This could be via a bank statement, copy of demand draft, etc. Clubs will not be cancelled during this time, based on the challenges related to receiving and processing physical cheques and electronic payments.
  • For LCI payments, please utilize online payment options via MyLCI or any other electronic payment method (ACH, SEPA, Boleto, NEFT, etc.) instead of sending checks to the office.
  • Please submit LCIF donations via the website instead of sending checks to the office. Please also note that grant disbursements and recognition will be delayed while the office is closed.
  • There will be delays in shipping LCI awards and recognitions, club supplies orders, as well as delays in processing reimbursements. 

We appreciate your patience during these extraordinary times and wish for the health and safety of all our Lions and staff around the world.

 

 March 20, 2020

LCI Mumbai office temporary closure

The Maharashtra government in India on Friday announced more restrictions short of a shut down in the state. The measures included shutting down of all non-essential services in the state including private offices. To comply with the state mandate, the Lions CIubs International ISAME and Africa office in Mumbai will be closed at least till March 31, 2020.

While staff will work remotely to the extent they are able, and can still be reached via email and the main phone line +91-22-61217900, staff will not be in the building. As a result, many of our business operations will be hampered. 

More details will follow in the early part of next week, but here is some preliminary information:

  • Regarding payment of outstanding dues, we recommend that districts allow clubs that are able to demonstrate they have sent or submitted payment to participate in voting. This could be via a bank statement, copy of demand draft, etc. Clubs will not be cancelled during this time, based on the challenges related to receiving and processing physical cheques and electronic payments.
  • For LCI payments, please utilize direct deposit and NEFT crediting LCI’s HDFC bank account, instead of sending checks to the office.
  • For LCIF donations, please submit donations via the LCIF India website instead of sending cheques to the office. Please also note that grant disbursements, recognition, and 80G certificates will be delayed while the office is closed.
  • There will be delays in shipping LCI awards and recognitions, as well as delays in processing reimbursements.  

We appreciate your patience during these extraordinary times and wish for the health and safety of all our Lions and staff around the world.

 

 March 20, 2020

2020 Lions Clubs International Convention will not be held in Singapore

We regret to announce that the Lions Clubs International Convention, scheduled for 26-30 June 2020, will not be held as originally planned in the city of Singapore.  

The Ministry of Health in Singapore just announced that all large-scale events through June 30 will be cancelled to further reduce the transmission of the coronavirus. The Lions Board of Directors received the notification today from Singapore, and this important topic will be discussed by the Board of Directors at or before the April Board meeting.   

Earlier this month, I informed you that while we were optimistic we could hold the convention in Singapore, we were also assessing the feasibility of other host cities. For the past several weeks, the Executive Officers and the Convention Division Team have been exploring alternative options. Any changes surrounding the convention site and times are subject to Board approval, and will be shared with Lions as soon as available.

In the meantime, our Convention Team will be working diligently to assist you. Lions International will issue full refunds for all registration fees paid. At this time, we kindly ask that you do not contact LCI Registration to inquire about your registration, ticket or housing cancellations as we establish our cancellation details.

We are disappointed, but we will continue to move forward as a global organization, keeping the health and safety of our members in mind.

Regards,

Dr. Jung-Yul Choi
International President
 

 March 18, 2020

Tips for Protecting Yourself and Your Communities Against the Coronavirus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing the way we travel, congregate and serve in communities around the world. We care about every member, and the people we serve, which is why we all need to put health and safety first in this challenging time for the world.

Here are some recommendations on how you can keep yourself and your community healthy:

  • Consult local authorities and guidelines governing group events and large gatherings when considering events.
  • Put health and safety first as you consider new meetings, projects and any other activities.
  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid nonessential travel and crowds, especially if you live in an area where there’s an outbreak.
  • Check the recommendations from health experts such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or your local government for any new updates since this remains an evolving situation.
  • For questions regarding your district (single, sub- and multiple) conventions, please contact your district leadership for guidance.
  • Remember, individuals over 60 and those with serious chronic medical conditions are at a higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. 

A comprehensive list of ways to protect yourself and your club can be found on the WHO website

Lions have served for more than one hundred years. We have been there for our communities during countless challenges to the world. Let’s consider ways we can safely help such as providing meals to low-income students whose schools are closing due to the virus. Let’s check in on family, friends and neighbors. Let’s continue to put our kindness in action while keeping health and safety in mind.

Now more than ever, it is important that we stand together as local communities, as a global community, and as Lions. Thank you for serving your community and the world.
 

 March 13, 2020

Travel Advisory for LCICON 2020

The 2020 International Convention is currently scheduled to be held in Singapore from June 26-30; however, the association is actively looking at alternative convention locations in the event COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads or if travel to this region becomes restricted.

Lions Clubs International is currently assessing the feasibility of other host cities, including the availability of convention space and hotels, the cost impact and logistics. We are evaluating alternate locations based on their ability to handle a large-scale convention, recent successful conventions, and established relationships with convention bureaus that would allow us to quickly shift our plans in the most effective and fiscally responsible way possible.

If you have a not yet booked travel, we recommend you hold off until a final decision is officially announced in April.

If you have already booked travel to Singapore and if the convention location changes, we will provide you with the support you need to adjust your travel reservations and transfer your convention registration.

Please be sure to download the convention FAQs previously distributed, which provide additional information about convention travel.

Lions Clubs International deeply cares for the health and safety of all Lions and the Lions that attend the convention each year. Their health, and the health of our communities, will drive any decisions we make.

Please contact our convention team at convention@lionsclubs.org if you have any additional questions, and thank you for your understanding during this challenging time for our organization and the world.

 

Additional Resources

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Election FAQs During COVID-19
Global Service Organizations Stand Together