New for 2015-Chapter Founder! Starting in 2015, be the very first person to enroll in a new chapter and you will become the official "Chapter Founder". This designation means you have taken the initiative to start Lion's Heart in your area! This special designation will show on your Group Page, and on your volunteer log (which you can easily share). We then encourage you to find three friends (in the same city, grade, and gender as you) to enroll too!
Students entering 7th grade in August or September: Interested boys and girls who are entering 7th grade in August or September and wish to become a Member are assigned to a group on a first come-first serve basis until the group is full at 20 members. Additional groups may be formed if a Class Coordinator is available for each group. No requests for a specific group are accepted. Contacting of new Members with their group information will start in April. The first meeting will be held in May.
New Members in existing groups: Requests for a specific group are taken for existing/returning groups (not students entering 7th grade), pending space availability (20 maximum in a group). Enrollment period: New Members may enrollment from February 1st at 10:00 A.M. (PST) through 11:59 P.M. (PST) on October 1st. Members enrolling prior to May 1st will start membership on May 1st (pending space) and new Members enrolling after May 1st will start immediately, pending availability in a group. There are no pro-ration of dues or hours for Members starting after May 1st.
Re-Enrollment: Former Members who would like to join again should choose the Re-Enrollment option during new Member enrollment and pay the new Member dues (which are higher than returning Member dues). This will enable the Chapter President to reinstate the archived volunteer log. Former Members may request to be placed in their former group, but that will only be honored if there is space available. If an Archived Member has forgotten their former username and/or password, they should contact the Chapter President.
The restrictions for Members to re-enroll are as follows: Unpaid dues: Member must wait until at least May 15th to re-enroll, but Member must otherwise be eligible to continue by not missing too many meeting, and logging in the required hours by noon on April 30th. Resigned, Missed Meetings, and/or insufficient hours logged in by April 30: Member must wait June 1st (10:00 A.M. PST) to re-enroll.
Tee Shirts and Members Folders: After enrollment and upon assignment to a group, all new Members will be sent a Lion's Heart tee shirt (see Tee Shirt Information) and Member folder, along with a welcome letter. This welcome package will also provide all of the group information and Class Coordinator's name and contact information. Hardship Request: If you feel you have a financial hardship that makes paying the new Member Dues especially difficult, we will consider waiving or discounting your dues. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with an explanation of your financial hardship, name, age, gender, chapter request, and year of graduation. If approved, you will receive a discount code that that can be used during step 5. This process will delay your enrollment.
Transferring Groups/Chapters: Returning Members may transfer to another group or another chapter between May 1st and October 1st. There is a $50 transfer fee payable online. If there is space available in the requested group/chapter they want to transfer to (and would not subject the existing group to fall below the minimum three Members), a Member logins into their account, and clicks Membership > Transfer Request. A Member can easily see if they qualify for a transfer. If they do, the Member will be able to choose a new group either within the existing chapter or another chapter. Once the Chapter President assigns the Member to the new group, the Member will immediately be notified via email. There are no hardship discounts given for transfers.
If a Member in good standing moves their primary residence 30+ miles away, they may request a transfer to a new chapter at any time during the year at no cost. The Member must make the request with the Director of Operations.
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