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Veteran BBQ - Get Your Weekend Warrior On!

This is a great opportunity to show your appreciation for their service and thank them for their service in person.  A veteran is one of the few jobs where they ask you to write a check that includes your all up to and including your life; to protect our families and country.  No rhetoric can spin that fact.

Come Veteran Day Saturday November 11th 2017, we need your help doing what we do best. We SERVE.  And in this case, also cook, barbeque, entertain and make friends; 8,000 plus Friends.  It’s happening at Serenity Park Parrot Sanctuary (parrotcare.org/Parrots.html.) behind the Veteran Administration Hospital, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 90049 in Westwood on the opposite side of the 405 freeway from UCLA.  Jackie Robinson Stadium, 100 Constitution Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90095.  GPS and Google Map Friendly.

A little history is in order; this is a yearly event, that is open to all veterans and their families.  It is sponsored and supported by The Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (LARC). They raise the money for the event, they bring the grills, the food, some serious cooks and promote the heck out of it. www.lockwoodarc.org/events-2/  It’s the result of a ton of love and work by Dr Lorin Lindner and Matthew Simmons who also hang their hats in Frazier Park saving Wolves and other Wildlife. 

I can’t speak for the total history of the event, but our experience has been wonderful and exhausting over the years.  It came on our radar while assisting the Parrot Sanctuary, working with their birds.  At that time, they were doing the BBQ  and we came to help and they expected 400 people and 800 showed up.  Funny thing – we cooked and cooked and didn’t run out of food (except potato salad and slaw).  The next go round we were told to expect 1,200 and 2,000 showed.  That time we kept cooking and did not run out of the potato salad, and so it went each year.  Last year we were told to expect 3,000 and 5,000 was our out the door head count (we started at 8:30 am and cooked until 7:00pm).  This year we are told to expect 8,000. (GULP).

Over the years, we have had LIONS from Northridge Club come out, along with Rotarians (fair is fair), School District Employees, and literally anyone who could help with the cooking and serving and smiling.  DG Steven agreed to let me share this with the District with the hope that we could get some serious LIONS support this go round.  NO MONEY.  The food and grills and serving supplies and the entertainment and everything that costs is covered by the programs that Dr. Lindner and Matt run prior to the event.   THE ASK is if you can come out and Cook, Serve, Smile, carry food, serve soda, dish out potato salad, stir pots of beans, you get the picture. 

If you are looking for a cool event and geographically you can join us, we need all the help we can get.  Also for those who are concerned; the food ranges from hot dogs, to hamburgers, to steaks, chicken, ribs, salmon, chops, tri-tip,  pork, brisket  (holy cow but I could go on – everything you could expect and a whole lot more.) They do gifts and live music and all you can eat.  Wear your LIONS Proudly.  (But plan to spend serious time washing your clothes afterwards – between the sauces and the soot from the grills.) It’s a blast. If you can come, please contact LION David  818-456-3586 cbedda@yahoo.com so we can count on you and have a count as well.

Photo of previous event







.Rose Float Decorating Schedule 2017

District 4-L1
Saturday December 9th   1-5pm  Dry Decoration
Wednesday December 27th  8am – 3:30pm           Floral Decoration
Open Help:  Saturday December 30th 8am – 3:30pm or 3:30pm – “Finish”
Final:  Sunday December 31st 6am to finish…………….







 Metro Region will be at TBD 










Desert Region will be either in Ridgecrest or Tehachapi










.2018 District Convention will be held May 3-6, 2018 in Laughlin, Nevada.






Official District Governor Visitation Schedule 2017-2018 

Here is the schedule

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Official District Governor Visitation Schedule 2017-2018



Lions Youth Exchange Program 

The Lions Youth Exchange Program is one of Lions’ International's biggest peace programs. In order to make our goal a reality, we must find students to go on this program. We also need host families who are willing to take these students during the summer for a two week period. Without your help in promoting this program, our dream may never occur. The program is open to anyone between the ages of 15 ½ to 21 years old. It is a natural progression for all students participating in our student speaker contests and our Leos to go onto the Lions ’Youth Exchange program. The more Lions programs we can keep our children involved in, the greater our chances of them becoming Lions themselves. 

As for our Peace Poster contestants, although they are a little young for this program now, all Peace Poster committee people should relate the Youth Exchange Program to them. This is so they can “save their pennies and get excited about participating in this program. 

Please download and make as many copies as possible of the attached Youth Exchange Flyer to give out to all students you meet. 
Please also go onto our website at MD4Lions.orgclick on "Web Links for Lions", scroll down, and click on “Youth Exchange Foundation” for a better understanding of this program. 

Thank you Lion Eileen 
Youth Exchange Committee



Student Speakers Contest 2018 Topic and Dates

Hello everyone,

Please forward this information to your club student speakers chair.  I am looking forward to another great year in our district's participation in the student speakers contest.  As I promised at our Valley Region meeting, you will hear from me frequently about the student speakers contest. :) I am here to help you to get started, to find students, or to find judges.  

It is time for you to pick a date for your club contest!  Region and Zone Chairs, it is also time for you to pick a date for your region/zone contests!  Please see below for the contest deadline dates​​, and for information about the District, Area, and Multiple District contests.  

Please send me your dates and I will compile a list for our district.  

This year's topic: Integrity and Civility Play What Role in Today’s Society?

On or before Monday, February 26, 2018                                Club Contest
On or before Monday, March 19, 2018                                    Zone Contest 
On or before Monday, April 9 2018                                         Region Contest
Saturday, April 14, 2018                                                    District Contest (location TBD)
On or before Monday, May 21, 2018                                       Area Contest 
June 9, 2018                                                                      MD-4 Final Contest (Wyndham Hotel, Visalia, CA)

 The deadline to order the packet is October 1st at http://md4lions.org/student-speakers-contest!  Don't wait!  

 Very truly yours, 

Ginny T. Hsiao




If, at dissolution, any of the remaining funds are going to a charitable non-profit 501©(4) organization (such as LCIF, LPCCI, Lions in Sight etc.) then the club is required to file a Form RRF-1 (http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/charities/charitable/rrf1_form.pdf)with the Registry of Charitable Trusts, a division of the Attorney General’s office. If the club hasn’t registered yet, they would need to file a form CT-1(http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/charities/charitable/ct1-form.pdf). 

 This is an annual filing with the Registry of Charitable Trusts and the RRF-1 would be filed along with a copy of the club’s Form 990. For some clubs who do not file the 990 or 990-EZ because their total receipts are less than $50,000, they would simply file the RRF-1 alone with no attachments. There is also a fee to go with this based on the gross receipts of the club though it is not significant and it is based on the level of gross receipts that are reported on the Form 990.