During 2014-2015, we can “Strengthen the Pride” by bringing the 1.35 million members of our Lion’s family closer together, working in a spirit of cooperation and understanding. This is not the pride of being boastful; it is pride of accomplishment in building communities, providing meaningful service, and helping those who cannot help themselves. This feeling of pride forms the foundation of our commitment to serving others, and has made us the global leader in humanitarian service. This is the platform for success in the coming year, through our centennial, and well into the next hundred years of our association.
Strengthen the Pride through Service
Service has been the bedrock of our association since we were founded 1917, and in 2014, we will embark on a three-year centennial celebration to honor our commitment to serving our communities:
In the coming year, clubs are also encouraged to participate in a special project by responding to children in need, such as those that address literacy, hunger, abuse, or poverty – wherever there are children lacking resources and support. Invite friends and family to participate in these activities.
Strengthen the Pride through Membership Development
Our focus is on service, but our strength is directly tied to our members. While we have been fortunate to sustain membership growth over the past six years, that growth must continue if we are to maintain our role as the global leader in humanitarian service. We can promote membership growth and development in the following ways:
Strengthen the Pride by Strengthening Your Club
It is time that we got back to the basics of strengthening our association from the “Club Up." Every club will be encouraged to examine what they are doing and consider implementing new management strategies and techniques to energize their club. The goal is to have clubs with better focus, direction, drive and purpose. Clubs can accomplish this with a number of strategies:
Strengthen the Pride through Leadership
We can strengthen our clubs by developing strong club leaders. Effective leadership development starts with a meaningful induction and a proper orientation, and from there, clubs can encourage club leadership development in the following ways:
Strengthen the Pride through Partnerships
We can do more and accomplish more when we work together with like-minded people, companies and organizations. Clubs are encouraged to partner with others when it is mutually advantageous, strengthens their communities, and helps the club better serve others.
Strengthen the Pride through Rededication
Our founder, Melvin Jones, instilled the pride of service in our first members, and nurtured pride in membership as Lions Clubs International began to grow. As we prepare for our centennial, schedule a celebration of Melvin Jones’ birthday on January 13th as a tribute to our founder, and rededicate yourself to the community and humanitarian codes, objects and principles of our association.
Strengthen the Pride through Giving
The more you give, the more you have to give. This year, all clubs are invited to make a contribution to LCIF, the charitable arm of our association.
Strengthen the Pride through Creativity
The ability to adapt and take on new challenges has been an important part of our past success, and has helped us thrive in an ever-changing world. To ensure our future growth, we need to creatively embrace technology and use it to our advantage. LCI has built a strong network of online and social media tools, and we can utilize them to Strengthen the Pride in the following ways:
Strengthen the Pride through Courage and Conviction
Lions members have both courage and conviction. As Lions, we need to roar. We need to tell the whole world who we are, that we will never stop trying, because we have service to perform, and we are going to provide it, no matter what the challenges are.
District Governors-elect, we have the opportunity to “roar” louder than we ever have before by focusing our efforts through service, membership and club development, partnerships, leadership, rededication, creativity, courage, and conviction. Coordinate your efforts, collaborate with the teams and resources available to you, and commit to Strengthen the Pride.