During 2013-2014, Lions are challenged to follow their dream to reach new heights. As we strive to achieve our dreams, we need responsible leaders who provide timely feedback, share accountability and work in teams. As we work in teams, we should also provide immediate and expanded recognition of results or contributions. Our overall dream as an organization is to serve those in need in every community in the world. To achieve this dream, we must expand our reach by strengthening existing clubs, adding new clubs, and recruiting new members.
Service. It’s More Than a Dream, It’s Our Identity
As Lions, we are a global network dedicated to service and we share the dream of a world without suffering. Last year we provided over 500 million hours of service with a direct impact on over 200 million people. We will continue to strive toward our dream by supporting the following service strategies:
Success through Teamwork
District governors are the leaders of the district governor teams, however good leaders know the value of working together. In addition to the leadership team, the district governor is part of the district Global Leadership Team (GLT) and the district Global Membership Team (GMT). Sharing your district dream or vision with all of your team members will be the key to achieving success. We will activate our dreams by involving your district team in the following ways:
Responsibility, Recognition and Reach
As Lions we have a strong sense of awareness of the needs of others and a sense of responsibility to make our communities better. We know that responsibility means taking care of others, being accountable and being trustworthy. Responsibility also means ownership: owning what needs to be done, then finding a way to get it done. It involves taking risks and working hard. We must also let other Lions be responsible for their own challenges and their own dreams. To encourage them to achieve their dreams, we should provide recognition of their achievements.
Recognition, both informal and formal, is deeply rooted in Lions heritage and tradition, and is a key component of member satisfaction. To provide expanded recognition we will:
Member satisfaction is key to the ability to retain our members, and key to expanding our service capacity and global reach. To expand and engage our membership we will:
Sharing the Dream of Service
Leos share the dream of service; they want to serve and make a difference. Leos are making a significant service contribution while adding enthusiasm, ingenuity and innovation. Lions can serve as their mentors to provide guidance, encouragement and recognition. Leos are a valuable member of the Lions family.
Another way to increase our capacity for service is through effective public relations, sharing stories of Lions projects with the public and potential new members. Public relations is no longer left to the professional. Today each member can share the Lions story with passion, conviction and photos via web sites and social media. To share our dream of service we will:
Some of our most impressive Lions success stories result from service supported by the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). Since its establishment in 1968 LCIF has awarded over 11,000 grants totaling more than US$811 million in the areas of sight, youth, disaster relief and other humanitarian effort. LCIF keeps dreams alive for millions around the world. To support LCIF we will:
More now than ever there are people in need, and those people need Lions. There is no time like the present to set your sights on a dream and inspire Lions of your district to achieve a new high standard, to set a new benchmark. So district governors-elect Follow Your Dream, and work hard to achieve your dream to ensure a bright future for Lions Clubs International.