As the dog days of summer give way to autumn, I encourage the Lions of 24-A to plan ahead for two important fall activities.
October is Membership Month and it’s not to early to focus on the two equally important pillars of membership: recruitment and retention. As many of you know, I am not one to focus on numbers. We want members in our Clubs who are excited and invested in improving our organization and providing the maximum amount of service to our communities.
The best way to reach these quality members is to provide a variety of service activities to participate in and advertise those projects. If your Club is small, reach out to neighboring Lions and Leo Clubs to see where you can pool resources. Partner with other groups in your town. I challenge every member to Just Ask! one person over the next few weeks to help with our service activities and become a Lion.
Electronic communication in the digital age is vitally important. Your District is here to support you through the 24-A Facebook page and web site. To attract members it is important to keep your Club web sites fresh and up to date. If you do a service project or fund raiser, be sure to post photos to your facebook page. Don’t forget member satisfaction is key to keeping your club healthy and strong. Use District and Lions Clubs International resources to create a Lions Club experience your members will want to tell their family and friends about! The Club Excellence Process is a great way to check the pulse of your Club. Reach out to your District 24-A management team if you need assistance with any Club issues.
The Fall Conference is just around the corner on October 17-18. Our break-out sessions will have dynamic facilitators. We will explore how our clubs can have an impact on the most important challenges of our day from cutting edge eye and hearing research to climate change and hunger alleviation initiatives. You will learn how you can participate in all the new District 24-A Service activities including Home of the Holidays and Bull Run Clean up. We are thrilled to have Immediate Past International President Barry Palmer as our key note speaker. I can attest that Aussie Barry Palmer is a dynamic speaker and an inspirational Lion Leader.
Especially encourage new members of your Club to attend as much of the conference as possible. There is no better way to see the depth and breadth of Lions activities than at a Lions conference. As a special treat, IPIP Palmer will be inducting new members. And of course, there is no better way to connect with new Lions and celebrate long time Lions friendships than at a festive conference. The conference will be held at Sheraton Reston Hotel (reservations phone 1-703-620-9000 before September 30 – ask for special room rate for District 24 A Lions Fall Conference.), 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston VA 20191. Please note registration information and checks need to be sent in by October 10.