Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening Fellow Lions, Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you about this exciting, new opportunity to enhance the future for your club and the service you perform for the community. This programme is called “My Ideal Club” – Why? – Because it aim is to provide each and every Lions Club with the opportunity to decide what would be ideal for its own members, and its own community, and them move towards its chosen ideal.
The objectives of the programme are……………… (read slide). Please be assured, my fellow Lions, whilst for many clubs their ideal will require an increase in membership, this is not growth just for the sake of numbers. The aims of “My Ideal Club” programme are to increase our capacity and effectiveness in community service, and to make our clubs even more enjoyable, both for existing and for new members. Involvement in this programme is not a sign of weakness. Whatever the size and strength of your club, you will be able to benefit from the procedures and methodologies involved. And indeed, if you are in a position as a club to demonstrate successes of whatever nature, then you can be of great assistance in encouraging other clubs to strive for such successes.
As you will have gathered, this programme is all about growing our Clubs, and increasing our community service. That might suggest that we are dissatisfied with what we have done in the past, and what we are doing now. But that is not necessarily so. We should remind ourselves of the proud past we have enjoyed in our own Lions Clubs and as Lions Clubs International. We can all look back over the years and see huge success in virtually all our endeavours. And we are still hugely successful. Only a few years ago, Lions Clubs International was voted by readers of the Financial Times as the world’s best Non-Governmental Organisation to work with (another, similar organisation, who’s name begins with a R, came fifth in that survey!). We can also look at our enormous success with Campaign Sightfirst II – what other volunteer organisation could raise over US$200 million in just three years! And we can all look at the current programmes of our own Lions Clubs and see wonderful successes. (Mouse click) But what we want to ensure is that our future is as bright as, or even brighter than, our past. We want to create the bright future that we deserve, and that the communities that we serve are entitled to expect. But we can tell from the recent past that our future will not just happen. We are going to have to make some changes, if we want our future to be as bright as we deserve.
But change can be a scary thing! We get very comfortable with what we know, and it takes courage to move out of our comfort zone. However, if we are in control of change, then it need not be scary. In fact, if properly controlled, change can be very exhilarating and rejuvenating. To control change, we need to answer three main questions ............... (read from screen) . So let’s examine these three questions more closely.
Where are we now? Let’s look at some startling trends.
In Multiple District 105, the average club size is now just 20 (as opposed to around 29 worldwide). That is not to say that clubs of 20 or less don’t do a great job – they do! But if the average is 20, that means there are a huge number of clubs at well below that figure. And if your club only has 15, or even just 10 members, you are all having to work harder and harder all the time to keep up the level of community service that you want to achieve. How long will volunteers be willing to do this? The second point is even more startling! 48% of members who leave, do so within three years of joining . (repeat that sentence for effect). That means that, by and large, we can get new members, but we cannot keep them! Somehow, our clubs are not giving those new members what they expected when they joined. And of course, we are all aware that the average age of our members is rising all the time. That is not an ageist remark. But we have to face the facts that, if all the members of a club are now in their seventies or eighties, with the best will in the world, that club will not be there much longer. Natural causes will take their toll, and the club will cease to be. The community will lose the valuable service provided by their Lions club.
So what’s gone wrong with our clubs? Do you recognise any of the factors here? (Explain the points on the slide as you feel appropriate. Ask participants to relate any observations of these factors in their clubs, or in clubs that they have visited, if they feel they want to.) (Mouse click) But the most common factor that has gone wrong in many of our clubs is that the fun has gone out of our meetings and activities. We are all volunteers and, if we are to continue to give our spare time to our Lions activities, we must enjoy what we are doing. Is this your Lions Club? (Mouse click)
(Slide animation runs automatically. Read each line as it comes up.) My fellow Lions, far too many of our Lions Clubs are in this situation, and therefore are unable to “fire on all cylinders”. But what can we do about it?
We really have to bridge that gap, and get all our members involved in what we are doing. If all our members are active, then we will have far more success with our events, and we will have more fun and fellowship. Our existing members will be happier with what we are doing, and potential new members will view us as a happy, successful family. A family that they would wish to join.
But, in order to get all members active and involved, we have to look at our club, and see what needs to be done. If our club is on the left of that thick black line, with too formal a structure, with long, boring meetings, with the same people running the club the whole time, and with a low level of activity, we are not going to be able to get more people involved. What we need to do is to have an active, fun club, with good new ideas being explored in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Above all, we should have a good team spirit. So we need our clubs to be on the right hand side of that thick black line. But how do we get there?!?
Having answered the first of our three questions in the management of change, namely “Where are we now?”, we turn to the second question, “Where do we want to be?”
First, it pays to for each of us to remember why we joined Lions in the first place. If you ask a room-full of Lions why they joined, for the vast majority, it will be one of, or a combination of, these three reasons ............. (read the three reasons, expanding as necessary). (If there is time, ask participants to stand, read out each of the reasons in turn, and after each one, ask those who joined for that reason to sit down. Having completed all three, there will probably be some still standing. Ask each of them to explain why they joined.) Surely, what we need to ensure is that our Lions Clubs are still providing these elements to existing members, and offering them to prospective members. How can we give “member satisfaction” otherwise.
But, in many Clubs, if we are to continue to provide members with the satisfaction they need, we need to raise our game. (mouse click) We need to make sure our Clubs and our activities are:- (mouse click) Relevant – that is, we must be carrying out activities and events that are needed by our communities, and are what our members want to do. (mouse click) Active – we must have plenty going on in our clubs, and we must get all members involved (mouse click) Inspirational – our meetings and activities must be such that they inspire our members to come back again and again, and be fully involved in all aspects of club life. (mouse click) Successful – of course we want all our activities to be successful, and most are. In all walks of life, nothing breeds success like success, and Lions Clubs are no exception. (mouse click) Enjoyable – and as we have said before, we are all volunteers, giving of our spare time. We deserve to enjoy our Lions activities. If we don’t, we will not do them for much longer.
So we have thought about were we are now, and had a broad look at where we want to be. However, the 64,000 dollar question is “How do we get there”
What we need in order to achieve the growth and the forward momentum that will lead our clubs to a bright future is threefold. We need a stream of good, new ideas that we can work on and develop at the pace that suits us. This gives our members the chance to maintain their involvement and holds their interest. We need a strong and increasing membership of active, positive members, to make a success of our old and our new activities And we need a dynamic, successful local image that is going to keep moral high amongst our members, and attract more like-minded people in our communities. Any club that has these three elements is going to be attractive to existing members, and to potential new members, is going to be enjoyable for all, and is going to be a real credit to its community.
(Slide animation runs automatically) But ideas of themselves will not help us to get where we need to go. From those ideas, we need to create goals and plans, and then put those plans into action. During “My Ideal Club” Workshops, we will be looking at goal setting and action planning, to help in this process.
I said earlier that there is a need for change. If we are to get our clubs moving forward, so that we achieve what we are capable of, then change is inevitable. Why should this surprise us? After all, we live in a changing world, and to succeed, we have to change with it. If we do not change with it, if we attempt to stand still, then the world rushes past us, and we end up effectively going backwards.
The central facet of the programme will be a half-day workshop at which four representatives from each participating club will come together to examine the principals involved, and start some of the practical work. This workshop is key to the whole process. However, in order to make full, practical use of this workshop, the participants must have a knowledge and understanding of the views and opinions of all the members of there club, both on its current situation, and on where it might go in the future. And, of course, after the workshop, the club representatives will need to finish the planning work started at the workshop, and work within their club to put those plans into effect.
If your club agrees to be involved, it is strongly advised that you have a mentor from outside to help and assist before, during and after this workshop. Often we are too close to our own clubs to be sure of what is needed – sometimes we “cannot see the wood for the trees”. So the mentor will be a Lion of suitable experience and capability, who can provide an independent eye when necessary, and assist in any aspects of the programme that are not entirely clear to us. With the help of that mentor, your club members are asked to completed the Club Evaluation Questionnaire, and your club leaders and the mentor are asked to summarised the views and opinions expressed in those questionnaires. Thus, your club representatives will come to the workshop knowing your view and opinions.
At the workshop, we will be examining and discussing what the phrase “My Ideal Club” means to each of us. We will be looking at the questionnaires to determine the “health” of our individual clubs, and we will be discussing how we can find out from the community what it needs, and what members in the community think of our Lions Clubs. We will look at resources available from LCI and locally. And most importantly, we will be practicing how to set goals and devise action plans to achieve those goals. We also need to discuss what to do after the workshop to make use of what we have learned so far, and we need to arrange the necessary follow-up meeting or actions to monitor and assist the progress of the whole process.
After the workshop, each club can really get down to work on building its future in accordance with its own assessment of what it want to achieve, and can begin to move towards its own “Ideal Club” status. Go through bullet points on the slide – be as motivational as possible.
Slide animation runs automatically. Read and comment on each line as it comes up. My fellow Lions, YOUR CLUB, AND YOUR COMMUNITY, NEEDS YOU! Without your input and impetus, your club’s future may not be as bright as it might be. I do hope you will agree as a club to be involved in “My Ideal Club” Workshop programme.
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<ul><li>“ My Ideal Club” Workshop </li></ul>Club Excellence Process Version 1
“ My Ideal Club” Workshop <ul><li>… to empower our clubs </li></ul><ul><li>to look to the future </li></ul><ul><li>to build for improved community service </li></ul><ul><li>to achieve greater fun and fellowship </li></ul>For Clubs of all sizes and strengths
<ul><li>Proud past </li></ul><ul><li>Present success </li></ul><ul><li>Bright future </li></ul>NEED FOR CHANGE “ My Ideal Club” Workshop
<ul><li>Where are we now? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do we want to be? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we get there? </li></ul>The Management of Change Change can be !? SCARY ?!
<ul><li>Average club size in MD105 now just 20 </li></ul><ul><li>48% of members leave within 3 years </li></ul><ul><li>Ageing membership in many clubs </li></ul>The Trends We Face
<ul><li>Time / style / length of meetings? </li></ul><ul><li>Not enough / inappropriate service projects? </li></ul><ul><li>Too much emphasis on fundraising? </li></ul><ul><li>No contact with youth? </li></ul><ul><li>Long term club officers / Directors rule? </li></ul><ul><li>Not enough / poor social activities? </li></ul><ul><li>No involvement / nobody cares! </li></ul>What’s Gone Wrong? NO FUN
20% Help it happen 20% Don’t know it’s happened 50% Watch it happen 10% Make it happen Is This Your Lions Club?
20% Help it happen 20% Don’t know it’s happen 50% Watch it happen 10% Make it Happen Involve ALL your members Bridge This Gap
BARRIER Which Is My Lions Club ? Static Active 1 Formal structure Good team spirit 2 Long meetings 3 Long-term officers 4 Poor activities Relaxed & exploring Fun & fellowship Generating ideas
Where Do We Want To Be? “ My Ideal Club” Workshop
<ul><li>To serve the community </li></ul><ul><li>For fun and fellowship </li></ul><ul><li>For self-fulfilment </li></ul>Reasons for Joining Lions
<ul><li>We need to RAISE our game </li></ul>The Future of YOUR Lions Club <ul><li>To make our Clubs:- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>R elevant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A ctive </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I nspirational </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>S uccessful </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E njoyable </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
How Do We Get There? “ My Ideal Club” Workshop
<ul><li>Good new ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Strong and increasing membership </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic, successful local image </li></ul>What We Need to Succeed
Global Membership Team Lions in action . Create your ideas, make plans, then PUT THEM INTO ACTION
The Need for Change “ If we stand still, we go backwards”
Three phases:- “ My Ideal Club” Workshop <ul><li>Before the workshop – preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Half-day workshop – key in the process </li></ul><ul><li>After the workshop – implementation </li></ul>
Before the workshop “ My Ideal Club” Workshop <ul><li>Mentors appointed </li></ul><ul><li>Club evaluation questionnaires </li></ul><ul><li>Summary of members’ views </li></ul>
<ul><li>Workshop Agenda </li></ul>“ My Ideal Club” Workshop <ul><li>Determine what “my ideal club” means </li></ul><ul><li>Examine your club’s health </li></ul><ul><li>Identify community needs </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss resources available </li></ul><ul><li>Goal setting and action plans </li></ul><ul><li>Arrange follow-up </li></ul>
After the workshop <ul><li>Clubs consider community needs </li></ul><ul><li>Clubs set goals and action plans </li></ul><ul><li>Mentors assist as necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Further meetings as required </li></ul><ul><li>Clubs carry out action plans </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone celebrates success </li></ul>“ My Ideal Club” Workshop
Your Club Needs YOU “ My Ideal Club” But it won’t happen without the involvement of ALL members! Want a bright future for your club? Are you prepared to be involved? What can YOU do to help?