I am writing to first, inform you of the new Leadership programs that are being rolled out in District 31-F and the other districts in NC, and second, to call on you as a district leader to support and become engage in our Leadership goals.
District 31-F and I, as District Leadership Coordinator, have been charged with the responsibility for accomplishing several goals. I feel these to be crucial to our long term success as an organization dedicated to serving others. My responsibility for many of these is identifying and equipping Lions in our district to serve as leaders and facilitators. At first brush the following list may seem overwhelming and at times I have had that feeling. Like most things, however, if taken one at a time, they aren’t all that overpowering. Ultimately, accomplishing these will make our district and clubs stronger and in turn put in place the basics for improving our organization. Implementation will ultimately be the responsibility of the Global Membership and Global Leadership teams which includes the DG, 1stVDG, 2nVDG, District Membership Coordinator and myself, but you are the most vital link to our success. In a nutshell, the District’s Leadership Initiatives include:
1. Training Certified Guiding Lions:
One of the top priorities in our District should be developing new clubs. Starting a new club begins with recruiting persons interested in being in a new Lions Club. But it is much more than that. For a new club to succeed there must be Lion Leaders available to guide and mentor the new Lions who have chartered the club. These persons are called Certified Guiding Lions (CGL). If either you or someone you know would be willing to take on the responsibility of being a Certified Guiding Lion for a newly organized club in our district, please let me know. I would like to have at least one person in each zone we can train and certify to support our plans to charter new clubs.
2. Training Facilitators for CEP:
The other top priority for our District is getting the Club Excellence Process up and running. I am looking for persons who might be interested in serving as a facilitator in this process. Please let me know if you have an interest or would like to recommend someone who will guide a club through the Club Excellence Process. There will be a “how to” webinar on the CEP on Monday, November 17 at 6:30pm Eastern for any potential facilitators for CEP. Please feel free to register for this webinar. After attending the webinar you can decide if you would like to serve as a CEP facilitator. Here is the link to sign up for the webinar.
3. Zone Chair Meet-up:
Zone Chairs are vital to our District’s only purpose: “Support and Building Great Clubs!” The success of our District is directly tied to the performance of our Zone Chairs. Too often, Zone Chairs are left to believe that quarterly zone meetings is their only responsibility. We want a chance to inspire our zone chairs to really become the club coaches they are intended to be. We are holding a special webinar just for zone chairs on Monday, November 28 at 6:30pm Eastern. I am encouraging and requesting all of our District’s Zone Chairs to take part in this webinar. Our District is sure to benefit. Here is the link for our zone chairs:
4. Identifying Leaders:
We need to make sure that current and future leaders are identified and utilized. One of the fastest ways for clubs and districts to fail is to have no one step up and accept the role of leader. How do we correct this? One way to begin is by having current and past leaders identify those persons they know who can be the future Lion leaders. I am asking you as an officer in our district to do just that. Simply let me know the names of persons who have the potential to be a Lion leader. Another way you can help is for to encourage and mentor persons you believe can be good leaders. Many of the leaders in our clubs and districts, including you and me, would never have stepped up had it not been for the gentle push and encouragement of another leader. No matter what your position, you can be that individual.
5. Documenting our Leaders:
As I hope you have heard, LCI has started a Leadership Profile database. We would love for you to get your own profile started now! An online form to use to do this can be accessed from the following webpage. Start by entering your own profile. Then encourage other leaders and potential leaders in your District to do so likewise. This database will then be available to District Governor Teams and others as they select future leaders to serve our Districts. Here is the link:
I look forward to receiving your input and suggestions. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.
Yours in Lionism,