Jennifer Gilbert Gebhardt 2012-12-11 00:29:08
Win the Race to Excellence Sometimes being a Lion feels like you’re a driver in an auto race, going at top speed to reach the finish line of a service project, event or meeting. But a key part of many auto races is a pit stop—a time when a car pulls off the track to refuel and receive maintenance to make sure it will continue at its best for the rest of the race. Lions can get caught up in busy schedules and heavy workloads, but “it’s necessary to take some time to reflect, review and refocus,” stresses International President Wayne A. Madden. That’s why this auto race fan developed the pit stop program for Lions to follow throughout the year. Start Your Engines Taking a pit stop is easy to do by using checklists provided by LCI. Each quarterly checklist is divided into three areas: service, membership/public relations and operations. “The specific items give busy Lions an easy-to-follow guide of what is most important each quarter. And by working a quarter or two ahead, a club can have a more organized and productive year,” says Karen Sell, District 21B governor and a Tucson Downtown Lion in Arizona. Set the Pace No time to add a pit stop to an already packed schedule? You may have more time for it than your realize. “A good board meeting probably already looks a lot like a pit stop with each board member or chairperson reporting on their area of interest,” points out Sell. Completing pit stops will ultimately save valuable time and help clubs stay organized and focused. Stay On Track “What we measure is what gets done,” says Sell. “If a club takes the time to measure its results through a pit stop, they’re going to accomplish more of what they want to do. There’s less opportunity to get off track, to fail to meet those important interim goals that lead to success.” Taking this vital time to review and look ahead helps clubs monitor progress, take stock in achievements and get energized to move forward. “Take pride in your accomplishments but also assess how your club can do better,” says Madden. Get In Pole Position Doing something as simple as taking pit stops may have some unexpected positive side effects for your membership. “Having that scheduled time to review gives all Lions a voice in running the club. Empowered Lions who feel like they have some control over the club is a very powerful retention tool,” says Sell. And a strong, happy membership naturally attracts new members. “By demonstrating to potential members that the club is well run, with many members having an active voice and responsibility, clubs give themselves a better chance to grow,” explains Sell. Wave the Checkered Flag When the end of the year rolls around, Lions can examine how the pit stop process assisted with club goals, strengthened membership and will continue to help with moving forward. There might be a Club Excellence Award at the finish line too. But another important result, Sell notes, is that clubs will “have more of an impact, meet more needs and become a more relevant force in their community.” Are you ready to rev your engines? It’s time for the third pit stop of the year. Find the club and district checklists at www.lionsclubs.org (search for “Pit Stop”).
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