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CERTIFIED GUIDING LION PROGRAM

A Course for Success


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Certified Guiding Lion Program Objectives

  • Help the club determine its mission and purpose

  • Improve retention of members

  • Assimilate new club members into Lions

  • Improve relationship between sponsoring club and new club

  • Extend support system for longer period of time

  • Improve the knowledge of the Guiding Lion


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Why is Training Needed?

  • Better understand your role as a Guiding Lion

  • Develop a club officer training plan

  • Develop a Club Officer Mentor Team

  • Provide tools to help the new club officers manage

  • their club

  • Locate the resources available to you and the new club


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The Certified Guiding Lion may be the single most important factor to the success of a new club.But to be successful, the Guiding Lion must commit the time to conduct training, attend meetings and support the development of club officers (and potential club officers).


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  • Complete Course

  • Meet with DG or

  • District or Multiple District

  • GLT Coordinator

  • Send the completed

  • Completion Verification

  • Form and Test for

  • Certified Guiding Lions

  • to LCI Headquarters

  • LCI mails certificate to you

THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS



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After receiving certification Certified Guiding Lion must complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

  • Successfully complete this revised course

  • Submit Quarterly Reports

  • Attend New Club Meetings

  • No change in club officers without acceptable cause

  • New Club has a net membership growth

  • New Club Conducts Service & Fundraising Activities

  • New Club Participates in District Activities

  • New Club Officers and Members Visit Other Clubs

  • New Club Officers confirm that the Guiding Lion assisted with the

  • clubs development.

  • New Club Remains in Good Standing


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Certified Guiding Lion Program Design complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

  • Section One: Skills of a Successful Guiding Lion

  • Section Two: Getting off to a Good Start – Become and Information Expert

  • Section Three: Develop a Club Officer Mentor Team

  • Section Four: Design Club Officer Training

  • Section Five: Guiding Lion Resources

  • Can be taken as a correspondence course or with a group


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Course Workbook complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

By this time, you should have completed

the Certified Guiding Lion Workbook


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Pre-Assignment: complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

As part of the pre-assignment, you should have reviewed:

  • Leadership Resource Center – Club Officer Orientation

  • Club Resource Center

  • WMMR Site

  • Key Publications

    • Standard Form Constitution and Bylaws (LA-2)

    • Club Officers Manual (LA-15)

    • Orientation Guide (ME-13)

    • Charter Night Planning Guide (TK-26)

    • Club Membership Chairperson’s Manual (ME-44)

    • Making it Happen, Guide to Project Development (TK-10)

    • Community Needs Assessment (MK-9)

  • Local Materials


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Section One: Skills of a Successful Guiding Lion complete a successful two-year term, which includes:


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EXERCISE 1 complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

Page 6 The Certified Guiding Lion Workbook

Skills of a Successful Guiding Lion

Table Discussion:

What are the skills needed to be an effective Guiding Lion?

Which skills do you possess?

Which skills should you improve?

Discuss with your table and determine as a group the top 5 skills


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Six Elements of a Successful Club complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

  • The club members have conducted services projects that are meaningful to them.

  • The club has achieved a net growth in membership and involves new members in meaningful activities quickly.

  • The club communicates effectively with the members and the public.

  • Meetings are held regularly and are meaningful and positive.

  • Club Officers participate in zone and district leadership training.

  • The club is in good standing and reports regularly.


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Are there others? complete a successful two-year term, which includes:


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But most of all remember… complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

The club belongs to the members and should always focus on their goals.


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How do we get there? complete a successful two-year term, which includes:


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Section Two: complete a successful two-year term, which includes:Getting Off to a Good StartBecome an Information Expert


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Get Off to a Good Start – Become an Information Expert! complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

  • Leadership Development Section

  • of the Member Center

  • Organized under Training Materials

  • Club Officer Orientation On-Line Course

    • Club President Course

    • Club Secretary Course

    • Club Treasurer Course


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EXERCISE 2 complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

Page 8 The Certified Guiding Lion Workbook

Key Points to include in your Training

  • What are the key concepts from the on-line Club Officer Orientation that should be shared with the new club officers?

  • What should be shared with the President?

  • What should be shared with the Club Secretary?

  • What should be shared with the Club Treasurer?

  • Are there other on-line courses that would be helpful?


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Get Off to a Good Start – Become an Information Expert! complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

  • Club Resource Center at www.lionsclubs.org

  • This webpage includes links to the following:

  • Access to the Club Resource Center to download

  • frequently used forms, publications and information.

  • PR Tools to help communicate the club’s activities

  • Helpful resources you can use to sponsor a Leo Club.

  • Finance information you need to manage club funds.

  • Strategies you can use to strengthen membership.

  • A free E-Clubhouse Web site for your new Lions club


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EXERCISE 3 complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

Page 9 The Certified Guiding Lion Workbook

Important Materials in the Club Resource Center

  • What are the most important materials in the Club Resource Center that are useful to promote excellence in club management?

  • What should be shared with the President?

  • What should be shared with the Club Secretary?

  • What should be shared with the Club Treasurer?

  • What other materials would be helpful?


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Get Off to a Good Start – Become an Information Expert! complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

  • WMMR Site

  • The site features a training section and a manual to inform club secretaries and president on how to use the site. The WMMR Site is useful for:

  • Reporting membership changes

  • Printing Club Rosters

  • Completing Activity Reports

  • More

  • Enter the training site without a password

  • Passwords are available from the IT Division


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EXERCISE 4 complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

Page 9 The Certified Guiding Lion Workbook

WMMR Site Materials and Functions

  • Before the class you were instructed to log into the site and test the programs.

  • Were you able to log onto the site and go to the training area?

  • Did you have any problems or challenges?

  • What information did you find that was helpful?


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Get Off to a Good Start – Become an Information Expert! complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

  • Key Publications

  • Standard Form Lions Club Constitution and Bylaws (LA-2)

  • Club Officer’s Manual (LA-15)

  • Orientation Guide (ME-13)

  • Charter Night Planning Guide (TK-26)

  • Club Membership Chairperson’s Manual (ME-44)

  • Making It Happen Guide to Club Project Development (TK-10)

  • Community Needs Assessment (MK-9)

  • WMMR Guide Material

  • This material will be referred to later as we cover

  • the officer training sessions in greater detail


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Section Three: complete a successful two-year term, which includes:Develop a Club Officer Mentor Team


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Develop a Club Officer Mentor Team complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

  • Club Officer Mentor Team

    • Two Certified Guiding Lions

    • District Governor Team

    • Zone Chairpersons

    • Club Officer Mentors


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EXERCISE 5 complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

Page 11 The Certified Guiding Lion Workbook

Develop Your Club Mentor Team

  • Identify individuals who serve in the following roles and discuss their main responsibility to the new club:

    • District Governor Team:

    • District Governor

    •   First Vice District Governor

    •   Second Vice District Governor

    • Zone Chairpersons


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Develop a Club Officer Mentor Team complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

  • Club Officer Mentor: Pairing new officers with outstanding examples!

  • Checklist designed to facilitate training

  • Club President Mentor Checklist

    Club Secretary Checklist

    Club Treasurer Checklist

    Club

    Membership Chair Chair

    Checklist


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EXERCISE 5 complete a successful two-year term, which includes:(continued)

Page 12 The Certified Guiding Lion Workbook

Develop Your Club Mentor Team

  • Identify individuals who are qualified to serve in the following roles and discuss their main responsibility to the new club:

    • Club Officer Mentors:

    •   Club President Mentor

    • Club Secretary Mentor

    •   Club Treasurer Mentor

    • Club Membership Chair Mentor

  • Club Mentors should be currently serving in the position 


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Section Four: complete a successful two-year term, which includes:Design Club Officer Training


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  • Club Officer Training Outline complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

  • Divided into four sessions, focused on the initial keys to success:

  • Session One– Introduction to Lions Clubs International, Club Responsibilities, the Charter Night Ceremony, Club Officer Mentor Team.

  • Session Two – Club Officer Responsibility and Initiating Meaningful Projects

  • Session Three – The importance of Recruitment and Retention and Developing a Recruiting Plan

  • Session Four – Hosting Productive and Meaningful Meetings

  • EACH SESSION SHOULD LAST APPROXIMATELY 60 MINUTES


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Training Session One complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

  • Introduction to Lions Clubs International (12 minutes)

  • Club Responsibilities (23 minutes)

  • Charter Night Ceremony (15 minutes)

  • Club Officer Mentor Team (10 minutes)


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Introduction to Lions Clubs International (12 minutes) complete a successful two-year term, which includes:Resource: Orientation Guide

  • Orientation Guide Includes:

  • History of Lions Club International

  • Structure of the Club, Zone, Region etc.

  • Zone and district level positions and how they can assist

  • the club

  • Support from the International Association – Training available,

  • e-clubhouse and other programs that might be helpful.

  • International service projects

  • Reaffirm that each club is autonomous.


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Understanding Club Responsibilities (23 minutes) complete a successful two-year term, which includes:Resource: Standard Form Club Constitution and Bylaws

  • While some materials are included in the Orientation Guide, the Constitution and Bylaws includes:

  • Purposes, motto, etc.

  • Membership eligibility and types of Memberships

  • Officer Responsibilities and the Board of Directors

  • Fees and Dues

  • Managing Funds

  • Meetings and quorums

  • Elections and filling vacancies


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Organize Charter Night (15 minutes) complete a successful two-year term, which includes:Resource: Charter Night Planning Guide

  • The Charter Night Planning Guide includes many helpful tips for organizing the charter celebration including:

  • Charter Night Checklist

  • How to organize an effective committee

  • Room layout and diagrams

  • Sample letters and announcements

  • Sample speeches

  • Note that the sponsoring club, and the district, should offer assistance to help the new club organize the event


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Club Officer Mentor Team (10 minutes) complete a successful two-year term, which includes:Resource: Club Officer Mentor Checklists

  • Introduce the club officers to their Club Officer Mentors

  • Each officer should be assigned a mentor who is

  • currently fulfilling the same officer role

  • The Mentor should be experienced, available and able

  • to communicate/train the new officer effectively

  • Provide each pair a copy of their respective checklist

  • Ask them to meet with their mentor to go through the

  • checklist prior to the next training session


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EXERCISE 6 complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

Page 15 Certified Guiding Workbook

Training Session One:

Training Session One is an overview of LCI, why is that important?

What do you consider the three most important objectives of the first training session?


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Training Session Two complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

  • Club Officer Responsibility (20 minutes)

  • Initiating Meaningful Projects (30 minutes)

  • Follow-up Mentor training (10 minutes)


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Club Officer Responsibilities (20 minutes) complete a successful two-year term, which includes:Resource: Club Officer Manual and on-line training

  • The Club Officer Manual can help new officers plan their term and provides general information on the clubs daily operations with information such as:

    • Setting goals

    • Managing club activities through the year

    • Record keeping

    • Transitioning to the next team

  • Job specific information can be found in the Leadership Resource Center under training materials and then Club Officer Orientation. Refer them to the site. Their mentor should be covering the details specific to their position with them on an on-going basis.


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    Initiating Meaningful Projects (30 minutes) complete a successful two-year term, which includes:Resource: Making it Happen

    • Meaningful Projects are key to the health and sustainability of new clubs. “Making It Happen” guides the new club members through four key steps:

    • Identify potential projects

    • Develop a task force (and involve interested members)

    • Conduct research (and identify the members you need)

    • Determine action steps needed to implement the plan


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    Follow-up Mentor Training (10 minutes) complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    • At the end of the session check to make sure that each officer is receiving sufficient support and training from their Mentor.

    • Ask the officers if they are having any challenges or questions.

    • If needed, replace the mentor


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    EXERCISE 7 complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    Page 17 Certified Guiding Lion Workbook

    Reference Material: Making it Happen –

    Guide to Club Project Development

    Training Session Two:

    Training Session Two is more focused on the roles and responsibilities of the club.

    What do you consider the three most important objectives of the second session?


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    Training Session Three complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    • The Importance of Recruitment and Retention and

    • developing an ongoing Membership Plan. (45 minutes)

    • Follow-up Mentor training (15 minutes)


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    Creating a Membership Recruiting Plan (45 minutes) complete a successful two-year term, which includes:Resource: Club Membership Chairperson’s Guide

    • The Club Membership Chairperson’s Guide has information that can help a new club design an ongoing membership plan.

    • Designed to be given directly to Membership Chair

    • Includes timelines and program ideas

    • Lists the membership information available from LCI

    • Designed to help the club develop a plan

    • Take a few minutes (longer if needed) to discuss and plan how new members may be recruited.


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    EXERCISE 8 complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    Page 19 Certified Guiding Lion Workbook

    Reference Material: Membership Chair Manual

    CREATING A MEMBERSHIP RECRUITING PLAN

    Describe successful ideas for recruiting new members that you would share with the new club officers.


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    Follow-up Mentor Training (again!) complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    • At the end of the session check to make sure that each officer is receiving sufficient support and training from their Mentor.

    • Ask the officers if they are having any challenges or questions.

    • If needed, replace the mentor


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    Training Session Four complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    • Hosting Productive and Meaningful Meetings (20

    • minutes, if needed)

    • How to Increase Attendance at Meetings (20 minutes, if

    • needed)

    • Continue to follow-up Mentor training


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    Hosting Productive and Meaningful Meetings complete a successful two-year term, which includes:Resource: Focus on Meetings and Club Program Meeting Ideas

    • “Focus on Meetings” and the “Club Program Meeting Idea” flyer include information on how to host a successful meeting.

    • Club officers may also be referred to “Meeting Management”, an on-line course in the Leadership Development section of the LCI web site.

    • Discuss ways the meetings can be positive, effective and how to increase attendance at meetings. The officers should set up a plan. Usually, the president is in charge of effective meeting management and the membership chair is in charge of increasing attendance.


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    Increasing Meeting Attendance complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    • If meeting attendance is not increasing, discuss ways to boost meetings attendance. The list in the workbook includes.

    • Make sure the meeting date, time and location meets your members and your potential member’s needs 

    • Send invitations to current and potential members noting the activities that will take place 

    • Make personal calls to invite current and potential members to the meetings who may need additional encouragement. Tell them how their support is needed by the club and by the community.  

    • Invite an interesting and relevant speaker to each general meeting to give members and potential members a reason to attend. 

    • Make sure each member who attends the meeting is involved in a project that is meaningful to them.


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    EXERCISE 9 complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    Page 21 Certified Guiding Lion Workbook

    POSITIVE AND PRODUCTIVE MEETINGS

    What elements are key to a positive and productive meeting?

    What can be done to increase attendance?


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    Future Guidance and Training complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    • As Guiding Lion, meet with the club officers to make sure they are striving to achieve club success by focusing on the Six Elements of a Successful Club.

    • Address the weak areas as needed with the material covered. If you run into a challenging situation, contact the Certified Guiding Lion Hotline at 630-468-6919 or by email at [email protected] for additional guidance and support.


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    Six Elements of a Successful Club complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    • The club members have conducted services projects that are meaningful to them.

    • The club has achieved a net growth in membership and involves new members in meaningful activities quickly.

    • The club communicates effectively with the members and the public.

    • Meetings are held regularly and are meaningful and positive.

    • Club Officers participate in zone and district leadership training.

    • The club is in good standing and reports regularly.


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    Section Five: complete a successful two-year term, which includes:Guiding Lion Resources


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    Reports complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    Club Health Assessment – measures the progress of the club in the area of membership gain/loss, reporting, payment of dues and balances and donations made to LCIF

    Quarterly Report – The report completed by the Guiding Lion and given to the District Team and LCI to report the progress made by the club.


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    TOOLS TO HELP NEW CLUB BECOME SELF RELIANT complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    Club Officer Training Checklist – to ensure the information has been shared and effectively communicated to the new club officers

    Transition to Independence – A checklist to gauge the club’s progress as the club becomes more self reliant.


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    Recapping the Session complete a successful two-year term, which includes:


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    Section Six: complete a successful two-year term, which includes:Club Rebuilding


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    Rebuilding Existing Clubs complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    How can the CGL strategy be used to help existing clubs?

    Many of the techniques and strategies mentioned in this course may also be applied to club rebuilding.

    The challenge is to identify the club’s needs so that the training and support can be tailored accordingly.

    Refer to the Assessment Form for this section


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    Certified Guiding Lion Rebuilding Assessment complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    • Identifies club operations that need improvement so the CGL can tailor support to meet the club’s needs.

    • The assessment reviews:

    • Officer understanding of club responsibilities

    • Officer understanding of their specific roles

    • Level of passion for current service projects

    • Internal club communication and public relations

    • Club meeting satisfaction

    • Ability to recruit and retain members

    • District support

    • Need for overall leadership development


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    Understanding Club Responsibilities complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    This section is for club officers who are new to our association and can be skipped if they are existing Lions.

    Questions:

    Is there a general knowledge of LCI’s structure, objectives and history?

    Do the officers understand the general responsibilities of their club?

    If the officers are new to Lions, review Training Session One on page 13 of the Certified Guiding Lion Workbook.


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    Club Management complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    This section assesses the officers’ awareness of their unique responsibilities.

    Report activity, payments and officer history can be found on the Club Health Assessment Report.

    Questions:

    Do club officers understand their responsibilities well enough to fulfill their role effectively?

    Are membership and activity reports submitted regularly?

    Are the club accounts current?

    Does the club have new leadership each year or do officers repeat?


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    Club Management (cont.) complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    • If needs appear…

    • Follow training outline that begins on page 16 of the

    • CGL Workbook.

    • Assign a Club Officer Mentor when needed.

    • In cases when officers repeat, encourage new people

    • to take the position and assure them that they will

    • receive the support needed to be successful.


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    Service Activities complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    The single most important element to club success!

    Questions:

    Is the club involved in meaningful service activities?

    Are these activities visible and relevant to the community?

    Are there other projects they would rather pursue?


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    Service Activities complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    • If needs appear…

    • Follow the “Making it Happen” outline on page 16

    • Consider the course on Providing Community Service

    • offered in the Lions Learning Center.


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    Communication (Internal and External!) complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    An effective communication is critical to recognize club projects and encourages community involvement.

    Questions:

    Does the club effectively publicize projects?

    Are meetings, events, and projects effectively communicated to club members?

    Does the club have a website?


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    Communication (Internal and External!) complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    • If needs appear…

    • Refer to the PR Guide

    • Introduce them to e-clubhouse (a free site for clubs)

    • Offer club secretary training for better internal

    • communication

    • Consider the PR Course in the Lions Learning Center.


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    Meetings complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    Poor meetings can ruin a club!

    While the Guiding Lion Workbook lists Membership Recruitment next, it is suggested that this topic be taken out of sequence and addressed before recruitment and retention since existing clubs already meet.

    It is important that the club provides a welcoming atmosphere before new members are recruited.

    Meetings have a tremendous impact on club success, but can also be easily fixed!


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    Meetings (cont.) complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    Questions:

    Are meetings positive, meaningful and productive?

    Are they held regularly?

    Are they well attended?

    Is meeting attendance encouraged?

    Do the meetings involve all the members?

    What improvements could be made?


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    Meetings (cont.) complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    • If needs appear…

    • Follow the outline on page 20 of the CGL Workbook for

    • easy ways to boost attendance and improve the overall

    • meeting.

    • Take the Managing Meetings Course from the Lions

    • Learning Center.


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    Membership Growth complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    Most likely the greatest challenge and should begin only after all other issues are resolved. You might find that when the other issues are fixed, recruitment is easy!

    Questions:

    Is the club actively recruiting?

    Are all members, including new and existing members, involved in projects that they find meaningful?

    Does the club have a membership plan?

    Why are members leaving the club and what adjustments need to be made to improve retention?


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    Membership Growth (cont.) complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    • If needs appear…

    • See the Importance of Recruitment and Retention for

    • help developing a membership plan, on page 18 of the

    • CGL Workbook.

    • Assign a Membership Chairperson Mentor on page 33.

    • Contact Global Membership Team (GMT) Coordinator

    • Go to the Leadership Resource Center for the

    • following courses:

      • Valuing Member Diversity

      • Member Motivation

      • Effective Club Membership Teams


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    District Support complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    The purpose of the district leadership is to support club health and development.

    Care needed to ensure that the club is supporting projects and events that are of interest to the club’s members.

    Studies show that healthy clubs will support district projects that are important to the members, however, they may also take away energy that is needed to rebuild a weak club.


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    District Support (Cont.) complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    Questions:

    Is the district leadership viewed as positive and helpful?

    Are there training opportunities that would benefit club officers and volunteers?

    Do officers attend zone meetings?

    Are district functions and meetings communicated effectively to club officers?

    Do district events/projects detract club members from supporting their own projects?

    What support could the district provide?


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    District Support (cont.) complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    • If needs appear…

    • Mention concerns to the DG team to build a positive

    • relationship.

    • Inform club officers of training opportunities.

    • Encourage officers to attend zone meetings

    • Look for ways the district can help the club, perhaps

    • district or multiple district activities or resources would

    • be of interest to club members

    • Make sure the club is participating in activities that are

    • meaningful to the club, put the club first.


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    Further Leadership Development complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    When a club is failing due to leadership issues, LCI has a vast resource of leadership development courses and programs available at no charge.

    Let new and existing members know the tremendous opportunity for personal and professional growth by participating in the training programs offered by Lions Club International.

    Contact Global Membership Team (GMT) Coordinator

    Visit the Lions Leadership Resource Center for additional information.


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    To Assign a Guiding Lion to an Existing Club complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    • Assignment Form

    • The club and the District Governor must agree to the assignment.

    • 2. Send form to District and Club Administration

    • 3. When assigned, the Guiding Lion will receive the

    • Club Health Assessment Report.

    • Assignment forms are available from the District and Club Administration Division and on-line on the Certified Guiding Lion page of the LCI website


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    REMEMBER TO complete a successful two-year term, which includes:: Complete the “Test for Certified Guiding Lions on pages 35 and 36, meet with District Governor or District or Multiple District GLT Coordinator to obtain their signature and send signedProgram Review to Lions Clubs InternationalLCI will mail a certificate to you


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    Slide Title complete a successful two-year term, which includes:

    • CERTIFIED GUIDING

    • LION PROGRAM

    A Course for Success

    Thank You!


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