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Engaging Women and Families in the Future of Lions. Lions Clubs International Convention July 7, 2013 Hamburg, Germany. History of Women & Family in Lions. History of Women & Family in Lions. 1917: Lions Clubs International was founded. 1975: The Lioness Program began.

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Engaging women and families in the future of lions

Engaging Women and Families in the Future of Lions

Lions Clubs International Convention

July 7, 2013

Hamburg, Germany



History of women family in lions1
History of Women & Family in Lions

  • 1917: Lions Clubs International was founded.

  • 1975: The Lioness Program began.

  • 1987: Women were approved for Lions membership.

    • LCI was the first service club organization to admit women.

  • 2003: The women’s initiative began.

    • Women made up 14% of members and 9% of DGs.

    • Worldwide Women’s Workshop took place; results:

      • Adopted gender neutral language.

      • Developed the symposium program.

      • Introduced the women’s membership development and participation chairperson position.


  • History of women family in lions2
    History of Women & Family in Lions

    • 2006: LCI added a family focus on family involvement to the women’s chairperson position (renamed family and women’s chairperson).

    • 2007: The Family Membership Program dues rate began.

    • 2010: Lions Family Cub Program was developed to encourage families to volunteer together.

      • The Cub Program gives children the opportunity build a lifelong dedication to helping those in need.

      • Cubs are divided into three age categories:

        • Level I: Under age 3

        • Level II: Age 4-7

        • Level III: Age 8-12


    History of women family in lions3
    History of Women & Family in Lions

    • 2010-11: Regional Women’s Workshops took place to gain regional ideas for growing women, family and young adult membership in Lions

      • Europe: May 2010

      • Japan: November 2010

      • Latin America: January 2011

      • Australia: September 2011

    • 2011-12: Past International President Tam developed the Women’s & Family Membership Development Task Force.

    • 2012-13: International President Madden continued the Task Force.


    Membership
    Membership

    • Women’s Membership = 335,226 (25%)

    • Family Membership = 238,508 (18%)

    • Total Membership = 1,371,406

      As of June 30, 2013



    Family membership growth worldwide
    Family Membership Growth Worldwide

    • Family membership in Lions continues to grow




    International initiative recommendations
    International Initiative Recommendations

    • Service:

      • Promote service initiatives that interest women

  • Membership

    • Share membership statistics (“the facts”) and success stories.

    • Commission areas to hold a women/family symposium

    • Require DG’s to set women’s membership goals

    • Develop messaging to encourage Lionesses conversion

    • Encourage GMT to appoint women’s specialists and reintroduce as a position tracked by LCI.

    • Communicate to area leaders the importance of women’s participation and encourage mentoring women and younger members and giving them a voice.

    • Communicate to the GMT/GLT to start new clubs if existing clubs are reluctant to accept women


  • Progress
    Progress

    Service:

    • Revising the I Am a Lion brochure to focus on service projects that interest women

      Membership:

    • Developing a History of Women in Lions

    • Held women’s/family seminars at all area forums

    • At a record high of Family & Women’s Symposiums held the last two fiscal years

    • Developed the Regional Women’s Workshop Program

    • Developed the Family & Women’s Specialist Guide

    • Focusing on reaching GMT/GLT leaders about the importance of women and family involvement




    Why lionesses
    Why Lionesses?

    Lionesses have:

    • Experience

    • Commitment

    • A reputation for setting goals

    • A reputation for accomplishing goals

      Lionesses embrace:

    • Community service

    • Teamwork

    • Hard work

    Lionesses value putting others first!


    Bringing lionesses into the family guide
    Bringing Lionesses into the Family Guide

    • Inside:

      • Understanding Lionesses

      • Tips:

        • Know your LCI history

        • Become familiar with the Lioness Bridge Program

        • Understand your local community

        • Promote change as needed

      • Messaging

        • We need you!

        • Being a Lion opens new opportunities

        • Your commitment is fully recognized

        • There are membership options to fit your needs




    Family women s specialist responsibilities
    Family & Women’s Specialist Responsibilities

    • Oversee the recruitment of women and family members

    • Establish goals & action plans

    • Take direction & guidance from the district GMT coordinator and DG

    • Assist clubs in establishing goals

    • Develop service projects of interest to women and families

    • Plan & conduct a symposium or family involvement event

    • Work with GLT to promote leadership training programs

      *Check out the Family & Women’s Specialist Guide (GMT-701)




    Why women leaders
    Why Women Leaders

    Use the inherent quality of women who are wired differently than men

    22


    Why women leaders1
    Why Women Leaders

    • They possess the soft skills required to lead in todays world.

    22


    Why women leaders2
    Why Women Leaders

    • They advocate women’s and family needs and interests.

      • Women are most moved by programs aimed at improving the lot of women and children

    22


    Why women leaders3
    Why Women Leaders

    • To inspire other women Lions

    22


    Why women leaders4
    Why Women Leaders

    • To inspire non-Lion women

      • Personal referrals work best with women

      • Women attract women

    22


    Why women leaders5
    Why Women Leaders

    • The ripple effect

    22


    Why women leaders6
    Why Women Leaders

    Let us make our organization one where women leadership thrives!

    22



    Family women symposium program
    Family & Women Symposium Program

    Symposium purposes:

    • Identify new projects

    • Identify new members

    • Promote Lions clubs

    • Charter a new club

      Funding:

    • Up to US$2,000 per symposium

      • Typically approved for US$500-US$1,000

      • An area may not receive funding two consecutive years

    • Up to US$4,000 per constitutional area per fiscal year


    Regional women s workshop grant program
    Regional Women’s Workshop Grant Program

    Workshop Purposes:

    • Explore factors surrounding recruitment and retention

    • Devise local strategies

    • Create action plans

      Funding:

    • Up to US$2,000 per symposium

      • Typically approved for US$500-US$1,000

      • An area may not receive funding two consecutive years

    • Up to US$4,000 per constitutional area per fiscal year



    Germany s 5 000 women1
    Germany’s 5.000 Women

    How can we attract women to join Lions?

    • PR for MD, District and Club

    • Networking – Social Media


    Germany s 5 000 women2
    Germany’s 5.000 Women

    „More women to Lions!“

    Workshop for MD, Districts and Clubs

    • Who are they?

    • Where do we find them?

    • How can we attract them?

    • What support is needed?

    • Do we have to change?


    Germany s 5 000 women3
    Germany’s 5.000 Women

    • Women motivate women !

    • Women support women !

    • Formula for success



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