LIONS INDUCTION CEREMONY
The induction of a new member into a local Lions Club is the beginning of his/her membership development. In order to lend dignity and importance to the induction ceremony it should be performed by a well-respected Lion.
Lionism began in June, 1917, when a young Chicago Insurance agent, Melvin Jones, presented to a group of separate business clubs the idea of consolidating the individual clubs into one strong influential club with the goal of helping the community and serving humanity without regard to politics, religion, race, or in any way the personal interests of the members.
The Lions are members of the largest service-oriented group of Clubs under an International organization, where each member enjoys fellowship, develops leadership capacity and dedicates part of their free time to help those in need in their own community first, but also in the rest of the world.
The members that we will be inducting tonight have been invited to join the over 1.4 million Lions in 185 countries and geographical areas around the world that support the Lions Motto: "WE SERVE."
At this time I would like to ask the prospective members and their sponsors to come forward.
LIGHT CANDLES WHILE THEY ARE COMING UP -
HAND EACH PROSPECTIVE NEW MEMBER A PURPLE CANDLE
The colors of purple and gold were selected as the official colors of the Association in 1917. To Lions, purple represents loyalty to country, friends, to one's self and to the integrity of mind and heart. It is the color of strength, courage and dedication to a cause. Gold symbolizes sincerity of purpose, liberality in judgement, purity in life and generosity in mind, heart and purse toward mankind. We use the white candle to symbolize the International Association of Lions Clubs because it represents truth. Please light your candle from the white candle.
Since you have expressed a desire to affiliate with this Club and with Lions Clubs International, I now ask that you repeat after me:
I do hereby accept membership
In the Lions Club of ______________________________________
Knowing that such membership
Obligates me to participate
In all functions of the Club
To the best of my ability,
I will abide by the Lions Code of Ethics
Attend meetings regularly
Accept such assignments as are given me
And contribute my share to the programs
Of my Club, District, and Lions Clubs International.
You are now a member of the Lions Club of _____________________
Your sponsor will now place upon your lapel the Lions Emblem, which signifies this membership.
AS THE SPONSOR PINS THE EMBLEM ON - CONTINUE
The Emblem consists of a gold letter "L" on a circular purple field. Bordering this is a circular gold area with two Lion profiles at either side facing away from the center. Symbolically, the lions face both past and future -- proud of the past and confident of the future.
Now I would like to ask the sponsors to respond to my words with a simple "I will."
Will you fulfill the following obligations to the new member?
Make him/her feel welcome by introducing him/her to all Club members
Provide him/her with information about the Club, its officers and Constitution
See to it that officers provide him/her with assignments that will enable him/her to immediately become an active Lion
Arrange for Orientation Sessions on Lionism
Be ready to answer any questions he/she might have on the operation of the Club, as well as on any other subject of Lionism
Encourage him/her to let you know of any existing problems and offer possible solutions
Assist him/her in developing into an outstanding Lion
Sponsors Respond: "I WILL"
CLOSING STATEMENT TO THE NEW MEMBERS
Fellow Lions, wear that emblem constantly, with pride. Let me congratulate you and welcome you into the greatest of all service Club organizations ... The International Association of Lions Clubs. On behalf of the Club, I now present you with your official Certificate of Membership and a New Member Kit which will help you get off to a good start in your life as a Lion. We are all proud and happy to have you as a member of the Lions Club of _____________________________
INSTRUCT THE NEW MEMBERS TO BLOW OUT THEIR CANDLES AND TURN AROUND.
I would like to ask the members of this Club to rise and welcome their new members.
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