2015-16 CLUB PRESIDENT AWARD Just like the demoiselle cranes that inspire International President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada by flying thousands of miles together using teamwork to give loft to their wings, club presidents can find inspiration, too, by working with their membership to achieve club success. The Seven Keys to Success are designed to bring about positive change in clubs by motivating members through strong leadership. Current club presidents are eligible for the 2015-16 Club President Award by adapting the “Seven Keys” strategy to encourage and guide Lions. These keys are crucial to club achievement as a whole. By visiting lionsclubs.org and searching for “Seven Keys,” club presidents will be able to find the tools to not only receive Dr. Yamada’s specially-designed award, but also to increase both membership and member satisfaction. In addition to finding guidelines for accessing each of the seven keys, club presidents will also find an online application for the award for submission to their district governors. Dr. Yamada’s theme is rooted in dignity, harmony and humanity. “Peace, hope, determination, teamwork and uniting people through service are central elements of my presidential theme,” he says. In order to find success, “the demoiselle crane depends upon the cooperation and harmony of every other member of the flock.” Club presidents, too, can use teamwork and vision to reach their goals. The Seven Keys to Success are: 1). To increase the value of being a member, host a New Member Orientation. This is a club’s foremost opportunity to welcome a new Lion. Introduce new members, help explain club traditions and explore fun ways to incorporate a new Lion’s ideas into club activities and projects. New members may know little about the history of Lions Clubs International, but they do know that they want to serve their communities in meaningful ways. 2). To be a club of which members can be proud, conduct a “How are your Ratings?” survey. Self-awareness is as critical for clubs as it is for individuals. Evaluating how your club is doing is an essential part of growth. If members don’t feel like they’re part of a valuable resource, they’ll leave. Things change, but every club needs to know what it’s getting right—and what could be improved—to move forward as a unified group of Lions who are committed to their community. 3). To hold high quality service projects, conduct a Community Needs Assessment in order to evaluate how Lions can best serve their communities. A service assessment will lead the way to finding projects that will best suit your community. There’s often a gap between what could be done and what should be done—and Lions very often step in to fill that gap. Rely on members of the community who also work there. Firefighters, police officers, social workers, teachers, nurses, library and church personnel often work in tangent with Lions to identify those who need help. 4). To serve with family members, host a service project that includes them. Children love to help—and families working together for the benefit of others is a teachable moment for kids of all ages. Make it fun. Encourage children, parents, spouses, cousins, friends and neighbors to join you in an activity that will show how Lions help others—make sandwiches for the homeless, sponsor a food pantry collection, clean up a park or rehab a playground. 5). To increase the number of female and/or younger members, sponsor them or consider chartering a new Lions club that includes women and younger members. Several Lions clubs have hosted high tea parties to encourage women to learn what Lions do and how they have fun serving their communities. Being creative pays off. Women attendees joined afterward. 6). To be a leader in your community and club, take two or more courses or seminars offered online from the Lions Learning Center or offered by your district, multiple district and constitutional areas, or those available at international conventions and forums. Participation in webinars or in- person learning sessions equally qualify as learning opportunities. Either way a club president learns new skills, leadership thrives. 7). To think in dynamic new ways, conduct Your Club, Your Way, Blueprint for a Stronger Club or the Club Quality Initiative focusing on the Club Excellence Process (CEP) to identify and implement positive new changes in your Lions club. The Initiative is a fun and interactive way to understand how your club comes together as a whole to work together as a community resource. If club presidents develop new strategies to serve membership or their communities, let us know on the award application form. Do a little “blue sky thinking.” The sky—where the demoiselle cranes soar in “V” formation—is also the limit when it comes to ideas on how to achieve club success. Upon completion of the “Seven Keys” criteria, club presidents may submit the completed application form available from the LCI website to their district governor or zone chairperson. A district governor who determines that each of the seven criteria is met then orders the award. Applications should be submitted to the District and Club Administration Division at headquarters no later than June 30, 2016, to qualify for this attractive award that recognizes a club president’s leadership excellence. There’s no mystery to unlocking the Seven Keys to Success. Each club president has an opportunity to embrace positive change to better their clubs and communities by using these free online tools. The award criteria is structured to encourage greater leadership skills and to promote club growth and member satisfaction. Visit lionsclubs.org to learn more and find the application form. One of the Seven Keys to Success is hosting service projects that include family members. In Minnesota, District 5M 6 Lions, Lionesses and Leos gathered together 250 volunteers, including members of their own families, to pack nonperishables for Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit organization that delivers meals around the world.
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