Does anyone know what CEP stands for? It could be Certified Energy Producer. Nope. It could be California Elliptical Products. Nope. It really stands for Club Excellent Process (CEP). This is a Lions Clubs International program (really a process) that was introduced about 3 years ago, that helps clubs become more successful.
Quoting from the CEP Coordinator's Guide: The Club Excellence Process is a workshop program dedicated to enhancing member experience and better serving the community. A CEP Workshop can be conducted in one of two formats: CEP Lite or CEP Pro. CEP Pro is a facilitator-guided workshop and CEP Lite is a self-guided workshop in which a club member acts as the coordinator. In either format, a participating club will examine its community's needs, analyze its membership experience, identify club and LCI resources and develop action plans for moving forward.
The Club Excellence Process is a four-step process that can be delivered in one to four sessions. While I think it is best to have a facilitator as part of the process, if for no other reason than they bring an outsider's view to your club and can offer their experience, the CEP Lite version is available and accommodates the do-it-yourself club. Each club needs to approach the program using the process that they believe to be best for them.
If your club is wondering how to better serve its community and take a fresh look at what they have been doing, CEP is a good place to start. This process is both inward-looking at the club and how it is functioning and outward-looking at the community and its needs. As Phil Jackson (long time Bulls & Laker coach) might have said, "To be successful you need to be in touch with your inner strengths." To be successful, every club needs to find what interests its members (the club's inner strength). To find out, you need to ask them; that is one of ideas behind CEP. Ask the club; ask the community; then make a plan to satisfy both of them.
The place to start CEP is with your District Governor and the LCI website. You will find information about the process at http://www. lionsc/ubs.org/EN/member-centerlmembership-and new-clubs/strengthen-membership/club-excellence process/c/ub-request.php.
You will find the materials and the Lite Guides at http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/commonlpdfs/CEP-Iite guide.pdf and http:llwww.lionsclubs.org/EN/common/ pdfs/CEP-Iite-workbook.pdf.
Lions Clubs International will provide a banner patch to each club that successfully completes one of the CEP programs.
It is great to be a Lion!