Who knows what the Lion's calendar year is? Well, we just started a new year, our 2013-2014 year.
A Lion's calendar year goes from July 1 to June 30 of the following year.
I've tried to find out why.... if there's a specific reason, but haven't had any luck yet. Anyone know?
So what might happen as the new year transitions? Much like the New Year, we celebrate! There's usually an end-of-year social for all members to get together and eat, drink, and be merry! The outgoing President will usually present small tokens of appreciation to deserving members.
Often times new officers will be installed at this end-of-year party as well as any new members will be inducted.
But let's back up a bit. Prior to July 1, officers should be tidying up their affairs and prepare to transition their files over to the new officer. There should be some training and guidance so the new officers can start July 1 with their feet firmly planted on the ground.
Club welfare will be scrutinized to see what problems there were and how they can be improved upon for the next year. This might be done in conjunction with a Member Satisfaction Guide.
You can also expect to renew your membership dues at this time. Dues are good for one year, the Lion's calendar year.
Lions Clubs International elects a new International President and they will outline their objectives and goals for the coming year. There are usually several global campaigns that clubs can participate in like Plant a Million Trees Campaign in 2011-2012. Last year it was the Reading Action Program.
Our incoming District Governor will also have his own goals and pet projects that we can work towards and get involved with. This year it's increasing membership.
So this is a little of what you can expect as our new year transitions. It's a time of renewal. Renewing our enthusiasm. Renewing our commitment to our club and organization. Looking forward to the year to come with fellow Lions, enjoying good fellowship, learning and growing.
Happy New Year!