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Dear Lions, 
As we watch the news unfold regarding Hurricane Harvey, a large and complicated rescue operation from various groups are underway in Texas, however with no end in sight. I have read the open emails of several groups in our district that are discussing how all are willing to help and I thank you for copying me to your dialogs. As like the other LCIF District Coordinators (nationwide) we have been patiently waiting for information and or instructions which I would like to share with all of you.
First of all LCIF has already sent $100,000 in relief funds and to their benefit (Texans) Lion Sam Lindsey, one of the International Director happens to be from Texas whom seems to be hands-on as the funds will be allocated by the area coordinators for that region.
How can you support? Send your donations to LCIF. I read those conversations of your thoughts to travel and lend help in the devastated areas, however LCIF already has a team of relief workers that connect with the local Lions in the affected regions to help hard-hit communities by not only rescue, but by providing life-saving necessities such as water, food, blankets etc.
Now to answer your questions:

1. If an individual or club donate $1,000 would it be considered a Melvin Jones Fellowship? Yes. You can donate directly online by going to this website: https://www.lionsclubs.org/resources/EN/pdfs/lcif/lcif42m.pdf  and fill out an application. Be sure to save it as a pdf and send me a copy. If you're planning to mail a check you may use the attached application. Again, be sure to send me a copy or if I can make it easier for you, simply send me the entire form with check and I can forward it to LCIF with a cover letter and instructions.
2. What if a Lion is willing to donate $20, would that qualify to receive a donor pin? Yes. Any Lion that donates increments of $20, $50 or $100 will receive a donor pin and the amount will be posted towards their individual MJF/P. If you send the check directly to LCIF, be sure to let me know wo that I can retrieve your donor pin. You may also donate directly online: https://www.lcif.org/EN/support-our-work/donate-now.php If you plan to donate online, please have your membership # handy and again send me a copy.
3. What if someone donating is not a Lion, what should I do with their cash or check? If you receive cash, of course someone must write a check on behalf of this person and if it's a check, it should be payable to LCIF. If this should occur, please send me the check so that I can instruct LCIF to post the credits to your club.
4. What should be written in the memo of the check? "Area of Greatest Need" - Hurricane Harvey / Membership # XXXXXX.
Personally, I strongly suggest that you mail the check and application directly to me as it will ensure that your application was filled out correctly, the membership ID # is included, as well as obtaining your pin for presentation. Please mail the check and application to: 
Lion Trudy Nodohara
225 S. Olive Street, Suite #1105
Los Angeles,  CA.  90012
Lastly, I ask the LCIF club coordinators along with the president, to ask each member to donate $20 so the club will qualify for the 100% participation award. Also, please consider the wildfires that is currently occurring in Northern California and Oregon.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.
Thank you and Warmest regards,
[email protected]






.Los Feliz Garden Party 2017

The Los Feliz Lions Club will be hosting the annual Garden Party on Sunday September 17, 2017 from 12pm - 4pm.
The location is at the house of Lion Glenn Kawahara, located at 4516 Finley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

DATE: Sunday, 09/17/2017
TIME: 12pm-4pm

Tickets are for sale for $100.
Each ticket is good for 2 people to enter.
Each ticket is good for one entry in our grand prize raffle.

We have a grand prize raffle for 3 prizes of $1,500, $500, and $250.
You do not need to attend to win these prizes.
We also have some smaller raffles for those in attendance during the event.

Please contact us for any questions/concerns.
I can be reached by email, 

Thank you!  

Jonathan McCormick 



Interfaith Solidarity March 2017 

Sunday September 19 2017
2pm to 6pm
2 mile march  begins at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5011 White Oak Ave, Encino, CA 91316 Corner of Ventura Blvd and White Oak Avenue and a brief stop at Temple Judea 5429 Lindley Ave, Tarzana, CA 91356 with stops at other houses of worship along the way, ending at Islamic Center of Reseda 18206 Victory Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91335.  
Commemorate 16th anniversary of 9/11 and show solidarity with those communities that have been impacted by HATE. Its an event to celebrate and promote our common history. 

Want to help or walk -




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White Elephant Silent and Live Auction
2017.10.14 Saturday
Location: Golden Dragon Restaurant 960 N. Broadway, Los Angeles
Contact: GAIL ADAMS AT 626-791-1111
L.A. Host is taking over the annual White Elephant Auction, that L.A. International held every year 


Flyer at



Sierra Region Meeting 2017

Look here for a flyer about the Sierra Region Meeting by 2017.09.15-17.  Most pressing – we could only get a hold on the rooms until October 1st at the Vagabond Inn for $110 per night.  (this is about $30 less than rate otherwise)  Please pass immediately, over and over again, we need to get all rooms reserved by October 1st for the Sierra Region Meeting.
Speakers:             Kristina Blum, Lunch
                                Randy Stein, during meeting for Lions Sight and Hearing
                                Dinner Speaker – hopefully a history of the Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery which turned 100 this year
Other Items:    Dinner Costume Party, with prizes
                                Silent Auction (maybe a few live items)   (any amount raised over costs for Meeting will go to LCIF)
                                Playing Bingo probably Friday evening and a couple of games during Saturday’s meeting
                                After dinner Karaoke – fun event for all…………………….pay to sing  OR pay to have someone else sing!!!!!!!!  All money raised from Karaoke will go  to LCIF
Planning on a light lunch provided for by the Bishop Lions/Sierra Clubs
Catered  Dinner
Sunday Morning pancake breakfast – (maybe cooked and served by your very own Cabinet Members!!!!)
We “hope” to come up with a “meal plan” cost, but we are not there yet – possible range for all meals is approximately $50 - $75 total…………………just don’t know yet.

DG Steven






Greetings Fellow Lions,

I am happy to be able to represent Desert Zone a for another year. Just a few dates and reminders for our zone:

1) Zone Meetings
Our Zone Meeting dates are: October 7, January 6, March 6, April 21 (tentative joint meeting with Zone B)
I would like to host breakfast zone meetings at my home. In this way they are social as well as an opportunity to share all the good things clubs do for their communities. 
My address is 2035 Galloping Way in Acton. Please RSVP by e-mail or phone: 269-5476. We will meet at 9:30 am. Please invite any interesting club members, all are welcome. Scott anticipates that he will be  home by our first zone meeting and he makes GREAT eggs!

2) Club Activity Reports
Please submit your reports to LCI, you can do this online.
Larry Taylor needs copies of your reports. These reports document all your wonderful activities and involvement in Lions. Larry's e-mail address is: [email protected]
Please remember to send copies to your Zone Chair (Virginia) and your Region Chair (Catina Hood at [email protected]), and to our District Governor's. 

3) District Directory's
This year our District directory is on the MD4 website. However, if you would like some hard copies for your club members, they are available. Let me know how many you will need. I have heard from some clubs but not from all of you. I want to be able to get you the directories you need. Please get back to me by Oct. 1. 

4) Sierra Region Meeting
October 20 and 21 in Bishop - Information was sent out to clubs

5) Diabetes Awareness
Diabetes awareness will be focus this year for Lions. November is diabetes Awareness Month.
We need to brainstorm an idea for a possible Zone Project for November. Bring your ideas to the Zone Meeting. 
I have referrals from the Palmdale and Acton Clubs of people to contact. 

I hope to see everyone on October 7 for our Zone Meeting. I have tried to make it to as many Governor's Visitations as I can. My job requires from 40 to 60 hours a week of my time with legal timelines to be concerned about, so please be understanding.  

Yours in Lionism and friendship,

Lion Virginia Wedding 
Acton Lions Club 
Zone A Desert Chair






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 [email protected] 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

Click the link for  
Official District Governor Visitation Schedule 2017-2018



District Directory 2018 PDF



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.