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FVDG/DGE Training Program

The First Vice District Governors/District Governors-Elect (FVDGs/DGEs) Training Program is an intensive year long training program designed to equip FVDGs/DGEs with the knowledge, vision and skills necessary to strengthen and build Lions Clubs International. It is organized as a comprehensive training path beginning in September with online assignments in the Lions Learning Center, and culminating at the International Convention.

Please see the FVDG/DGE Program Overview for a view of the entire FVDG/DGE Training Program.

Below you will find detailed information pertaining to the FVDG/DGE Seminar and the International Convention.

Visa information


We understand that you may need a U.S. Visa to travel to the Unites States and if you do require a U.S. Visa we encourage you to begin the U.S. Visa application process as soon as possible.

If a U.S. Visa is required to enter the country, please apply for a B-2 Tourist visa. Additional information can be found on the U.S. Department of State website.

Please note: U.S. Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant's residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a visitor visa. If you choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember it is not one of the factors used in determining whether to issue or deny the visa.

Registration information


Registration is now open for the FVDG/DGE Training Program taking place in both St. Charles, IL USA in February 2023 and the 105th Lions International Convention in Boston, MA, USA in July 2023.

Complete the FVDG/DGE Training Program Official Registration Housing and Travel Form. This form is required to confirm your registration for both the St. Charles, IL USA event and the Lions International Convention program.

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Seminar - Days 1-3 in St. Charles, IL, USA


Who: FVDG/DGE only (no spouse or companion)
Seminar: Tuesday, February 7 - Thursday, February 9, 2023
Arrival: Monday, February 6, 2023
Departure: Friday, February 10, 2023

Training consists of three days of in-person, interactive classroom discussions and activities, presentations from Lion leaders and international mingling.

Support Person Request Form
Know Before You Go - Travel
Ground Transportation
Hotel Accommodations
Lions Shop Order Form
Wheelchair and Scooter Rental
Onsite Experience
Travel Reimbursement Policy
Travel Expense Form

Seminar - Day 4 in Boston, MA, USA


Who: DGE and spouse/companion
Seminar: Friday, July 7, 2023
Arrival: Thursday, July 6, 2023
Departure: Wednesday, July 12, 2023

DGEs and their spouse or adult companion will attend a series of general sessions with the latest news from LCI/LCIF and inspiring messages from Lions and guests. The day concludes with an elegant celebration banquet.


Online assignments


FVDGs/DGEs will be assigned online assignments to complete throughout their year of training. The courses will be automatically assigned as they become available in the Lions Learning Center (LLC). Click the button below to access the Lions Learning Center through your Lion Account. Click here for Lions Account Access instructions. Email for support.

Lions Learning Center

Contact information


For questions please use the contact information below.

Registration/Hotel Arrangements | +1 630-468-7016 |
Travel/Flight Arrangements | +1 630-468-7052 |
Travel Reimbursement | +1 630-468-6978 |
Seminar Program Content | +1 630-468-6857 |
Online Assignments | +1 630-468-7073 |