There is a life size lion in our den

And he is up for grabs.

It seems, like this Lion is just lying around, waiting for the acting president of the Norwich lions club to make her presentation to the club or should I say the den.

We had some guests from the Strafford lions club visiting and they brought Sir-Charles the Lion to stay with us until another club comes to snatch him.

I have listed the official rules for the traveling Lions contest so that you can see what fun we have while we still actively serve our communities. Some info for this story is courtesy of the District 45 Lions club website.

Our acting president Cheryl Brush making her presentation to the club while Sir-Charles and Lions secretary Mel Aaron look on.

Some sharing of stories taking place here.

The Strafford Lions club guests make the official hand-off to our club and now it is Norwich’s turn to feed and care for this monster of a Lion.

See below for official rules for the traveling lion program/competition.

A primary mission of the district is to "UNITE the clubs (of district 45) in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding". Toward that end the Traveling Lion competition was created. Please note that nothing in these competition rules says that you should hide your good silverware before the neighbors come to visit...

Traveling Lion

There will be ONLY 1 Lion traveling in this contest to build the spirit of Lionism in Vermont, District 45.

For the purpose of this contest the Host Club is defined as the club conducting the meeting and who has the Lion before it is awarded to the Traveling Club.

Regional and District Contest Rules

A. Points for the traveling Lions are calculated from this Official mileage chart:

To calculate points earned, the mileage one way is multiplied by the number of members traveling.Only Lions who are on the official roster of the club are eligible to receive points. 

B. During the contest, the Traveling Lion will be awarded to the club who has earned the most points for traveling to the Host Club. A club may capture the Traveling Lion once each month.

C. Travel for the Traveling Lion can be a regularly scheduled meeting or special business meeting of the Host Club. The Host Club must be informed by the traveling club at least 72 hours in advance of the capture date and provide a number of guests attending.

D. The Secretary or Traveling Lion Chairperson of the Host Club shall be responsible for reporting the travels of the Lion to the District Traveling Lion Chair along with a point count. This report must include points earned and by what club, the submitting Lions name and phone number, and the date of the next regular meeting of the club that captured the Lion along with their contact information. The chair will provide a bonus of 200 points to the host club that provides the information to the chair within 48 hours of the meeting where the Lion was captured.

E. The next capture date will be at least 2 weeks after a capture to allow the District 45 Chair time to notify all clubs and to allow clubs to make plans for traveling.  If the Lion is not captured at the first available meeting announced by the District Traveling Lion Chairperson, IT MUST BE DELIVERED BEFORE THAT HOST CLUB’S NEXT MEETING to another club, at the first meeting of the club they are delivering it to.  The Club delivering the Lion will receive mileage one way times the number of members traveling plus a BONUS of 100 points because of non-capture.  A Club can only deliver the Lion to a particular club once. If the Host Club does not deliver the Traveling Lion to another club the Traveling Lion Chair will notify the District Governor and the Host Club will be penalized 200 points on the Number 1 Club. (Only Exception to this is fun Vermont weather.)

F. The District Traveling Lion Chairperson will notify all clubs in the Region, for Regional Lions, or in the District for the District Traveling Lion of the location, date of availability, place, contact, and phone number.

G. If the Host Club is not notified of the planned visit of a club for the purpose of capturing the Lion then the traveling club shall be ineligible for travel points and not be able to capture the Lion. 

H. The District Traveling Lion Chairperson will be responsible for keeping a record of the Traveling Lion Contest. Any appeal or need for interpretation of these rules shall be sent to the Chair first, and then District Governor, if necessary. 

I. Clubs cannot receive points for Traveling Lion and official visitations for Number One Club, on the same visit.

J. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the District will be awarded at the District 45 Spring Convention.

K. The last club to have captured the Traveling Lion(s) as of March 31 shall be designated the Host Club in September.

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