“My club, My family.”

As Lions, we are part of a different kind of family. Our family doesn’t require biological relation to one another.We are family because we share a common belief that by working together we can accomplish great things and change the world through service.
It is important thatwe value our clubmembers as family. The strength of our organization, our family, lies with our clubs, and our members form the basis of our clubs. By keeping members involved, instilling pride and treating themwithmutual respect aswewould our own family, our clubs will be successful. Our philosophy should be “my club, my family.”

To build a club with members that support and encourage one
another is to build relationships, provide a sense of worth,
mobilize participation and bestow care. As a Lions family with a
mutual belief in service, this means getting to know each other’s
interests, abilities and passions and implementing them for
service. Challenge your club to take on new service projects.
And spend more time SERVING than MEETING.
By welcoming more members into our network of hope, we
spread the belief in the value of giving back. That one person
can make a difference. That one person can help change the
world even more than imagined. Give others this opportunity.
Give others the opportunity to be a part of your Lions family.
But don’t stop there. Successful invitation into the Lions family
combines several elements, none more important than the
other, including:
• Effective orientation
• Member involvement from day one
• Club leaders who listen more, and speak less
• Nurturing lasting bonds through community service
• Treating each other like family
To help ensure each new member feels like family, use the
Welcoming New Members Pocket Card (TAM101) checklist, or
draft your own. Lions Clubs International also offers the
programs and tools below to help your club be more like family.
Each are available for download on our Web site.
The Family Membership Program encourages families to
volunteer together by offering a special dues structure to family
members and programs to include children and adolescents in
club activities and service. By inviting your biological family
members living in your household to join Lions, your club will
begin to feel more like a family unit.
 Family Membership Brochure (MPFM-8)
 Family Friendly Lions Club Concept “How to Guide”
 Family Unit Certification Form (TK-30)
The Cub Program helps support family-friendly clubs by
encouraging clubs to involve children under age 12 in Lions
activities. Lions clubs that implement a Cub Program are
encouraged to shape Cub activities to fit the lifestyles and
needs of the Cubs, Lion members and families involved.
 Lions Family Cub Program Activity Guide
 Family Cub Program Activities (MPFM-34)
 Cub Brochure (MPFM-37)
 Cub Patches
• Level I: Under age 3 (CP-001)
• Level II: Age 4-7 (CP-002)
• Level III: Age 8-12 (CP-003)
Leo clubs afford young people a unique opportunity to
serve their community. Leo clubs can be school-based, or
community-based. Both bring a fresh approach to service
and represent the next generation of Lions. Help your club grow
as a family by sponsoring a Leo club. Leos are the future of our
family, and therefore they form a vital branch of our family tree.
 Alpha Leo Club Organization Kit (Kit 830-A)
 Omega Leo Club Organization Kit (Kit 830-O)
The Leo to Lion Program encourages Leos to continue
serving by offering a dues discount to former Leos
becoming a Lion. As Leos in your area become of age,
encourage them to join your club as a Leo Lion or start a
club branch.
 Leo to Lion Guide (LL-1)
 Leo to Lion Certification and Years of Service
Transfer Form (LL-2)
Orientation, mentoring and retention are key elements to
strengthening membership and making each member of the
club feel like part of the family. Member orientation provides new
members with the information they need to get started as a
Lion. The Lions Mentoring Program teams a knowledgeable
Lion mentor with a new Lion. The mentor’s role is to acquaint
the member with Lions Clubs International, encourage club
involvement, develop their leadership skills and offer guidance
for holding a club position. Membership retention programs
keep members engaged with a focus on participation in service
projects, club cooperation, member morale and enhanced
 Orientation Guide (ME-13)
 Basic Mentoring Program (MTR-11)
 Advanced Mentoring Program (MTR-12)
 Focus on Working Together (PRC-2)
 Focus on Meetings (PRC-3)
 Focus on Club Dynamics (PRC-4)
 Focus on Involvement (PRC-5)
The Club Excellence Process (CEP) is a workshop
dedicated to club improvement by examining the needs of
the community and membership experience, followed by
setting goals. Working together as a club through this
process, members collectively find solutions to serve
successfully and develop a family atmosphere.
 CEP Facilitator Guide (CEP-1)
 CEP Participant Workbook (CEP-2)


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