Eda Medina de Wong, a past governor of the Andean and Central America district, mentors clubs struggling in the areas of leadership, membership or service. She says successful clubs first need to recognize smaller, weaker clubs. Instead of building competition between small and large clubs, she advocates building support and helping smaller clubs network. It’s also important to include the smaller club members in activities of larger clubs—that way members feel they are serving and contributing. When working with a struggling club, Wong emphasizes:
- Communication: Frequent telephone and electronic communication helps to constantly monitor progress.
- Commitment: “Give the members responsibilities and make them feel committed.”
- Training: Don’t leave new leaders alone. They need to feel like they are supported and have someone who will help them along the way.
- Service: That way, “members will understand the mission of the organization.”
- Friendship: Inviting a new member is like inviting a friend to be a part of the Kiwanis family.
Read more about Eda Medina de Wong and the clubs she’s nursed back to health in the April issue of Kiwanis magazine