Moving clubs forward
This is a summary of the main points discussed at the recent Seminar held in Southampton.
[There is no significance in the order in which items appear]
How would your Club respond to these Questions?
- How do you encourage those with talent/expertise to step up to the plate?
- How do you ensure Club Officers are the right people in the right job?
- What incentives can you use to encourage members to volunteer for roles of responsibility?
- Why are so many members reluctant to step forward?
- What is the purpose of District Cabinet?
- What does Cabinet do to help Clubs?
- Do Lions Clubs offer what the young want from such an organisation?
- How do we pass on the knowledge from more experienced to younger/less experienced members?
- Why do we insist on members attending as many meetings as possible?
- Do Clubs have Assistant Treasurer/Secretary etc to assist and ready to take on the mantle?
- Does District employ this tactic?
- Do those in post for many years prevent others from taking on their roles? This could be subtly or openly undertaken.
- Do Presidents keep members in post as this is the ‘easy life’?
Some suggested tips to help
- Those joining from other counties/cultures have a much more positive outlook.
- Need to increase the public profile of lionism to raise awareness of Lions and what Lions do.
- Everyone joining a Club is given some responsibility.
- Make use of social media.
- Look at Universities as possible Campus Clubs.
- Need to go out and meet and encourage the young, who are already volunteers, to ‘cross the line’ to join a Lions Club.
- Try to get younger people to join in email discussions on what they need and what they can offer.
- Presentations must be ‘slick’ and well given including Reports from Chairs to the members.
- Essential Clubs encourage Fun in their Meetings and enjoy an active Social life for all members.
- Clubs require flexibility – some are far too staid.
- Use a ‘Lion’s Corner’ at each Meeting where one member talks about themselves (for about 5 minutes) and what they have achieved – may reveal talents the Club could make use of.
- A radical approach which some Clubs might consider pursuing: a group of Clubs – probably geographically close to each other - consider reorganising themselves as a ‘Parent’ Club with a number of Club Branches; this would save on bureaucracy and allow the Branches to concentrate on serving their own local community.
- Club Committees select their own leader to represent them at Directors or to report to the Club as a whole.
- Older Lions need to stop and listen to the younger members.
Some possible hindrances to Clubs making progress
- Lack of new Lions hampers new role takers.
- Many members say they have/had too much responsibility at work and do not need it in their volunteer roles.
- Global Action Teams – too much ‘management speak’ coupled with the job descriptions are creating a lack of interest in such roles.
- Many Clubs are far too insular.
- Many Clubs are too complacent; due to much earlier successes.
- Cost of being a Lion causes some not to join.
- Meeting formats and length.
- Some Venues are not conducive to effective meetings.
- Control Freaks in Clubs hamper progress.
David Merchant – 6th October 2017