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What advice would you give to a newly chartered club?
- Pamela Smith Masters: When recruiting new members, don’t worry about getting to a number–seek to connect with those who have a passion for the community and service.
- Darrell DW: Grow slow and smart. Pick one service project or program goal and do not start another one until your club can sufficiently handle it.
- Deidre Bridge: Keep building and attracting new people to join your journey and find projects that a relevant to your community needs right now. Get the community involved in setting and achieving your goals.
- Tammi Maitland Walker Graber: Plan your year ahead. Which service projects will you do and who will chair the projects. How will you raise funds? Find out what your members like to and plan your fundraising doing those things. Have FUN.
- Raymond Konkoleski: Never give up! Like a building, a strong club takes time to build. Charter Members are only the foundation. Don’t compare yourself to clubs that have been building for forty or fifty years. The only goal you need is to do more as a club and to be a better club than you were yesterday. The rest will take care of itself.
- Karen Armistead:Club Excellence Process is a great way of finding out what your community needs and how you as a club are best able to deliver.
- Peavy Michael: Remember also that to be able to recognize the needs in your communities you must have communication from within the community and vice versa. I am 40 yrs old and have been a member for about 4 years now. After attending Zone meetings, District and State conventions it has become apparent the lack of youth in our International organization. Reach out to your young businessman and women. They will lead you in the right direction!
- Yorktown Lions: 1) Your goal is to have a group of people who enjoy being with, and working with, each other; 2) work with a 12 month planning calendar ; 3) begin with a modest service project(s) that 1 or 2 members will champion ; 4) consider partnerships with scout troops, food pantries, veterans groups, hospitals, other Lions Clubs ; 5) think medium and long term: this is a marathon , not a sprint!
- Alec Owen: Survey each of your members as to what projects they are specifically interested in and excite them, then implement these into the club plan for the coming year. Most people I have talked to want “hands-on” activities that make them feel like they are contributing to a cause they are interested in. Also pick one District activity to get the club involved in – this enables members to meet other clubs and spawn even more ideas. Have fun and serve the community!
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