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Start a New Club

Starting a Lions Club offers you the opportunity to create the club you want to see in your community, and serve the causes you care about with the service-minded people you care about most.

Benefit your community

Starting a Lions club will benefit your community. By introducing service projects and offering more community members the opportunity to serve, you create good by chartering a new club.

Starting a new club also benefits your Lions District. You’ll expand the reach of Lions Clubs International in your area, and encourage membership growth. A new club creates potential – potential leaders, potential service, and potential recruitment – for your district.

What do I need to start a new club?

  • 20 or more charter members.
  • A sponsoring club, zone, region, district cabinet or district committee.
  • A completed charter application and report of charter members, submitted via MyLCI.
  • Your current district governor's approval.
  • Appropriate charter fees and certification form.
  • A minimum of one Guiding Lion.

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Club chartering awards

Starting a club supports the growth of Lions International, and you may qualify for certain awards as a result! Awards and recognition for starting a new club include District Governor Extension Awards, Extension Award Recipients, or a Sponsoring Club Patch.