Helping Clubs in trouble

These are the instructions given to our role players for the Hypothetical on helping Clubs in trouble which I am presenting at District Officer Training in Melbourne, on June 30.

You are the President of Down the Hill Club. Your membership has been declining steadily and is now at 10 members. When your Area Governor visits, and asks if he can help in any way, take the line that the club has problems but we will work them out ourselves, thanks. If he makes any suggestions, be a bit stiff with him, and say that we are doing all those things. When he persists, tell him that we know the club and its members better than him.

You are the Area Governor for Z43, which has a very weak club, Down the Hill. They have only 10 financial members. When you arrive for your first visit, no one welcomes you, you are the only person to speak to a first time visitor and neither you nor the visitor is acknowledged when the meeting starts. After the meeting you speak to the President and attempt to offer help. Make some suggestions for revitalising the club, which include working towards the DCP. If you are rebuffed, keep going for a few rounds.

You are the new President of Down the Hill Club. Your membership has been declining steadily and is now at 10 members. When your Area Governor visits, and asks if she can help in any way, thank her and write down notes of her suggestions. Engage in a constructive dialogue, raising a problem that some of the long term members will not want to do these things, so how do I handle that?

You are the Area Governor for Z43, which has a very weak club, Down the Hill. They have only 10 financial members. When you arrive for your first visit, no one welcomes you, you are the only person to speak to a first time visitor and neither you nor the visitor is acknowledged when the meeting starts. After the meeting you speak to the President and attempt to offer help. Make some suggestions for revitalising the club, which include working towards the DCP, and asking for the appointment of Club Coaches. Engage in a constructive dialogue.

You are the new Seaside Division Governor. At your second Council Meeting in late August, the Z33 Area Governor reports on problems with Down the Hill Club and asks for your advice on how to handle the difficult situation. Engage your Area Governor in a constructive dialogue, which includes a discussion of the characteristics of successful clubs and the use of Club Coaches to revitalise failing clubs.

You are the Z43 Area Governor. At your second Council Meeting in late August, you report on the difficulties you had when you visited Down the Hill Club, and the way the President rebuffed all your attempts to help. Ask for your Division Governor’s advice on how to handle the situation. Engage in a constructive dialogue.

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When I return to Perth, I will publish the helpful conclusions the group came to during the Hypothetical.