Teamwork Scores Membership Gain


Since July 1, 2014, all three districts in Alabama have chartered at least one new club. District 34B kicked off the extension effort just prior to July, 2014 in Helena. District 34C, responded in kind, by forming a new club in Daphne. Coming to the party a little late, District 34A has roared throughout the district and formed 3 new clubs, Trinity, Hartselle and The University of North Alabama.

Additionally, the Guntersville Lions Club has partnered with Snead State Community College, a two year junior college in Boaz. The partnership resulted from the club inviting the College President to be the guest speaker at one of their club meetings. During the presentation, the President expressed his desire to see students engaged in “Service Learning”.

“Service Learning” triggered the club’s interest. Shortly thereafter, the Global Membership Team proposed the “Lions Club Intern” program. When these two concepts collided, the Guntersville met with the College leadership to propose a long term partnership which would benefit all concerned. After a presentation to 25 students, which explained the benefits of being a member of the World’s Largest Service Organization, four students immediately joined the Guntersville Club as the “Charter Interns.” Since that time, two other students have decided to commit to the being interns.

When new Charter members, Charter Interns and club membership growth are combined, the Lions of Alabama experience growth. In fact, 34A and 34C have positive membership growth as of the writing of this article.


Often the question is posed, “What can I do to help?” One thing that separates Lions from other service clubs is that we allow our members to decide the level of commitment that can be made to club meetings and service projects. Therefore the only person that can answer the question is each individual Lion.

  • If you choose to contribute only on a club level, you can help by inviting others to join your club, or you may join the club membership growth committee.


  • If you have more time to give, you could join an extension team, which works about 1 week in a nearby community to charter a new club.


  • If you can commit to meet with a club, at each of its meetings for two years, you may want to be a Guiding Lion to a newly chartered club.


  • In addition to these opportunities to serve on a team, there are positions on the Alabama Global Membership Team for Lions who want to develop membership programs; speak at State, District or Zone meetings; test new concepts at the club level; or travel to support membership growth efforts.

If you are interested on serving on a Membership Growth Team, please email Lion Jerome Thompson at

Hold The Pickles, Hold The Lettuce


The Burger King jingle, “Have It Your Way!” continues to be a familiar tune to many Lions, although it has not been actively used in advertisements for many years.

The service we provide continue to be a sweet aroma in the lives of those who have been the recipient of our efforts. If you ever doubt the your Lions Club is making a lasting impact, put on your Lions Vest or shirt and participate in a hands-on project.  Almost every time that I volunteer as a Lion, someone approaches me with their testimony of how the still remember a kind of act rendered at the hands of the Lions Club.

However, unfortunately, almost every time I engage in an act of service someone also recounts how they were once a member of the Lions Club.  With nearly 1.39 million members, we may be the largest service organization in the world.  However, I suspect that we have more former members than any other service organization in the world, also.

Lions Clubs International is fortunate to have a professional staff, who continues to publish information to assist clubs in the areas of membership satisfaction, membership growth and effective club meetings.

Just like every Whopper served by Burger King, Lions Clubs are uniquely individual.  Yes, the same recipe is used to charter clubs.  True, all Lions Clubs provide invaluable service. True, clubs should be customized to meet the needs of its members and community.

Your Club Your Way is the latest training information available to clubs.  Want to attract more members?  Want to retain those members who have joined your club?  Then take time to listen to your members when you ask them, “How would you like your Lions Club to function?”


97 Years and Growing Stronger


jones birthdayLions Clubs around the world continue to make history.  Whether your club is 97 years old or received its charter in the last few days, we all benefit from the rich history of service that LIONS Clubs International has provided for almost a century.

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Stuck In The Revolving Door?


I recall as a child stepping into the revolving door at a large department store.  Behind me was several people, who were in a hurry to get their shopping done and leave.  They pushed the door rather briskly, without a regard for who got pushed along.  Three revolutions later, Continue reading

The Clown Around Town Asking Some Strange Questions


The art of asking someone to join the LIONS Club has been perfected by few LIONS.  Although International President Joe Preston has promoted the slogan, “Just Ask One”, there has been no explanation as to how to ask.

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