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Announcements and News 


This page changes frequently- these are items that may interest you 

Look at the calendar at for events


2022 District 4-L1 Convention

in person

2022.05.12, Thursday through 2022.05.14 Saturday


for details including relevant flyer and form


Here is a newsletter from folks at Lions Camps at Teresita Pines. 


Here is the new "Youth Protection Policies and Procedures" Handbook.  This is effective immediately.  All Lions that are actively involved with youth need to follow the procedures in this book.  Each Club is responsible to make sure that, if they are involved in youth activities or have a Leo Club, are following the guidelines in this manual.  If your volunteers fall within the guidelines on required screening, they must complete the screening as outlined in the manual.  The information for the screening is at  Check Home Page MD4, F.Y.I, section - Youth Protection Policy and Youth Program Volunteer Screening at​


Here is a letter regarding on-line meetings encouraging meeting organisers to include District Officers in their distro lists.                                                           




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 linked Youth Exchange Flyer to give out to all students you meet. 

Please also go onto our website at for a better understanding of this program. 


Thank you Lion Eileen 

Youth Exchange Committee



Student Speaker Contest


update 2020.10.29

The Student Speaker Committee, with the recommendation of SS Foundation and with the approval of the COG have changed the start date of the MD4 Student Speaker Contest. The Student Speaker handbook will reflect the following new dates:

No Club Contest can be held before March 1, 2021

New Contest Schedule:

Club Level, on or before          3/15/21
Zone Level, on or before         3/29/2021
Region Level, on or before      4/19/2021
District Level, on or before      5/3/2021
Area Level, on or before         5/17/2021
Final                                        Sat of 2021 Joint COG 

The handbook will also have a disclaimer that allows the SS Committee to make other changes if COVID does not allow us to meet live. The SS Committee will meet with the COG the week of February 22-27, 2021 if additional changes are needed and if more changes are necessary, they will be announced by March 1, 2021.

Let me thank you for your patience and understanding the complications changing the dates of the start of the MD4 Student Speaker Contest will cause you and your districts.  It was not done on a whim. The Student Speaker Committee has been working diligently since the outbreak of COVID to be able to continue to hold and honor the traditions of the MD4 Student Speaker Contest and the rules that governor the Student Speaker Foundation continuing to fund the scholarships.  It is the Student Speaker Committee’s goal by pushing back of the start date we will be able to hold live contests in the manner required to continue the Student Speaker Foundation to fund the scholarships.  Last years amended virtual contest was not popular.  Concerns have been voice about funding if done virtually again this year, even if live.  This contest is held to benefit students and with their success in mind.   

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me directly. The extended deadline date for ordering free Student Speaker Packets was October 15, 2020. I have the list of Club that have ordered packets if you need that information.  

Sincerely YIL

Mary Manning
MD4 Student Speaker Chair


Student Speakers Contest 2021 Topic and Dates



Please order your package at  


The DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 1, 2020  Order by: October 1, 2020

After this deadline, please send a $25 late fee to 129 Los Aguajes Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 for your packet order.

No packets will be sent after December 31. Online material is available for free.

ZC Sally

Please keep the Student Speakers Foundation in mind when honoring a community leader, teacher, maybe a long time judge, or a deserving Lion.


Both Lion Dorene and I are “All Fellows” possessing the Harry Aslan, Dwight Stanford, Don Snyder, and Fred Smith Fellowships because we truly believe in the Student Speakers Contest.  There is also a Banner Patch available and the Al Ohrmund  Supporter Award.


Please look at the Student Speakers Foundation website, or you can go to the MD-4 website and follow the link for the Student Speakers Contest at


Let’s continue to reach our goal of $7,000 as in years past, and please do attend Student Speakers Contests!!!


PDG Steven Morgan








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 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 .


 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.  

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