Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy New (Lions) Year!

It's now the beginning of our Lions year, 2010-2011!  Our District Governor, Pat Brown, is "down under" wearing his white jacket and being inducted as District 39W's DG.  I couldn't talk him into taking a laptop, so we'll have to wait for his return this weekend to see the photos and hear the stories.  (I'll try to convince him to write on this blog, so check back!)

When DG Pat was campaigning for this position, the two things he emphasized to me were education and training for Lions and better communication.  I think since then he's probably found many more things he'd like to do, see, or change in the coming year, but for now, my topic is communication.

As the new Communications Chair (a pretty broad assignment) my job is to help District Governor Pat, the clubs, and all the members improve our lines of communication.  Last year with District Governor Shirley, we launched the new website, adding more pages and information throughout the year.  In November, we started blogging and added a Facebook page.  These three things will be continued in the coming year.

But we're not stopping there.  Beginning in July (after we have the club officers updated), we will be sending out an e-bulletin, probably on a bi-weekly basis.  This will contain event and party announcements, a calendar, notes and news-things you are used to seeing in your email.  The difference will be a consistent format, no attachments, and the ability for any Lion to sign up or opt out.

The next generation of Paw Prints, our newsletter, will also be premiering.  With it's smaller size, it will be easy to print and send by US mail or distributed to the public.  I'll be asking for feature story writers to help out-especially Lions in the eastern part of our district (hint, hint).
As always, please be patient as we work out the kinks, and feel free to comment by clicking that blue comments link below.

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