I am now on module three of Del Albright's Recreational Leadership Training Course (RLTC) and I have to recommend this to every club in the NorthEast Association (NEA).
What I have learned in reading and applying this program to our club is overwhelming. I learned a lot.
As a result of this program our club is now making changes that we feel will help us be poised for the kind of growth that we have been getting in the last 12 months. We almost doubled in 03 and, at the current rate of growth, we may well add another 50 members in 2004.
We are currently applying this by completely revamping the way that we organize trail runs. Our new way is going to allow for more leadership development, more volunteerism, and more work to get done for our members.
This is a program that helps build LEADERS. If you think about we, the NEA BOD, are leaders, right? And I know that in the last year I could see signs of some of these leaders getting worn out. Even further, those of us who do get worn out don't know what to do. We have this responsibility but find it hard to see who would replace us, don't we? The RLTC could be the answer to this issue.
If you get the program make sure that you do it with the backing of your club leadership so that they can know that it may mean changes for your club. From there, go through the modules but don't make too many changes until you have done most of the modules. I am saying this because we did NOT do that. We jumped right in. After speaking with Del I have learned that, while we are doing well, we might have made a little more work for ourselves than is necessary.
Once you have gone through it all then start rolling it out. If you are an NEA club and you don't do this program you are missing out. This is something that will give your club a competitive advantage over what other clubs are doing. Trust me! If you start putting this into place you might be torn about telling non NEA clubs about it for fear that they move up to your level.
One of the goals of the RLTC is that there be a consistency from one club to another. To me, that is a great idea Dan Stra, Founder, JonFund, Inc.