Lion April 2013 : Page 46

R E C RU I T I N G M E M B ER S Plant the Seeds of Service Cub Program Can Grow Clubs and Future Lions At the Cadillac Lions’ meetings, there’s something different engaging times at meetings, the children grab books, crayons about some of the attendees leading the pledge of allegiance, and puzzles out of a pre-filled tote bag with Lions rotating collecting tail twister fines and drawing the winning 50/50 supervision of them. “Remember that these are children and ticket—they’re under 11 years old. Known as Cubs, the sometimes they will get restless. But I’m sure we all have one youngsters in this Michigan club have not only been an inte-or two Lions in our clubs that do the same thing once in a gral part of the club since 2009, they have helped the club while, right?” jokes Anderson. Anderson helped launch a Cub program for the nearby grow and gain a new vibrancy. Thanks to the Cubs, the Lions have received positive attention in their community, in-White Cloud Lions, and Becky Strong has been one of the creased fundraising and gained new members, sometimes a program’s champions. “As Cubs they can belong to some-thing that does good for whole family at a time. our community that they The Cub program is can see for themselves,” LCI’s initiative to involve says Strong. Without the children ages 12 and Cub program, Strong may under in Lions clubs. not have become a Lion. With no minimum num-“I work and attend school ber of Cubs and no cost full-time so even though I to get started, it’s an easy believe in volunteering, I investment to make for a wanted to do it with an club’s future. When organization that would Cadillac Lion Tim Ander-accept my children so we son found out about the can spend time together,” program, he knew he explains Strong. Now, wanted to bring the con-Strong is witnessing first-cept to his club. “Instead hand the improved self-of letting being a Lion esteem, confidence and take me away from my See the Cadillac Cubs induction script. satisfaction in serving family, I brought my fam-that her children are expe-ily into the Lions,” An-See the Cadillac Cubs incentives sheet. riencing. derson says. Families like the Within a few months Strongs and Andersons the club had welcomed See the LCI Cub Program Activity Guide are revitalizing their clubs five Cubs, a number and creating a brighter fu-which has since doubled. ture. “When we started To make the program successful Anderson knew that it needed to be more than the Cub program, 95 percent of our members were 55 or just a name. “The whole idea had to be tangible. The first older, but now 50 percent are in their 40s or younger,” says thing I did was design a Cub logo and T-shirt. Next, I wrote Anderson. The Cub program is opening doors for new mem-a simple induction script. The Cubs also receive a certificate, bers, as well as for meaningful moments. When Anderson activities book, patch and incentives task sheet.” Anderson was contacted by a woman who wanted to join but would was confident the program was going to work was when his not be able to get childcare for her daughter for meetings, he daughter was sworn in. “Rachael was beaming as she was told her about the Cub program. Anderson says, “She started met with a round of applause and handshakes from the to cry when she realized they could be Lions together. They became Lion and Cub at that night’s meeting.” Lions,” Anderson says. – Jennifer Gilbert Gebhardt The Cadillac Cubs are immediately given age-appropri-ate responsibilities in which they take pride. During the less 46 LION APRIL 2013

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Jennifer Gilbert Gebhardt

<br /> Plant the Seeds of Service<br /> <br /> Cub Program Can Grow Clubs and Future Lions<br /> <br /> At the Cadillac Lions’ meetings, there’s something different about some of the attendees leading the pledge of allegiance, collecting tail twister fines and drawing the winning 50/50 ticket—they’re under 11 years old. Known as Cubs, the youngsters in this Michigan club have not only been an integral part of the club since 2009, they have helped the club grow and gain a new vibrancy. Thanks to the Cubs, the Lions have received positive attention in their community, increased fundraising and gained new members, sometimes a whole family at a time.<br /> <br /> The Cub program is LCI’s initiative to involve children ages 12 and under in Lions clubs. With no minimum number of Cubs and no cost to get started, it’s an easy investment to make for a club’s future. When Cadillac Lion Tim Anderson found out about the program, he knew he wanted to bring the concept to his club. “Instead of letting being a Lion take me away from my family, I brought my family into the Lions,” Anderson says.<br /> <br /> Within a few months the club had welcomed five Cubs, a number which has since doubled. To make the program successful Anderson knew that it needed to be more than just a name. “The whole idea had to be tangible. The first thing I did was design a Cub logo and T-shirt. Next, I wrote a simple induction script. The Cubs also receive a certificate, activities book, patch and incentives task sheet.” Anderson was confident the program was going to work was when his daughter was sworn in. “Rachael was beaming as she was met with a round of applause and handshakes from the Lions,” Anderson says.<br /> <br /> The Cadillac Cubs are immediately given age-appropriate responsibilities in which they take pride. During the less engaging times at meetings, the children grab books, crayons and puzzles out of a pre-filled tote bag with Lions rotating supervision of them. “Remember that these are children and sometimes they will get restless. But I’m sure we all have one or two Lions in our clubs that do the same thing once in a while, right?” jokes Anderson.<br /> <br /> Anderson helped launch a Cub program for the nearby White Cloud Lions, and Becky Strong has been one of the program’s champions. “As Cubs they can belong to something that does good for our community that they can see for themselves,” says Strong. Without the Cub program, Strong may not have become a Lion. “I work and attend school full-time so even though I believe in volunteering, I wanted to do it with an organization that would accept my children so we can spend time together,” explains Strong. Now, Strong is witnessing firsthand the improved self esteem, confidence and satisfaction in serving that her children are experiencing.<br /> <br /> Families like the Strongs and Andersons are revitalizing their clubs and creating a brighter future. “When we started the Cub program, 95 percent of our members were 55 or older, but now 50 percent are in their 40s or younger,” says Anderson. The Cub program is opening doors for new members, as well as for meaningful moments. When Anderson was contacted by a woman who wanted to join but would not be able to get childcare for her daughter for meetings, he told her about the Cub program. Anderson says, “She started to cry when she realized they could be Lions together. They became Lion and Cub at that night’s meeting.”

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