Statute

Preamble

On the initiative of Lions Club Lucca Walls Presidency of Lion Franco Ghio 2003/2004) the 1st Congress of Lions Clubs whose members live and work in a city still surrounded by ancient walls was held in Lucca from 18 to 19 June 2004.

The participating clubs who joined the initiative were:

1 – L.C. Le Mura Lucca – Italy (partner promoter / founder)
2 – L.C. Avignon – France (founding member)
3 – Club de Leones de Avila – Spain (founding member)
4 – L.C. La Cité, Carcassonne France (founding member)
5 – L.C. Terre d’Aude Carcassonne – France (founding member)
6 – L.C. Mdina – Rep. of Malta (founding member)
7 – L.C. San Marino – Rep: of San Marino (founding member)

The participating Clubs decided to set up the International Association of Lions Club established in a city “surrounded by ancient walls”. The Clubs appointed Lion Franco Ghio as President giving a mandate to prepare a formal constitutional act. Clubs participating in the 2nd International Congress held in Carcassonne on 11 and 12 June 2005 finally approved the act.

Meanwhile the following Clubs joined the Association:

8- L.C. Viterbo – Italia
9- L.C. Gerusalemme Host – Israele
10- L.C. Gerusalemme – Israele
11- L.C. Tarquinia – Italia
12- L.C. Saint Malo – Francia
13- L.C. Namur Vauban – Belgio
14- L.C. Brugges – Belgio
15- L.C. Marostica – Italia
16- L.C. Sabbioneta – Italia
17- L.C. Montagnana Este – Italia
18- L.C. Gubbio Host – Italia
19- L.C. Bergamo le Mura – Italia
20- L.C. Cartagena Crespo – Colombia
21- L.C. Cartagena Monarca – Colombia
22- L.C. Dubrovnich – Croazia
23- L.C. Ohrid Desareti – Macedonia
24- L.C. Veliko Tarnovo – Bulgaria
25- L.C. Norcia Valnerina – Italia
26- L.C. Capua Casa Hirta- Italia
27- L.C. Cittadella – Italia
28- L.C. Piacenza – Italia
29- L.C. Como Plinio il Giovane – Italia
30- L.C. Ferrara Host – Italia
31- L.C. Urbino – Italia
32- L.C. Grosseto Host – Italia
33- L.C. Todi – Italia
34- L.C. Gallipoli – Italia
35- L.C. Gradisca d’Isonzo – Italia
36- L.C. Treviso Eleonora Duse – Italia
37- L.C. Susegana Castello di Collalto – Italia
38 – L.C. Alghero (Italia)
39 – L.C. Bassano HOST (Italia)
40 – L.C. La VALLETTA – Malta
41 – L.C. Soncino (Italia)
42 – L.C. San Bonifacio Soave (Italia)
43 – L.C. Pizzighettone (Italia)
44 – L.C. Vicenza PALLADIO (Italia)
45 – L.C. Lecce SANTA CROCE – ACAYA (Italia)
46 – L.C. Re Teodorico – VERONA (Italia)
47 – L.C. Vicenza HOST (Italia)
48 – L.C. Vicenza La Totonda (Italia)
49 – L.C. Asolo Pedemontana Del Grappa (Italia)
50 – L.C. Faenza HOST (Italia)
51 – L.C. Nardò’ (Italia)
52 – L.C. Cervignano – Palmanova (Italia)
53 – L.C. Venzone (Italia)
54 – L.C. DENARIUS SKOPJE – Macedonia
55 – L.C. Osimo (Italia)
56 – L.C. Volterra (Italia)
57 – L.C. LMNIDOS OHRID MACEDONIA
58 – L.C. Sansepolcro (Italia))
59 – L.C. ROTHERHAM (Inghilterra)
60 – L.C. Abenga-Valle Del Lerrone-Garlenda (Savona – Italia)
61 – L.C. Jesce Matera-Altamura-Santeramo (Bari – Italia)
62 – L.C. Albenga HOST (Italia)
63 – L.C. BERGAMO CITTA’ DEI MILLE (Italia)
64 – L.C. SKOPJE ST. PANTELEMON (Macedonia)
65 – L.C. SKOPJE MACEDONIA NEW CENTURY (Macedonia)
66 – L.C. SKOPJE SVETLINA LIGHT (Macedonia)
67 – L.C. OHRID HOST (Macedonia)
68 – L.C. OHRID DENICA (Macedonia)
69 – L.C. Bassano Jacopo Da Ponte (Italia)
70 – L.C. Bergamo HOST (Italia)
71 – L.C. Bari (Italia)
72 – L.C. Castelfranco Veneto – TV (Italia)
73 – L.C. di Montefiascone “Falisco-Vulsineo” – VT (Italia)
74 – L.C. Termoli Host – CB (Italia)
75 – L.C. di Briancon (Francia)
76 – L.C. Bergamo Colleoni BG (Italia)
77 – L.C. Cividale – Manzano (Italia) – Socio “Amico delle Mura”
78 – L.C. Bergamo San Marco BG (Italia)
79 – L.C. Bisceglie (Italia)
80 – L.C. Manduria (Italia)
81 – L.C. Finale Ligure (Italia)
82 – L.C. Perugia Concordia (Italia)
83 – L.C. Montone Aries, (Italia)
84 – L.C. Ventimiglia (Italia)
85 – L.C. Matelica (Italia)
86 – L.C. Colli Euganei Dogi Contarini (Italia)
87 – L.C. Pompei Host (Italia)
88 – L.C. Cagaloglu Iki (Istanbul – Turchia)
89 – L.C. Prato Datini (Italia)
90 – L.C. Certaldo Boccaccio (Italia)
91 – L.C. Lions Club Ostuni Città Bianca (Ostuni – Italia)
92 – L.C. Lions Club Orvieto (Terni – Italia)
93 – L.C. Lions Club Serravalle Pistoiese (Pistoia – Italia)
94 – L.C. Lions Club Loano Doria (Savona – Italia)
95 – Lions Club Narni (Terni – Italia)
96 – Lions Club Asti Host (Asti – Italia) – Socio “Amico delle Mura”
97 – Lions Club Aosta Host (Aosta – Italia)
98 – Lions Club Treviso Europa (Treviso – Italia)
99 – Lions Club Rovereto San Marco (Rovereto – Trento – Italia)
100 – Lions Clube De Lisboa Mater (Host Club) (Lisbona – Portogallo)
101 – Lions Club Ostuni Host (Ostuni – Brindisi – Italia)
102 – Lions Club Roma Urbe (Roma – Italia)
103 – Lions Club Friesach Burgenstad (Austria)
104 – Lions Club Benevento Host (Benevento – Italia)
105 – Lions Club Magusa Kale (Famagusta – Cipro Nord)
106 – Lions Club Udine Duomo (Udine – Italia)
107 – Lions Club Rieti Host (Rieti – Italia)
108 – Lions Club Rimini Riccione Host (Rimini – Italia) – Socio “Amico delle Mura”
109 – Lions Club Recanati Loreto Host (Macerata/Ancona – Italia)
110 – Lions Club Castiglione della Pescaia Salebrum (Grosseto – Italia) – Socio “Amico delle Mura”
111 – Lions Club Isola d’Elba (Livorno – Italia)
112 – Lions Club Girne Ozgurada (Girne – Kirenia – Cipro del Nord)
113 – Lions Club L’Aquila Host (L’Aquila – Italia)
114 – Lions Club Girne Ada (Girne – Kyrenia – Cipro del Nord)
115 – Lions Club Magusa Mesarya (Famagusta – Cipro del Nord)
116 – Lions Club Montemurlo (Montemurlo – Prato – Italia) – Socio “Amico delle Mura”
117 – Lions Club Gela (Gela – Caltanisetta – Italia) – Socio “Amico delle Mura”
118 – Lions Club Sciacca Terme (Sciacca – Agrigento – Italia)
119 – Lions Club Firenze Palazzo Vecchio (Firenze – Italia) – Socio “Amico delle Mura”
120 – Lions Club Firenze Cosimo Dè Medici (Firenze – Italia) – Socio “Amico delle Mura”
121 – Lions Club Macerata Host (Macerata – Italia)
122 – Lions Club Ferrara Estense (Ferrara – Italia)
123 – Lions Club Garfagnana (Castelnuovo di Garfagnana – Castiglione di Garfagnana – Lucca – Italia)
124 – Lions Club Foligno (Foligno – Perugia – Italia)
125 – Lions Club Pietrasanta Versilia Storica (Pietrasanta – Lucca – Italia) – Socio “Amico delle Mura”
126 – Lions Club Barberino Montelibertas (Barberino Val D’Elsa – Firenze – Italia)
127 – Lions Club satellite Milano Cascina Triulza (Milano – Italia) – Socio “Amico delle Mura”
128 – Lions Club Milano Host (Milano – Italia) – Socio “Amico delle Mura”
129 – Lions Club Cervia Ad Novas (Cervia – Ravenna – Italia)
130 – Lions Club Firenze Michelangelo (Firenze – Italia) – Socio “Amico delle Mura”
131 – Lions Club Pistoia (Pistoia – Italia)
132 – Lions Club Sciacca Host (Sciacca – Agrigento – Italia)
133 – Lions Club Barcelona Gaudì (Barcellona – Spagna)
134 – Lions Club Girne Vatan (Girne – Kyrenia – Cipro del Nord)
135 – Lions Club Bologna Colli A. Murri (Bologna – Italia) – Socio “Amico delle Mura”
136 – Lions Club Lefkosa Sarayonu (Lefkosa – Nicosia – Cipro del Nord)
137 – Lions Club Udine Lionello (Udine – Italia) – Socio “Amico delle Mura”
138 – Lions Club Grosseto Aldobrandeschi (Grosseto – Italia)
139 – Lions Club Dinan (Francia)
140 – Lions Club Siracusa Host (Siracusa – Italia) – Socio “Amico delle Mura”
141 – Lions Club Melfi (Potenza – Italia)
142 – Lions Club Lefkosa Baskent (Lefkosa – Nicosia – Cipro del Nord)
143 – Lions Club Tirana Elite (Tirana – Albania)
144 – Lions Club Iskele Sahil (Iskele – Trikomo – Rep. Cipro del Nord) – Friend of the Walls – Socio Amico delle Mura
145 – Lions Club Roma New Century (Roma – Italia)
146 – Lions Club Thessaloniki White Tower (Tessaloniki – Salonicco – Grecia)
147 – Lions Club Orbetello I Presidi (Orbetello – Grosseto – Italia)
148 – Lions Club Girne Akdeniz (Girne – Kyrenia– Cipro del Nord)
149 – Lions Club Montecatini Terme (Montecatini Terme – Pistoia – Italia) – Socio “Amico delle Mura”
150 – Lions Club Sfax Thyna (Sfax – Tunisia)
151 – Lions Club Cagliari Castello (Cagliari – Italia)
152 – Lions Club Thessaloniki Macedonia (Tessaloniki – Salonicco – Grecia)
153 – Lions Club Hong Kong IFC – (Hong Kong – China) – Friend of the Walls – Socio Amico delle Mura

The undersigned all members of Lions Clubs International in accordance with the Code of Ethics and in fulfilment of the Objectives of Lions agree to the following:

The preamble is an integral part of the statute.

Article 1

The International Association of Lions Clubs – Walled Cities – consists of Lions Clubs which are based and work in a city completely surrounded by ancient walls.

Article 2

The purpose of the Association is the exchange between the various Clubs:

The knowledge of the history of the city to which they relate and in particular the history of the city walls themselves.

Information related to living in walled cities.

Information related to traffic.

Information in general about the maintenance of the walls to be kept in good condition and any services – even common – to achieve that purpose.

Information about all the logistical problems that entail the boundary walls.

Study and analysis of the same and to search for common solutions.

Boost tourism to Lions at each Congress.

Article 3

The Headquarters of the Association will vary – in rotation – at the premises of the President in office from time to time.

Article 4

The Association has a Permanent Steering Committee consisting of one member from each Member Club.  The member will have the task of keeping contact between the Clubs themselves for the exchange of information and for the organization of the annual Congress.

Article 5

The member appointed by each Club shall remain in office until s/he is replaced by the Club membership.

Article 6

The Steering Committee shall elect a Chairman who shall represent the Association and shall hold office for three (3) years.

Article 7

The decisions of the Executive Committee are taken by a simple majority.  However to be valid at least 50% of the Clubs belonging to the Association must be represented.

Article 8

The Steering Committee meets once a year to coincide with the International Congress and takes decisions.   In cases of particular urgency and motivation, the same can also be taken via e-mail voting, after notification by the President (also via e-mail) of the agenda and proven reasons of urgency.

Article 9

The Association, besides the founders, is open to all Lions Clubs that have the characteristics of Article 1 and which in future ask to join.

Article 10

There are no territorial or geographic restrictions for membership which remains open to all Lions Clubs of any city in the world that have the characteristics referred to in Article 1.

Article 11

Participation in the Association will not involve any financial commitment by the participating Clubs.

Article 12

The organization of the annual Congress will be absolutely free, so each participant club solely can decide whether or not to organise and when to organise the Congress.

Article 13

The Steering Committee after a thorough evaluation  will allow participation in the Association of Lions Clubs from Clubs who are registered and operate in a city surrounded by ancient walls which however have breaks in the circle (this is not intended for those with short interruptions for access, roads and waterways) or remains of Roman walls or even earlier or at least traces of the same.  The Steering Committee will give these Clubs the title of “Friends of the Walls – Members of permanent observer” with voting rights as well as having a right to be part of the Steering Committee and participate in the annual congress brining their historical contribution and culture.  If they deem appropriate they may also hold the annual congress in their city.