I encourage all LLL of NY Leaders to fill out Monthly Group Evaluations (MGEs) after meetings and submit them to their District Advisors. Each District Advisor compiles these reports every six months and shares the data with the Area Coordinator of Leaders (ACL), who forwards the whole New York State report to be part of the USBC report. Even No Group Affiliated (NGA) Leaders need to report any contacts they may have every six months. We want to be sure to give a realistic view of how effective LLL Leaders are in their communities helping mothers and babies breastfeed.
The Monthly Group Evaluation (MGE) reflects the specific data the USBC is interested in collecting. As a by-product of this task, Leaders can see for themselves how effective they may be in their own communities. This can be both a help and a hindrance for Leaders: Helpful in that you can be buoyed if the numbers are steady or growing, but a hindrance if you feel that falling numbers indicate a decreasing need for breastfeeding information in the community.
When low numbers of contacts appear consistently, it may mean that a Leader needs to consider changing meeting location, time, or day to help bolster the numbers of contacts for a meeting. Maybe greater publicity could be needed to improve contact numbers.
District Advisors can assist in brainstorming ideas on how to best utilize your volunteer time and meet the needs of the community you serve. Fellow Leaders can also be a resource for ideas; the LLL of New York Leaders’ Lounge group on Facebook is a great place for this kind of sharing.
Now that the New Year has begun, it’s time for numbers to be collected again. Have you sent your MGEs to your District Advisor? You'll find the form in the Area website's "For Leaders" section. If you are an NGA Leader, you can use the form to report your last six months of contacts, or you can email this info to the ACL to make sure your numbers are included in the final count.
Tracking all our contacts helps us as an Area see how well LLL is thriving in New York State. Be a part of the big picture and send your contact numbers to your District Advisor or the ACL. Not only will your numbers help LLL of New York, you'll also will be helping the USBC to increase access to breastfeeding support.