Officer Training: Intro to Lions Session

On August 18th, we held a thorough training to cover a variety of sessions.  Below are some helpful resources related to our organization, our overall mission and more.

 

Intro to Lions

newmemberorientation

 

 

 

4 AREAS OF FOCUS & STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

4 Areas of Focus & Strategic Inititives
Enhance Service Impact & Focus

Enhance Service Impact & Focus


The number of people in need served by a Lions Club – the visually impaired, people with disabilities, people needing urgent assistance and often life-changing medical assistance – has increased sharply (by four-fold) since 2010-11, and is increasing every year.

Reshape Publie Opinion & Improve Visibility

Reshape Public Opinion & Improve Visibility


The need for voluntary humanitarian service is higher than ever as a result, and we need to remind society of our impact, and what communities could be like without a Lions Club, and what people united in service can do to meet rising needs and build communities of hope and resiliency.

Pursue Club, District & Organizational Excellence

Pursue Club, District & Organizational Excellence


We are today the largest voluntary service organization in the world. Continuing to innovate in services to Lions clubs and districts, including further harnessing technology advances, will be essential to our second century of success and expanding our humanitarian service.

Improve Membership Value & Reach New Markets

Improve Membership Value & Reach New Markets


People have more choices today to serve and give back to their community/people in need. We need to continue promoting new ways for caring people to be involved in our service and provide options for service engagement which are flexible and mesh with today’s busy lifestyles. We will continue to welcome people of all ages, genders, races and faiths into our movement.

More information on the new program can be found here: LCI Forward

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 

Your Club Your Way

One of the most difficult things we experience as Lions is the issue of retention.  Once we get a new member, find that they are really excited about doing the work we do for our communities, we want to make sure we involve them in our events and projects.  But time after time, we see those same members walking out the door.  While we do lose our members for a variety of other reasons, we lose many of them due to our meeting structure.  This article will discuss ways to identify problems in your own club and ways to make the club meetings better and more engaging.  

Is It Really Tradition?

We understand that tradition is important and that some clubs wish to hold on to the standard way of holding meetings.  However, if we wish to grow our clubs and get new members from our current generation, we cannot conduct meetings as we did 50 years ago.  We need to change with the times.  

To assist us with moving on with better meeting structures, LCI removed the attendance requirement several years ago.  No longer are we required to take attendance at meetings but are encouraged to promote more events and community projects.  

The Meal Club

You see, Lions Clubs never meant for us to become a Lions Dinner club.  Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened in many areas of the world.  Some clubs simply stopped doing the service they set out to do and met only for meals and fellowship, leaving service for the others.  It’s very difficult to ask members to join you to “serve” the community when each time they come to a meeting, it’s only to sit and eat.  

Think about your own club.  What does your club do when you get together for your “meetings”?  Do you all sit and eat, listen to someone speak, and  then all leave? Or do you all meet, work on something together, have a meal time and make that time count as a service project? 

Meetings

When your club has “meetings”, do you make sure that your meetings promote good fellowship? Are you trying to hold committee meetings during your time together? Are the meetings so steeped in structure that there is no flexibility? Are the meetings causing tension or strife within the club?

Perhaps a Solution

LCI introduced Your Club, Your Way quite a while back.  It promotes using flexible ways to hold your meetings and gatherings.  It requires taking a look at your members, current and prospective, to see what will truly work for you.  It requires a WILLINGNESS to change things up.  How does it work? 

  1. Establish Goals for Club Meetings. Toss out what you USED to do to plan this.  Do you even know why you are having meetings?  To eat meals? Start thinking new thoughts with your club and decide what you WANT to accomplish.  Do you want to have meals or do you WANT to do small projects or events? Do you want to have a small goal each meeting? For example, January may be a membership meeting.  February may be a fundraising meeting, etc.  Do you want to hear from a speaker? It’s your club’s decision.  Whatever it is, there should be a goal.  
  2. Determine Frequency.  Only AFTER you have determined your goals will you determine frequency.  You may not need a monthly meeting; you may need one weekly.  This will be governed solely by your goals.  
  3. Determine Date, Time, Location of Meeting.  Once you know how often AND the purpose of your meetings, you can find the time and place for your club to meet.  Clubs often think about finding a public place to meet with a meal because they want to invite new prospective members.  It does NOT have to be done this way.  There are a lot of ways to get new members.  There is no requirement that you have standard meetings.  Perhaps your club decides to meet twice a month.  One is a board meeting and one is an event.  The event could be where you are out in the public providing a service and promoting for new members.  
  4. Question Traditions.  Are you holding on to a tradition because you have always done it this way? Is there a reason for the tradition? What are the reasons for the traditions? Some traditions, such as recognizing community leaders, respect for others, etc, obviously need to be continued.  However, some traditions may need to be removed – again, it is solely up to the club. Your club!
  5. Use multiple communication methods.  In today’s world, everyone communicates a bit differently.  Some people primarily prefer email, while others use text.  Some would rather talk on the phone.  Some are Facebook and Facebook messenger users.  It is important that communications be presented in many forms.  Your club can use newsletters, email, and more.  Appoint a person in your club to be responsible to creating a texting communication.  Consider using the myLion application (free) from your phone which allows your to communicate in messages to one another.  

As you can see, using the Your Club, Your Way structure really does have advantages.  It allows a club to decide how, or if, they want to have meetings.  You can have online meetings, in person meetings or a variety of the mix.  

Be sure to check out Lions Clubs My Club for more information on ways you can make your club better at attracting and retaining new members!