Make Your Club Family Friendly

In the February issue of LION Magazine, Lions in Kentucky shared their secret to successful club projects. The Middletown Lions Club made $12,000 last year by cooking up bratwurst, burgers and hot dogs at outside concerts that cater to a variety of audiences. Families Fundraiser--The Family That Cooks Togetherworked the grills together while concert-goers enjoyed a Beatles cover band, blue grass, gospel and Oldies music.

But their success is just the beginning. By inviting family members to participate in activities, this club has embraced the Move to Grow campaign. Your club can, too. It’s easy to double the size of your club when you invite your members’ spouses and children to participate.  Here are some easy ideas to get you started:

  • Try a venue change. If your club always meets at one place, try moving your meetings to a member’s home or a more casual restaurant where kids and spouses would be comfortable.
  • Set up a table for kids. Add crayons, cards, snacks or quiet games. Make sure meetings are a special treat for kids and they’ll have fond memories of their parents’ Lions meetings. And, the whole family is more likely to come back for the next meeting.
  • Make recruiting couples a priority. Emphasize the ability to volunteer together.
  • Once a quarter, hold a family night and ask your older members to bring their adult children. Use this meeting to talk about what the club has accomplished in the previous month and what activities are planned for the following quarter. Let these family members know about the different types of membership so they’re aware that they can take part in these upcoming activities as a Lion without having to attend every meeting.

For more ideas on recruiting spouses, download the “We Need You” brochure or share your recruiting tips in the comments section.

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