Lion’s Meet and Greet
On Saturday, February 3rd, the Molokai Lions Club held a half-day workshop retreat entitled “Serving Our Membership” where Lions members got to know each other and explored ways to attract more people to the club.
The retreat was held on the grounds of Molokai Shores on a beautiful sunny day and was organized by Lions Shirley and “Big Ed” Fulkerson and Lion Secretary Bob Dreyer, with assistance from Lions Ron Davis, Harold Iwane and Mits Watanabe. The program was led by Lion District Governor Mervin Wee and Past International Director Mel Nakamura, who freely gave up the full day to travel from their homes on Oahu to Molokai, at their own expense.
The program started with each of the 24 Lions in attendance (about 80% of active Members) introducing themselves and telling something about themselves that few others knew. This proved to be an interesting ice-breaker and set the stage for the rest of the day. Next, the Members were asked to identify ways in which the Club could improve its service to the community. This developed a list of fifteen suggestions.
Following discussion of the importance of each suggestion, they were voted on by the Members and resulted in the identification of three primary areas for further investigation. At this point, the group was divided into three sub-groups to discuss: (1) ways to increase volunteerism among the Club’s Members, (2) ways to involve younger people, such as the Leo Club at MIHS and other groups having a younger average age than the present Club Members, and (3) ways to encourage new people in the community to become Lions.
The Molokai Lions Club was chartered in 1939 and is one of 64 clubs throughout the State of Hawaii, which constitutes District 50 of Lions Club International which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year.