Barry J. Palmer 2014-01-15 10:05:04
The Family That Volunteers Together … A close-knit town of 1,500, Colebrook in Connecticut has a low crime rate, highly ranked public schools and a Lions club that dreams of more members and more service. Members recently met at a YMCA camp to plot their future. They tossed around a lot of good ideas. “What motivates people to serve is their kids,” Ray Winn, a Lion for 27 years, told the Register Citizen. Brad Bremer insisted that the club should capitalize on the “brand recognition” of Lions. Shari Gray argued that the public needs to see the club as “a well-oiled machine.” By the end of the day the members established new committees for membership, communications and agenda and left with a renewed purpose to grow the club. Lions, what is your dream for your club? What programs and projects will attract members of all ages and both sexes? April is Family and Friends Month for Lions. Invite family and friends to learn, serve and celebrate with your club. Organize a service project such as a tree planting or book drive, host an open house or throw a picnic. Be part of the Lions World Lunch Relay on April 4. Schedule a lunch that day as a way to connect your family and friends with family and friends of Lions worldwide. Register your event with Lions Clubs International and enter Lunch Relay contests for the most participants, best theme and biggest food drive. The entry form and more information are at www.lionsclubs.org. Volunteering together as a family is tremendously rewarding. Studies show that it passes on family values to children, helps children pick a path in life, develops new skills for both children and adults and increases interpersonal communication and the problemsolving abilities of family members. Remember that family members can receive a special dues discount when joining the same club. Throughout the year, clubs need to improve the club experience to attract and retain members. Our own research has shown that Lions remain Lions because they enjoy the experience. They like the service the club does and feel comfortable within the club. Don’t wait. Dream a membership goal and devise an action plan that works for your club. The roar you hear will be your club’s. Barry J. Palmer Your Lions Clubs International President
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