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Take Part in Our Commemorative Coin Campaign to Help Raise Millions for LCIF

September 15, 2011

How much is a Lions’ silver dollar worth? About $8 million. That’s how much we hope to raise for LCIF if the U.S. Congress passes a commemorative coin bill honoring the centennial of Lions in 2017.

Getting Congressional approval is not automatic. Congress passes only two commemorative coin bills each year. But many Lions including past international presidents, past international directors and other members are lobbying their congressional representatives to pass the bi-partisan legislation. If approved, the U.S. Mint will produce as many as 400,000 coins. After the U.S. Mint recovers its cost, a $10 surcharge for every coin sold will go to LCIF and its programs for the visually impaired, the disabled, youths and victims of natural disasters.

Lion and Senator Jerry Moran

Lion and Senator Jerry Moran

The commemorative coin idea originated with two members of the Sandy Spring Lions Club in Maryland. Brother Meredith Pattie, a past district governor, and Alan Ballard were at a luncheon for Melvin Jones Fellows when they began to brainstorm ways to support LCIF.

“Our first idea was a coin for the 50th anniversary of the death of Melvin Jones [in 1961]. But we realized we were too late for that,” says Pattie. They eventually formed a nine-person Lions’ committee from District 22 C that includes Past International Director Joseph Gaffigan.

Co-sponsors of the Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act, H.R. 2139, are Rep. Peter Roskam, whose district in Illinois includes Oak Brook and LCI headquarters, and Rep. Larry Kissell,  from North Carolina who is a Lion. Another Lion, Senator Jerry Moran from Kansas, introduced the bill, S. 1299, in that chamber. The bill needs 290 co-sponsors in the U. S. House and 67 co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate to pass.

We ask all Lions to write or call their representatives to urge them to co-sponsor H.R. 2139. Our Web site offers tips on contacting lawmakers and includes a regularly updated tally of number of co-sponsors.

5 Comments
  1. Chandra Devani permalink
    October 3, 2011 2:20 pm

    Excellent thought and brilliant idea if it is approved.

    Same committee should also concentrate on Lions Club International Philatelic Stamp Production all over the world (as many countries as possible) in the year 2017. A Lions stamp will give the best publicity to LCI throughout the world.

    Lion CCD, United Kingdom.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    September 15, 2011 2:30 pm

    Great idea. Any way us Earthquake striken Kiwis can help? I am sure that many Chirstchurch residents would support this as a way of saying thanks for the help received from Lions all around the world.

    • September 15, 2011 3:04 pm

      Thanks for your comment, and the kind offer!

      If you have friends or family that live in the U.S., or a relationship with a U.S. Lions club, please encourage them to contact their federal lawmakers and ask them to co-sponsor the legislation using resources available at http://www.lionsclubs.org/coin.

  3. September 15, 2011 8:20 am

    I am proud to say Wyoming’s congressional delegation has already signed up as co-sponsors of the bills.

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