Hi again from Lion PDG Dave. I am currently serving as the Chair of the state committee Finance and Long Range Planning (F&P for short). I was asked to write a column for district newsletters about what happened in the July and August F&P meetings. As I started to do that, it dawned on me that I really need to report on last year’s activities first.
Around 2018-2019 we led a change, approved by the Council of Governors (the 7 sitting District Governors of Multiple District 13 aka COG) to cut mileage in half, and to eliminate meal reimbursements at the state level. F&P suggested, and the delegates in May 2018 approved eliminating two state committees. Finally, F&P adjusted the dues allocation of $12.16 per Lion per year at the state level to try to balance the State Council Fund, the Office Operations fund, and the remaining funds to keep all of them afloat. In my mind in Fall 2018, I thought this would be sufficient for 3-4 years. I was wrong – it made it until August 2019 before some concerns showed up.
For the 2019-2020 year, the Finance and Planning Committee met in July and then in August, and finally with a joint meeting with the Council of Governors in August. F&P has recommended further options to reduce costs and promote a growth in membership. The State Finance & Planning & COG discussed & approved most of the 2019-2020 budgets as well as the current five year forecast.
F&P is working with the Global Leadership Team to reduce costs for June 2020 training of Second and First Vice Governors. We are discussing ways to try to make state conventions more affordable, how to better train, and how to readjust the dues allocation (if practical).
F&P has been busy. I hope to be able to share our progress with you in the November timeframe. We will be looking at the five year forecast. And as a heads-up, we shall be starting to discuss a dues increase for some time in the next few years.
What can you do to avoid a dues increase? That’s all within our control – if we increase the number of Lions in Ohio each year it will delay or even avoid a dues change. Will you choose to help?
Lion PDG Dave Luttrell (Hilliard)
2019-2020 Chair Finance and Long Range Planning Committee
PS. Comments in this note are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily represent the thinking of the F&P Committee or any other Lion.