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A program launched in 2018-2019 to celebrate women’s contributions and promote gender parity within Lions Clubs International. In 2019-2020 the program was expanded under International President Dr. Jung-Yui Choi to include young adults, including Leo Lions, and other underrepresented populations as diverse and sought-after New Voices in the association. This initiative is about hearing the story of the unheard and is a forum for sharing new ideas and learning from one another for the betterment of Lions Clubs International.

New Voices are a diverse group of individuals who, selected annually by their District Governor, are gaining recognition for their dynamic and innovative contributions in one of the four fields: Service, Membership, Leadership and Marketing. This year, to encourage regionalization and support at the grassroot level, recognition will be primarily focused at the district level. By eliminating the nomination protocol, which requires endorsement at multiple levels, New Voice nominees will be recognized throughout the year showcasing their talents and contributions in a more timely manner.  We encourage local areas to promote the program and their nominees with the goal of attracting new dynamic members into our association and encouraging them to seek leadership positions.

To learn more about the New Voices program and join our monthly webinars please visit weserve.org/newvoices/.

New Voices Symposiums

(Formerly known as Women's Symposium Program) The underlying goal of the New Voices Symposium is to promote gender parity and diversity, while seeking to increase the number of women, young adults, and other underrepresented populations in our organization. The Symposiums are useful tools for pinpointing needs and relevant service opportunities that will spark the interest of people of all ages and backgrounds in the community. They serve to promote Lions clubs and service projects of interest to the community, recruit non-Lions, as well as provide information and resources for chartering a new club or club branch with the goal of developing new community projects.

Lions Clubs International offers grants of up to US$2,000 per symposium (US$4,000 per Constitutional Area). For planning assistance and grant application, please see the New Voices Symposium Planning Guide.

New Voices Workshops

(Formerly known as the Lions Regional Women’s Workshop) The underlying goal of the New Voices Workshops is to bring together a small diverse group of Lions to explore factors surrounding the recruitment and retention of individuals from the various ethnic, gender and age groups in specific parts of the world. By offering Lions the opportunity to meet and devise strategies to increase the number of women, young adults and other underrepresented persons in membership and leadership, the workshops can provide Lions with a clear action plan for their region.

Lions Clubs International offers grants of up to US$2,000 per workshop (US$4,000 per Constitutional Area). For planning assistance and grant application, please see the New Voices Workshop Planning Guide.

For further assistance and questions, please contact the District Administration Division at newvoices@lionsclubs.org (630)468-7084