Fellow Lions, Lioness, and Leos,

“New Year, New You” . That depends on you. It is that time of year again when we are supposed to look back to see what we accomplished during the past year, and to think about what we want to accomplish this new year. Why is it that we focus on just this one time of the year to do that?

Maybe we are programming our brains for possible failure, because with a “start” date, there is supposed to be an “end” date. When it comes to changes, they can be done anytime of the year, and more importantly they can be adapted, anytime of the year.

Do you know that only about 8% of New Year’s resolutions are successful? With that kind of success rate, what is it that we can maybe do to be in that 8%. Do we set unattainable resolutions, or get off track by small failures? Does life, as it usually does, get in the way. Small changes may not seem to be as satisfying, but small changes ultimately lead to bigger things.

Think of one small change that your club can commit to as a new beginning. To do this, we need to look at what it is that we have been trying, or not trying to do lately. We all know that our club’s survival depends on members. Without growth, we will not continue. Honestly, when you hear the phrase “we need members”, what is the first thing that comes to mind. I tend to think that maybe some of our minds shut down. It has been said so many times over that we just don’t want to hear it anymore. So, how do we change the way we feel when we hear people talking about membership. Until that feeling of “dread” is no longer

associated with the word “member”, we are not truly enjoying the reason we joined. We are members because we want to make a difference, why is it that we can’t seem to find even just one other person who shares the same passion. What can we do?

Maybe, focus on your club and not particularly new members at this time. Get out a pen and pad, and write it all down. Where is your club at right now, current members, active members, service projects, community involvement, and etc. This is a group effort, not a one person show. Honest discussions must take place to inevitably bring about small changes. But, it starts with at least one. One member who believes that starting somewhere is the first step to the future of your club. Are you that one member? Ultimately, it will end with the club and the members. If what we are trying right now isn’t working, then why do we continue on the same path? As a club, don’t close those doors, if you are struggling, try anything that comes to mind. There is no way of knowing what works until you have tried it.

Take that first step, and change one thing with what the club is doing. It can be something new, it can be updating something that your club is already participating in, or simply acting on the same old conversations about our struggles. Without acting on any of this, there is no change, and we will continue to be right where we are at. A more welcoming and inviting club will open doors to those around the community.

Yours in Lionism,
DG Aaron Slezak