As a district that takes pride in emphasizing training as a key element of our overall goals and objectives, there is a need to seek out powerful ways to grow and develop the skills of our membership. A review of the literature suggests that today’s leaders from all walks of life, have had the benefit of a mentor’s wisdom and experience.
The question is, how might a mentoring program benefit our entire organization? Mentoring is more than just a cost-effective alternative to traditional training programs. It promotes knowledge sharing, leadership development, skill development, and engagement throughout the entire organization.
Membership wise we have had some good years and some poor years. Each year District 4-C5 brings in as many members as leave. Information passed on from LCI suggests that the highest rate of attrition is during the fourteenth to the eighteenth month of service, and some sources (LCI) suggest that the more accurate range is closer to six months to fourteen months.
Although as a district we are not that good at performing exit surveys with the members who leave, we hear when attending the Council of Governors and other events outside our district, that the top reasons that Lions drop are: 1) their club is not doing regular service projects and 2) the member did not have true understanding of Lionism.
If you’re interested in becoming a part of our mentoring program, or you wish to have a mentor give you the one-on-one training to move you forward as a new Lion, please download and fill out the appropriate application and send a copy to your club secretary.
Every year, the people of Elk Grove honors an Elk Grove citizen who has contributed greatly to our community and is an example of the meaning of giving. Since 1955, representatives from different Elk Grove community service organizations have presented this annual award honoring an area resident who has rendered outstanding services directly to the Elk Grove community.
For 2017-2018, the committee has selected another Elk Grove Lion to be honored as the citizen of the year at the awards banquet on November 6th. Please join us in congratulating Lion Pancho Sanchez and the Elk Grove Citizen of the year. Look at the list below and you will find that 25% of the people selected over the years are Lions.
The Elk Grove Citizen of the Year is truly a community award. The recipient of the Elk Grove Citizen of the Year award is honored at a banquet held on the first Monday in November each year. The award and banquet are co-sponsored by several local service organizations. Some of the co-sponsors include the Elk Grove Lions Club, Elk Grove Optimist Club, Pride of Laguna Creek Lions Club, Rotary Club of Elk Grove, Rotary Club of Laguna Sunrise and the Soroptimist International of Elk Grove. Over the years, several members of the Elk Grove Lions Club have been selected to receive this honor. Proceeds from this event benefit the Elk Grove Citizen of the Year scholarship which is given to a qualifying high school senior.
Curious about past recipients?
1955 – Raymond Case, principal-superintendent, Elk Grove Elementary School
1956 – Alvin Bartholomew, businessman, leader of many community groups, Lions Club
1957 – Tom Karamanos, Lions Club, started Elk Grove Business Men’s Association
1958 – George Henderson, Boy Scout leader, started Elk Grove Boy Scouts
1959 – Elk Grove Volunteer Fire Department
1960 – Cantrell Castello, dairyman, involved in many organizations.
1961 – Gerald Brown, community leader, especially Western Festival
1962 – Edna Sperry, Leader in Girl Scouts, Red Cross, Mothers’ Club
1963 – Raymond Russell, builder of houses, EG Park maintenance
1964 – Paul Betschart, sports supporter, fire department, Lions Club
1965 – Jessie Baker, supporter of children with special needs and disabilities
1966 – Theodore Smedberg, EG principal, superintendent, Sac County Office of Education
Past District Governor Lion Nick would like to do a work week end for Oct 20-22. We need help with painting and other projects. We need help for this weekend. We have not had a work project since May because we have many groups at the camp. Now if the time to finish up many projects. Please contact Lion Nick if you are coming. 916-965-3898. There will good friends, work, and good food.