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Fix It: Past Presidents

Sep 29, 2011

Can we fix it? Yes, we can. Check out this common challenge and ideas for fixing it, from the October 2011 issue of Kiwanis magazine. What’s your advice?

It's the beginning of the Kiwanis year. As a past president, how can I best help by club succeed?

“In 2010-11, I served as my club president for the third time, and I have served as a lieutenant governor and as the 2000-01 governor of the Minnesota-Dakotas District. I would like to believe that each time I have been club president that I have done a somewhat better job because of what I have learned from past experience.

“Each Kiwanis club should have a list of goals to be accomplished in the succeeding year. This list should include an action plan for each goal and a time frame in which to accomplish that goal. The goals need to be adopted by the board of directors for the club at the first board meeting of the new Kiwanis year. Goals need to be reviewed periodically during the Kiwanis year to see what has been accomplished and to act as an incentive to accomplish the goals in the time remaining.

“At the end of the Kiwanis year, the outgoing president should review all the goals and report on successes and failures. The incoming president should be encouraged to build on the previous goals and to add to those goals. The outgoing president should volunteer to assist the incoming president with the goal-setting process if the new president wishes to have help. Successful Kiwanis clubs have continuity in their goals as they go from one Kiwanis year to the next.”

Dale R. Carlson
Kiwanis Club of Early Risers, Worthington, Minnesota 

Dale R. Carlson

“The best thing I can do as both a past and current president is ensure that our meetings energize and engage members. It can be a couple of weeks or longer between projects, so we need to keep members’ minds focused on Kiwanis. Meetings should be fun, and camaraderie should be built into each one. 

“Also, it’s super important for past club presidents to get others involved and to make sure all new members know what how it easy it is to help. New members turn into long-term members once they realize the benefits and the warm and fuzzy feeling that comes with giving back. For this reason, as a past president, you must make sure your new members are engaged quickly.”It can be a couple of weeks or longer between projects, so we need to keep members’ minds focused on Kiwanis. Meetings should be fun, and camaraderie should be built into each one.

Kelly Ryan
Meridian, Idaho

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