Communication Task Force
This month I want to report on the August Council of Governor’s meeting. As the mystery writers say, something new and exciting is afoot. The Council is in the process of forming a Communication Task Force to look at the way we are communicating with members in the Multiple District. The goal is to make certain that not only are the District Governors being heard, but that the clubs have the opportunity to hear and see what is going on around the MD.
The Council feels everyone should be able to access the activities of Lions in the MD. But, why is this important at this time? It is being driven by the MD budget. I think it was only three years ago we had to increase the MD dues. The loss of members then and now has continued to shrink the MD budget. We can no longer provide assistance to programs for membership and leadership that are vital to the Lions of MD 36 without increasing dues again or finding a way to lower the cost of portions of the budget.
One of the larger items in the budget is the printing of The Oregon Lion and it is one of the few items in the budget that is not fixed. Therefore, can we find a way to communicate at a lower cost and not raise membership dues? The Task Force’s mission as stated in brief is: The Council of Governors wishes to communicate with all members of the Multiple District, to find ways to reduce the cost of producing a monthly newsletter (The Oregon Lion) and to explore the possibilities of utilizing electronic media in that communication.