Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” Unfortunately, as I visit with clubs, the attitude of optimism has been overtaken by a spirit of gloom, doom and despair. The confidence that was abounding at Charter Night has slowly eroded away.
If we are to learn to roar again, we must focus on Continue reading
Almost daily we learn of someone who has had a major surgery or illness. In most cases, they will be able return to their normal walk of life after a period of rest and rehabilitation. Some of these people we know have had illness which required them to relearn basic skills, such as speech, feeding themselves or walking. With a dogged determination, Continue reading
A club which is exploring adopting a Family Club Concept may need to alter its service projects. Yesterday we looked at some traits of service projects which may not work with the Family Club Concept. Today, Let’s explore some project traits that may work.
As Lions Clubs across Alabama begin to evaluate the services that they provide, as well as, the number of volunteers available to serve, it becomes evident that the younger members that we seek are often consumed with parenting responsibilities. The question then becomes, “How can the Lions Club become more attractive to these already busy community leaders?”
Once a Family Club Exploration Committee is appointed, they must begin to investigate what changes would be necessary to adopt a family meeting concept. The first, and most noticeable change will most likely be within the area of club meetings.
Club meetings will need to be altered so that they offer a hospitable environment for family participation, while maintaining an acceptable level of productivity. For Example:
When driving down the road, prior to the invent of satellite radio, ever long trip involved finding a new station, when the static was louder than the music. Of course, the challenge of finding a new station, when riding in the car with several people, maybe why the driver chose to listen to static until instructed to “Change the station,” by some backseat occupant, who had been awaken by the noise.
Sound familiar? It should. Lions Clubs across Alabama are on auto-pilot. It is easier to just keep doing the same thing, Continue reading
Sunday ideas are usually applicable to your local house of worship, as well as, your LIONS Club. Please feel free to share this blog with your church leaders, as we strive to build a base of community leaders, who have the heart of a servant.
As we have evolved over the last 97 years, Lions have grown not only numerically, but also in our scope of service and our diversity of membership. As we continue our transformation into a service organization that meets the needs the community, as well as our membership, we must consider the issues which prevent potential members from joining our cause and fully participating in club projects and activities.
As I travel to clubs in Alabama, I continue to hear that “young people” don’t care about community service. This is not true! Who is involved Continue reading
The running joke is that men love to change the television channel during each commercial. Often, we land back at the same place we started. However, there are times that we find something which is more entertaining and never return to original channel. For a second, let’s think about how that the delivery of entertainment has changed over our lifetime (in my case 54 years).
Often when we read of a Lions Club leaving a legacy, we think of a service project which resulted in a permanent structure or monument. Lions have built parks, libraries, stadiums, hiking trails and more. When properly marked a Lions Club will be remembered for its lasting contribution.
However, the real legacy is building a membership which will continue the dream of service, long after the charter members are gone.
Members who have seen the difference they have made in their club begin to look around for other opportunities to serve. The LIONS Clubs provides the forum of members to learn skills which can be transferred to their personal and professional life. These skills are learned Continue reading