Wanna Be a Guiding Lion?

PDG Teri Chambers-Rice will be having a Certified Guiding Lion webinar training on August 4th for those who are interested in helping the District with club growth and retention this year.  What is a guiding lion?

Guiding Lions help new clubs

  • Be successful in its first two years of operation
  • Orient and train club officers and members
  • Motivate and support club growth and development
  • Locate resources available to assist the club

Guiding Lions help struggling clubs with

  • rebuilding efforts
  • recruiting new members
  • training officers
  • understanding guidelines, ethics and principles
  • providing meaningful community service

Contact PDG Mark Rice, District GMT for more information on the program and to sign up!

 

 

Welcome to the 2018-19 Lions Year!

Welcome to the 2018-2019 Lions Year! Our new DG Debbie wanted to kick off the new year with some information about the new International President:

International Presidents Theme 

2018-19 Lions International President Gudrun Yngvadottir Biography – 

Sing With the Lions 

Retaining Membership of Lions 

Charting Our Course 

Painting A Better World 

Innovating Service 

Campaign 100 

Meet the MyLion Mobile App

A Club With a Vision

There are a lot of great things about being a Lion.  Not only are we the biggest service organization in the World, but we are the most diverse civic organization as well.  We have our footprints in a number of unique areas throughout the United States helping with disaster relief, hunger, diabetes and of course, vision needs.  But your local club can be even more diverse in another way.  

Think about your passions.  What population really means the most to your club? Does your club really become inspired when doing projects when working together with the local police? Does your club tend to focus programs on agendas based on veterans? Are you consistently looking for ways to partner with business groups? 

Lions clubs should not feel as though they can fill every niche in the community with just one club.  This is where your branch clubs come to your rescue.  If you have a few Lions in your club who have a heart for a special population, rather than lose them as Lions, have them start a branch club in your area.  

Why a branch club? You only need 5 members to start a branch club and it’s a healthy start to forming a new club.  A branch club will have it’s own executive officers which meet to plan their own projects.  One member of the regular club will be the liaison to the branch club.  With 5 new members, you have a brand new little club.  

Here are some ideas to help you start branch clubs in your area:

Firefighters: Firefighters are full of compassion and naturally community driven.  They speak their own language and understand a code.  They will work better with others who understand their needs.  If you have someone in your club who is a firefighter, work with him or her about becoming a liaison to a new branch from your club.  He/she can bring in other firefighters to the branch club.  They can work their own projects and grow the club.  

Veterans: There is a special call for Lions clubs that serve veterans.  Many veterans wish to give back to their communities in ways that benefit those who served our country.  If you have someone in your club who is passionate about that cause, ask him/her to start a branch club made up of veterans in your area.  This can quickly grow into a thriving successful club with a huge impact on your community.  

Police: Police are often misunderstood due to the media but if you have ever worked with officers on a regular basis, you will know that many officers also have a heart for giving back to the community.  Many of them are involved in projects to help the hungry or special Olympics.  

Here are some special interest Lions clubs from other areas: 

  • Hawaii Lions Ballroom Dancing Club – supporting arts for teens
  • Benton Bay Athletic Lions Club- supporting athletes for college 
  • Executive Women’s Lions Club of El Paso Texas – offers mentoring and computer skills for disadvanted women
  • Middleton Children First Lions Club – works with 3-5 year olds to prepare them for kindergarten 
  • San Francisco Bay Area Veterans Lions – sharing and promoting a bond in service to the community and country
  • Fairbanks Snowmobile Lions Club – encouraging fun and family time by staging races on snowmobiles
  • Alaska Sports Car Club – provides year round racing events to support Alaskan Lions related charities
  • Starkville Multi Culture Club – focus on culture bonding to provide service
  • Texas Panhandle Motorcycle Club – riders focusing on serving the community 
  • Lubbock Tech Club – support technology uses to fundraise and serve the community 
  • Mountain Hiking Club – supporting health and encouraging an active lifestyle for combating diabetes; supporting the environment
  • El Paso Special Needs Club 
  • Philidelphia Law Enforcement
  • DC Special Olympics

Hopefully this list gave you some new ideas.  Clubs all over the US are focusing on special interests to build better, stronger clubs.  If you have an idea about a branch club in your area, please reach out so we can get it started.  

DG Teri 

 

How To Use the MyLion App

If you have recently heard about the new MyLion app from LCI, you may be wondering why you need another app when you already have the MyLCI for your activities, Facebook for your social information and email for everything else.  

MyLCI is really a one stop shop for Lions.  It was created so that Lions can communicate easily with one another, share activities, update our information to LCI and more.  

If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, look for it on your iPhone or Android by searching for “MyLion” in iTunes or the PlayStore.  It’s a free app and easy to use.  Here is a helpful training video so you can get started and hit the ground running!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNNVHGacuGs&feature=youtu.be

Congratulations!

It was a wonderful District Retreat in Cohutta Springs 2 weeks ago!  The weather was beautiful, the speaker, PID Jerome Thompson gave us some wonderful advice and we had lots of things to do! 

I want to personally say thank you to everyone who attended and give a shout out to the following as a congratulations in their elections: 

District Governor Elect: Debbie Hennessey

1st District Governor Elect: David Crawford

2nd District Governor Elect: Jonathan Crooks

We look forward to the next year with our group of leaders!  If you get a chance, please sure to reach out by clicking on their names and giving them a congratulations! 

DG Teri 

Don’t Underestimate What LIONS Can Do

The East Cobb Lions Club received this note of thanks. Just one child, but the impact on her life is enormous.

From: Cheryl Hammen

To: Ed Ressler

Sent: 3/6/2018 11:11:34 AM

Subject: Thank you to the East Cobb Lions Club

Hello Ed,

I just wanted to let you know we have a parent that is very appreciative of the vision screening the Lions Club did for us back in the fall. Her daughter is a first grader. Your screening showed some issues, even though our county eye chart screening showed that she passed and she had always passed the vision screening at the pediatrician’s office. We sent the pdf file home and our counselor followed up with the mother at that time. There was a meeting today with the mother and she let us know the student has some major vision issues that are being addressed by a pediatric opthalmologist.  She was very thankful for the Lions Club for discovering she had some vision issues.

 

We hope to have you come back next fall for our screening. We will be in touch.

Thank you for all you do!

Cheryl Hammen, RN

School Nurse

Kincaid Elementary School

 

Staying in Service

Every member of a civic organization is unique.  Some are passionate about environmental causes while others feel a call to work with people, maybe even children.  A person can be very passionate about a very specific thing, such as protecting an area of land for the study of wolves in the wild.  Ask another person and he or she may not understand at all and wonder why all of the time and efforts are being spent on such a cause.  Being driven to such service is what makes us valuable as Lions.  We all come from a different place, a different passion but we all desire to serve.  How can we make sure that those needs are met in a club where each person may have a different expectation?  How can we be sure we are actually serving rather than becoming stagnant as a club? Hopefully this article will provide some techniques for staying in service.  

Goals

Every club must have goals.  Goals help your club stay on track so that it does not  become merely a social club rather than a service club.  To function properly, your club should have: membership goals, service goals and leadership goals.  For this article, we are going to focus on service goals.  

Service Goals and Planning

The Board and any committees should determine a plan that sets out service goals.  Your service goals may include specific projects.  For example, a goal may be to provide vision screens for 500 pre-schoolers over the course of a year.  To meet that goal, you will need to set some objectives.  For example, if you need equipment that you currently do not have, to meet that goal, you will write your plan on how to obtain the equipment.  Will you be borrowing the vision machine? Will you be purchasing it? Is there a fundraiser tied in to this goal so that you can achieve it? 

All of the goals should be broken down so that the club members have clear expectations.  This not only helps with any projects but it also empowers members to feel a part of the club.  

Documenting Your Service

After you have begun to complete your service (completing your goals), it’s very important that you enter that into myLCI.  This helps your club feel a sense of achievement for all of the hard work they have done.  It is a formal documentation to Lions Clubs International of your plans, your goals and your work.  This allows LCI to reward you after you have reached certain milestones.  Sometimes they will send banner patches or pins.  

More importantly, inputting your service allows LCI to show global corporations what we have achieved worldwide.  When LCI seeks grant money from places like Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, The Gates Foundation or others, our service hours provide leverage for those applications.  By showing the large numbers of service hours all over the world and how we impact our local communities, we are able to secure grants that help us take our service work further.  

What to Document

Always remember that you can add service including the following:

  • Planning, board meetings, committee meetings
  • Services, projects, set up and tear down
  • Time to and from activities
  • Non Lion activities also count.  If you do civic work with your church, another charity or other service work, it will also count in the non-Lions area.  

Assigning Someone To Document (the Club Service Chair) 

Recently, LCI made it easier for Secretaries to stay on track entering service hours for the clubs.  Now you can designate a person in your club whose only function is to enter service activities for the club.  This will be your go-to person for service activities.  A person who makes sure the activities are entered accurately and within the goal framework.  It’s another way to ensure that your club’s goal’s are met and your club stays on track.  

If you need more information about this role or how to enter service hours, contact PCC Kenneth Moore.