H.R. 2139: Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act

H.R. 2139

Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act

Sponsor
Sen. Bernard Sanders

Date
September 10, 2012 (112th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, September 10, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 2139, the Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act, under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  The bill was introduced by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) on June 3, 2012, and referred to the Committee on Financial Services. 

Bill Summary

H.R. 2139 would direct the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue $1 silver coins in commemoration of the centennial of the founding of the Lions Clubs International. The bill would require the design of the coins to be emblematic of the centennial.

The bill would permit the Secretary to issue such coins only during calendar year 2017 and would require the sale of the coins to include a surcharge of $10 per coin, to be paid by the Secretary to the Lions Clubs International Foundation.  In addition, the sales price would be required to cover the costs of producing and issuing the coins.

Background

According to the findings of the bill, Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization founded in 1917 by Chicago business leader Melvin Jones. Lions Clubs International empowers volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.

Today, Lions Clubs International has over 1.35 million members in more than 45,000 clubs globally, extending its mission of service throughout the world every day. 

In 1945, Lions Clubs International became one of the first nongovernmental organizations invited to assist in drafting the United Nations Charter and has enjoyed a special relationship with the United Nations ever since.

In 1968, Lions Clubs International Foundation was established to assist with global and large-scale local humanitarian projects and has since then awarded more than $700 million to fund five unique areas of service: preserving sight, combating disability, promoting health, serving youth and providing disaster relief.

In 1990, the Lions Clubs International Foundation launched the SightFirst program to build comprehensive eye care systems to fight the major causes of blindness and care for the blind or visually impaired. Thanks to the generosity of Lions worldwide, over $415 million has been raised, resulting in the prevention of serious vision loss in 30 million people and improved eye care for hundreds of millions of people.

On June 7, 2017, Lions Clubs International will celebrate 100 years of community service to men, women, and children in need throughout the world.

Cost

There was no Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate available for this bill.