The District Governor 2014/2015 is Lion Alan Good.
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Message from your District Governor Lion Alan Good.
October has been my busiest month to date and November looks set to be even more so, with visits to clubs,
attendance at charter celebrations, team meetings, social events, District Forum and somehow even managed to have a weekend in Winchester baby-sitting my granddaughter. We have been warmly welcomed in all the clubs we have visited, we really enjoy these occasions — it is great to meet the members of Lions and have time to chat with them. Each club is very different, both in size, and in the way they run. Every club, however, is active in its’ own community.
Membership has remained steady with new members replacing member that have left, transferred out of the district, or passed on to higher service. No matter how many members a club has, it is important to continue to seek more. Not only do new members help share the load, but they also bring in new ideas and a fresh approach to things. Once a Club has attracted new members, it is then important that they make sure someone looks after them and keeps them happy and interested otherwise all the effort put into recruiting can be lost with the
statistics showing that many leave in the first year of joining. Remember we have a membership team who are
working hard throughout the district and if you need help and advice, please contact them, I am sure they will be glad to hear from you. Just Ask!
Communication is the lifeline of our organisation and I have concerns that we in SW are failing in keeping the channels open and using the resource available for keeping all Lions members informed. The numbers have been dropping off for District Handovers and Forums, but how do we know why or what you would like thehandover or Forum to be like if there is no communication? How many responded to David Atkins request for feedback for the district Handover? How many clubs responded before the deadline with a yes or no for Autumn Forum? How many Lions will have the opportunity to read through this newsletter rather than it being passed around at a meeting to be signed off as having been seen, and, therefore, how much information about our organisation will they miss? E mail, phone, stick a stamp on a letter, attach the newsletter to the club minutes when sent out. Keep those communication channels open and if you need help we have a District Team to help and support.
Planning for the 2015 Convention on 13, 14 and 15 March is coming together. The committee is working hard and the weekend activities are now starting to fall into place. can confirm that Past International Director Patricia (Patti) Hill will be our guest for the weekend. I have heard from my club visits there is a great deal of
interest in our convention so once the booking is live please do get your bookings in.
District Forum for me was one of the best we have had for many a year and this has been echoed by many of those who attended. Once again though, numbers were down on previous years, however, besides the great day we all had, it was encouraging to see so many new members and first timers attending. I would also like to thank the Leos who attended forum and gave us more senior Lions something to think about. If we can all tap into their enthusiasm, drive and passion for all things Lionistic we will have no problems with ensuring the future of this organisation. With the help of our Leos, the future is bright, the future is blue and yellow.
District Governor Lion Alan
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