Our meeting productivity has gone up just since we approved the club buying RLTC. We had a great meeting today, in fact.Michael White, JonFund, Inc., 2009 graduate and course enthusiast
Very informative and definitely something that can be applied to our organization as well as other aspects of life.
I have just facilitated a group within our Association through the Strategic Planning Process (learned in RLTC) and they presented their report to our BOD this month. The Strategic Planning Committee produced some great results.Tammy Van Gemert, Waere, NH, 2009 graduate
At first I did not know what to expect of the course, but have found that it is of great value in my personal life, let alone in volunteer situations. I think that you can sell the course as more then a management course for volunteers, but as a course that can be applied in your club relationships, as well as in your real life relationships.
I thought that the section talking about how to run a meeting was the most important one for me to date. Since reading it and trying to follow the steps to the best of my ability I have noticed that our meetings have improved by 100%. I have found that if you lay down the ground rules of the meeting as the first topic of discussion, it is really effective in keeping everyone on topic.
The RLTC has helped my club tremendously in preparing for our annual cleanup. The forms that Del provided helped us formulate a plan with ease. When we ran our cleanup last year it was a select group of few who tried to do everything, but by using the RICS it helped us to delegate jobs to everyone in our group. It helps you to formulate a role for everyone involved in the project, and allows them to see how their role fits in with the big picture.
One thing that may draw people into taking the course is the fact that it is not just a standard "management" type course. I think many leaders in our community forget that they are dealing with volunteers who require a totally different management style then your subordinates at work.
We need new leaders to step up to the plate and lead our community, and I think it would be of some value to let people know that these "new leaders" could be them. 2 years ago I was just another wheeler. I had never been in a club. Never read about the issues facing our community, I was totally blind to it all. I was the guy saying "wow, wonder why they put up a bridge here". Now I am the president of a growing new club. I represent our club at Cal4wheel meetings. Have drug others into volunteering at Cal4 events, fotr events, etc. and yet I am consistently the only person under 30 at every meeting I go to.....where is everyone else????Keith Ratzburg, Four Dice 4 Wheel Drive Club
I am certain that it makes a difference that I had no leadership skills before I started the course. All I had was a desire to do something, but I wasn't sure how to go about it in a way that would be effective. I was also scared to death of public speaking.
Although I'm still just a little nervous about the speaking thing, I am confident that I can hold an effective meeting, organize a trail project, host a convention, speak at land use meetings and write letters to bureaucrats.
My abilities, I feel, have increased 100%. My first meeting is the Region A Meeting on 12/13/03 I suppose that will be a better indicator of how I am doing after taking RLTC.
I have had 3 very positive e-mails this past week, commending me on my efforts. I must be doing something right.
My hope is that Del's RLTC course will catch on in a big way. It would do so much for the hobby that we love. It's definitely worthwhile.Andrea Lyman, Wisconsin 4WD Association (first woman graduate)
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.
I used Module I to revise the Hummer Club’s event planning process which is working out great since we’re working on the 2004 events schedule. I had procedures in place, but your approach has supplied a much improved organization to my events planning. Thanks.Ron Bomhoff, The Hummer Club