Zone Chairperson Training For District 12 L What Is Expected Of Me?
Welcome Zone Chairperson You are the link between the clubs in the zone and the district team. Your First and Primary Responsibility is to Help the Clubs in your Zone in anyway you can.
Before You Begin • Establish a “Trusting Relationship” with the President of each of your clubs • Know your presidents and let them know you, before you visit them. • Call, email etc. and learn about each clubs perceived needs and know their main projects and priorities.
Communication • Your are the link between the District Council and these clubs. • Communicate the International President’s program to each club. • Communicate the District’s Goals and Theme to each club.
District’s Theme For the year 2013-2014 The Theme for Our District is: E=MC2 Excitement = Measured Change Squared (Keep what’s working. Change what isn’t working.) This will create excitement if you stir the pot just a little.
Four Prime Responsibilities 1st Help each of your clubs to grow membership by a minimum of 3 new members per club between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 Ask for help from the District GMT Lion Lisa Vinson and use her resources. Make her aware of any information you may find while visiting clubs, that may indicate a possible new club site.
2nd Responsibility • Make sure each of your clubs know the four different Lions Menus and what is each item on the menu. Make sure you know them first. • The next four slides give an example of each menu. These may not be all inclusive. • Remember that we only encourage ordering off the menu, but each club is free to make their choice of items ordered.
International Menu of Projects Health Programs A. Sight Screenings B. Hearing Screenings C. Diabetes Awareness Youth and Contest Programs A. LEO Clubs B. Lions Quest C. Peace Poster Contest D. Essay Contest E. Literacy Programs F. Photography Contest LCIF A. Melvin Jones Award B. Disaster Relief Fund C. Grant Programs Sight Programs A. Sight First B. Eye Banks C. KidSight D. Eye Glass Recycling E. Leader Dog F. Companion Dogs
International Menu….. • Environmental Programs A. Plant Trees B. Recycling
MD12 State Menu • TN Lions Charities, Inc.(funds KidSight among other things) • TN Lions Eye Center Outreach Program • TN School for Blind • TN School for Deaf • World Services for The Blind • Leader Dog • Learning Ally
12 L District Menu • Lion Mobile Eye Clinic and Charities of District 12 L, Inc. (Vision Van) • Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service • West TN Lions Foundation Inc. • Ed Lindsey Industries for the Blind, Inc. • Virginia Lindsey Leadership Award • West TN Special Technology Resource • KidSight
Each Club’s Local Menu What’s on your menu?
3rd ResponsibilityClub Visitations vs. Zone meeting • The old way of doing this was to ask each zone chair to hold 3 zone meetings during the year. But with the world changing and everyone on the go, many zones call meetings and very few attend. • As District Governor, I ask that you visit each club of your zone twice during the year. Try and visit once very soon after July 1 and once more before District Convention. • If you establish those good relationships and feel certain that your Presidents will attend, face to face Zone meetings are best.
Club Visitations • This is the time that you fulfill those 4 Prime Responsibilities. • This is the time you encourage attendance at Lions District and State Functions. • This is the time you encourage membership growth. • This is the time you explain the menus. • Believe it or not, many of our members don’t know what those items really are.
4th ResponsibilityOfficer and Leadership Training • Educate and make sure that each of the officers in each of your clubs have attended a club officer training by the GLT Chair at the organizational meeting in July or meet with the officers of you clubs before or after the club visit to administer that training. • You should use your visits to identify and train your replacement for next year. • The GLT Chair can help you with this, by training you on what to give each officer.
4th Responsibility….. • Being Zone Chair should not become a career. • Your experience as the Zone Chair helps prepare you for future District Leadership Positions. However in order to best serve the District, find and train your replacement and help identify future leaders for the district.
Other Zone Chairperson Responsibilities • We will try and budget an expense account for you to pay you mileage to visit clubs and attend trainings. We would like for you to make plans to attend the TN Leadership Learning Retreat in Manchester next January. • Participate in the meetings as a member of the district cabinet. • Try and make sure at least one member from each of your clubs is in attendance at each district meeting.
Zone Chairperson Responsibilities (continued p. 2) • During officer training make sure you encourage each club secretary to file a monthly membership report online and what and why the activity reports are important to LCI. There is a Secretary training presentation on our District Website that explains this in detail. • Make sure officer elections and PU 101 forms for your clubs are in my April 15.
Zone Chairperson Responsibilities(continued) • Suggest and implement methods to assist all the clubs within the zone • Facilitate exchange of ideas about programs, projects, activities, and fund raising methods among clubs in the zone. This is the E=MC2 part of our program. • Ensure every club follows its constitution & by-laws. Make sure they have one first.
In Partnership with the District GMT & GLT Coordinators, you may • Organize a new club • Conduct new member orientation • Promote Club Excellence Process • Implement a member recruitment plan • Nurture current and future leaders • Promote use of leadership development resources and programs
Club Excellence Award This award recognizes a club that is effective, pays its bills, and is filing reports on time Recognizes club members who are motivated to fulfill their duties in a timely manner The Club Excellence Award Application must be submitted to the district governor
Further Leadership Training • The following slides are techniques you can use to make you a more successful zone chair. • If at the end of this presentation, you are still confused email your district governor. • Read your constitution. Research and know how to navigate around the International Lions Clubs Website: lionsclubs.org
The Art of Recognition • Recognition should be suited to the individual, timely in presentation and appropriate for the accomplishment • The publication, Art of Recognition, provides more information about recognition
Informal Awards • Informal awards are given at the time of an achievement during the year • An award should be tailored to an individual, such as a sports game ticket if the person is a fan of baseball • More specific ideas are given in the Art of Recognition publication
Summary • There are many ways to motivate a person, however the most important thing to remember is that motivation is unique to each individual. • You now know about many resources; use them appropriately for each Lion.
Communication - An Important Skill for a Zone Chairperson How will you communicate with clubs: • Provide information • Communicate regularly • Offer assistance • Compliment on club success
Communicate Regularly • Frequent communication is easy with email, phone or fax – determine preferred method of each club president • Clubs may not call you with a problem, so you should contact them • Reminders can be given each month
Problem Solving How can you resolve this problem?
Definition A problem is an obstacle which makes it difficult to achieve a desired goal, objective or purpose. It can refer to a situation, condition, or issue that is yet unresolved.
Problem Solving Process Problem solving is a higher-order thought process used when a person or group does not know how to proceed from a given state to a desired state. A five step process can be followed to solve problems.
Step 1- Define the problem • State what is preventing you from reaching your goal • Is that the problem or a symptom of a larger problem? • Is the problem worth solving? • What conditions should the solution satisfy?
Step 2 – Gather information • Talk to stakeholders that are affected by the problem • Ask for details of observed events • Review results of prior solutions or studies • Ask officials, committees or decision makers for their opinions • Interview experts for their advice
Step 3 – Develop alternative solutions • Look at the problem in a different way, from a different perspective • Brainstorm and generate many alternatives, listing them for consideration • Review alternatives to seek new or exciting solutions, and ideas that can be combined • Eliminate ideas that will be met with high level opposition
Step 4.1 – Consider alternatives Consider the following characteristics of each alternative: • Suitability: ethical and practical • Feasibility: affordable and probability of solving the problem • Flexibility: ability to respond to unexpected results, to new possibilities and the amount of control you have once you begin your solution
Step 4.2 – Select the best alternative • Select the best solution (there is not a perfect solution) • Ask your expert for an opinion on your chosen solution • Consider your intuition about the solution • Consider a compromise solution if needed
Step 5 – Implement decision Without implementing your chosen alternative, you have not solved the problem. • Develop an action step plan • Inform stakeholders • Monitor progress (results and process) • Compromise or adapt plans if needed
Empower your club officers • Teach them the 5 step process • Build their confidence • Encourage them to solve their problems independent of you • Provide feedback regarding their results
Deal with problems sooner, not later • Problems do not go away • Delayed problems grow in challenge and in the number of people involved • Ignoring a problem may create relationship conflicts among fellow Lions
District resource people • Other zone chairpersons • Region chairperson • District GMT and GLT coordinators • 2nd vice district governor • 1st vice district governor • District governor
LCI resources • Dispute resolution procedures for club • Dispute resolution procedures for district • Dispute resolution procedures for multiple district
Summary Problem solving is an essential skill for a Zone Chairperson. Remember to solve a problem as soon as possible using the five step process. Ask for assistance from your district resources if you need it.
Goal Setting How will you achieve that by the end of the year?
Goals A goal is an outcome that you want to achieve by a specific point in time. It is the end result towards which your efforts are directed.
Benefits of Goals • Research shows that people who consistently set goals have high levels of achievement. • By deciding what is important to you and what you want to achieve, you are outlining your path to success.
Benefits of Goals (cont.) • When you achieve some of your goals, you will become more confident in yourself and your abilities. • Once you know what you want to achieve, you will not be distracted by things that are irrelevant.
Smart Goals Smart goals describes goals that are written so everyone can understand what the goal result will be and when it will be completed. The goals are: • specific • measurable • actionable • realistic • time bound
Example Goal Statement • The club will recruit 12 women members by February 1 of the current Lions year • If a local club has and will not recruit lady members, is there enough interest to form a companion club in the community of women.
Types of Club Goals • Membership recruitment • Public relations/press coverage • Leadership development • Retention of members • Fund raising for community needs • Support of LCIF
Sample Club Goal 1 • Recruit 10 new members by November 30 Click to view related action plan