Training Resources Make a Difference “The success of clubs, districts and even Lions Clubs International depends on the volunteers who have taken on duties and responsibilities necessary for the well-being and successful management of their described tasks,” says Felice Lomangino of Multiple District 34 C in Alabama. Having served as a leader in many capacities including club president, zone chairperson, vice district governor and district governor, Lomangino knows from experience what it takes to be a leader. “It is important that Lions club officers have the knowledge and the resources to fulfill their defined responsibility with minimum pain and confusion,” he adds. Among the many tools in the online Leadership Resource Center (LRC) that are available to Lions, Lomangino finds that the Club Officer Orientation modules are invaluable for current and future officers. During a recent multiple district conference, he pointed out the numerous training tools available for club treasurers to encourage them to use resources that include self-study modules, training curriculum materials and interactive webinars—all specifically created for club secretaries and treasurers. For both new and experienced Lions, the “All About Lions” slide presentation is an all-encompassing, educational and entertaining resource that reviews LCI’s history, organization structure and service programs. Like all of the materials in the LRC, the presentation is available to Lions 24/7. The Leadership Resource Center is where Lions will also find training curriculum for the Regional Lions Leadership Institute program. Used at the multiple and single district level, this component builds the skills of Lions in preparation for leadership opportunities at the club level. Valuable materials include instructor guides, participant manuals, PowerPoint slides and other materials. Subjects range from motivating club members to public speaking and effective teamwork. Not only does the LRC contain materials for newer Lions, it also has training materials and resources for more experienced members, points out Elaine Fisher, manager of Electronic Learning. “More than one Lion has asked me how to best make use of the skills and experience of past district governors for the benefit of the district,” she says. “I recommend they conduct a training session at their multiple district convention for past district governors. To prepare for this session, I suggest downloading the slide presentation with speaking notes titled ‘Lead and Serve as Past District Governor.’ It can be found in the Training Materials section of the Leadership Resource Center and is easily adaptable for their own multiple districts.” When it comes to the availability of training resources, Past District Governor Dr. Charles Uhlman of Mahne Bay Nova Scotia agrees that Lions should visit the resource center to discover exciting new learning tools. “As a training facilitator for many years at the district, multiple district and international levels, I regularly refer Lions to the programs in the Leadership Resource Center. There’s an abundance of excellent training programs and materials to assist them in their understanding of LCI,” he says. For more information, contact LLC@lionsclubs.org or visit www.lionsclubs.org and search for “Leadership Resource Center.”
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