Imagine a situation in which a club coach has an entire team of people helping a struggling (“coachable”) club. That is what a buddy club looks like. And buddy clubs are a win-win situation.
The buddy helps the coachable club to incorporate strong club concepts. The coachable club allows the buddy team members to sharpen their leadership skills. Everybody wins!
Buddy Clubs are one of the ways that an entire team will be able to earn “Servant based Leader” points and awards starting in August. (Stay tuned for details!) Although only two people can earn club coach credit and must ensure the club achieves distinguished status in the allotted time, other team members can get pathways credit, club points, and win prizes.
How the buddy club interacts with the coachable club is an agreement between the two. Follow the example below to see how it could work. The list of scenarios is endless.
Buddy Club decides that Christine Neil will get credit for Coach since she is working on finishing her DTM.
Her HPL is aimed at increasing membership to 25 for this club. She also gets credit for a Pathways Level 4 elective, leading a team.
As part of that HPL, Betty Puckett develops a PR strategy which includes hosting two Open Houses for the Club. She gets credit for the Level 4 Elective.
Al Schwab is also on the team and gets credit for helping Betty with her PR Strategy under the Level 3 project Making Connections through Networking. His part of the program is to visit local businesses and take them flyers about the Open Houses at Audie’s Orators. He is already a member of the club.
Also under Chris’s HPL, Ginny Shannon helps the club build a Social Media Presence and gets credit for the Level 4 Pathways project.
In a separate project for Audie’s Orators, Jason Wold decides to work with the club members to inspire them to take on officers roles. He gets credit in Level 3 for Inspiring his Audience.
He also gets Level 4 credit for teaching them how to get up to speed with Pathways by Managing an Online Meeting. His other elective used with this club is Question-and- Answer session.
The buddy team takes turns being at the meetings so no one has to devote too much time to the project. It is a team effort.
They all choose to help with the Open House, but usually only one of them is at any given meeting.
The person or persons getting actual credit as a coach must meet all the requirements set out by TI that can be found here https://www.tmd55.org/sponsor-mentor-coach.html. Other members of the buddy club are under no time requirements. The team decides how each member will participate based on what the coachable club needs. One club might need more help with a membership drive while another might need more help organizing their meetings. Buddy teams can help with multiple projects.
If your club is interested in being a buddy club, please reach out to the Club Growth Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.