Looking for new members? Try a little friendship!
Have you ever gotten dressed and realized that your sock had a hole at the big toe? What did you do? Throw it away and get a new one? Or did you put it on the other foot and hope the other sock did not have a hole in it too. I think that is a little like membership. If something does not work, you do not throw the whole thing away, you need to try something else. Even though this is the May issue of The Oregon Lion, I am writing this article in April, which is membership month, and Lions Worldwide Induction day is April 21st. Sometimes I think we get too serious about “developing membership” and we try too hard to make membership in our club happen. I think we need to create an atmosphere of friendship at our meetings that any visitor can enjoy.
My Club just had a speaker that talked about brewing beer at home. A subject of some interest to me personally, at least the beer part. I think we (my Lions Club) missed an excellent opportunity to invite the public and friends to listen to an enthusiastic speaker talk about a hobby he obviously enjoyed. We learned about the science, the equipment and the many different kinds of beer one can brew at home. What is the difference between a Lager and an Ale? Since the presentation, I now know that it is the yeast and the temperature. But, the best thing about the evening was the fun and shared friendship that happened during the meeting. I know anyone could have enjoyed our evening. The waiter kept asking questions throughout the evening; he would have enjoyed sitting and hearing the presentation. But, the presentation on home brewing beer is just an example of one kind of evening that can lead to reaching your club’s membership goals. If your club has a fun, friendly and interesting Lions meeting that visitors can come to, it is a membership meeting.
Please take the time to read PCC Rod Bach’s article in this issue about the landslide in the Oso/Darrington area of Washington and the collection of funds for those in need in District 19-B. I am sure our Lion friends to the North are doing all they can to help the slide victims and it is an opportunity for the Lions in MD 36 to help also.
Remember the Multiple District 36 Convention is on May 15th and 16th at the Salem Red Lion. International Director John Pettis, Jr. and his wife Liz will be joining us from Merrimac, Massachusetts. Please come and find a new friend.
Make a great day!