Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cabinets and councils

The first round of meetings for the new Lions year is 2/3 complete.  Saturday was the 39W Cabinet meeting and the MD 39 Council meeting.  Meetings began at 10:00 and didn't finish until nearly 4:00.  (Next Saturday is the Sight and Hearing Foundation board meeting, to complete the trifecta.)

Anyway, what goes on at these meetings?  These first meetings were primarily devoted to budgets.  The dues collected from Lions clubs must be spent wisely and lots of thought and often debate goes into this process.  Part of the meeting is committee chair reports or what the committee is planning to do throughout the year.  (Cabinet chairs are listed on our website under "Cabinet" right next to the peanut butter.)  And sometimes we talk about the constitution and by-laws and the appropriate way to do things. 

The Lions that take up their whole Saturday to keep the organization in order and running smoothly should be thanked profusely.  But that's just the tip of the iceberg for the Lions who volunteer for these positions.  Lots of hours are spent in preparation and implementation. 

Now, I probably shouldn't have said that as DG Doug is still looking for a few volunteers to fill some cabinet and zone chair positions.  (Right, the Cabinet is a little bare...)   But in spite of the time commitment, the feeling of  accomplishment and internal satisfaction you get from putting your heart and soul into this great organization makes it well worthwhile.  Seriously, give anyone a call who has volunteered in this capacity and ask them why they do it.  Then call Doug and join the team.

I've rambled on....Originally I was planning to tell you something else entirely.  So I'll do that tomorrow-check back!

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