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
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:
information on district and multiple district conventions, please check
updates webpage after March 24, 2020.
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
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.
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.
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.
PIP Frank Moore
Executive Administrator and Secretary