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Make Your Lions Club a Family Affair

June 15, 2010

In the June issue of LION Magazine, we highlighted a club that has incorporated multiplefamily club-2 generations into its projects and meetings. The Phoenix Adobe Mountain Lions Clubs aims to help other families in need using their unique and diverse skill sets.  They’ve provided household necessities to needy teenagers and helped build a home for a woman who is blind.

Here are some ideas on how to expand your membership and reach out to help families:

  • Invite spouses and children to club meetings.  Nominate a spouse as well as a younger member to serve as the official welcome person who will mentor these potential new members.
  • Vary your service projects. Ensure your club has hands-on service projects that appeal to different members.
  • Be open to new ideas. Don’t get caught up in the way your club has always done something if a new member has an idea about how to improve upon your processes.
  • Consider adopting a family for the holidays. Many local organizations will pair your club with a family in need.
  • Sponsor a school supply drive. Often, various forms of public assistance will not cover the vital tools that make learning possible.
  • Reach out to a women’s shelter. These locations typically need non-perishable foods along with toiletries, diapers, baby food and household goods, which Lions can collect as a group of expand to a community-wide effort.

What does your club do to help families in need? Let us know in the comment section.

  1. Joe Arens permalink
    August 27, 2010 11:24 am

    Our club just completed our biggest fundraiser of the year – making and selling tacos at the local County Fair. 5 days plus a prep day resulted in sharing approx. 11,000 tacos with our community. Also have 4 new prospective members who really enjoyed the work.

  2. Jeff Wolfe permalink
    June 15, 2010 3:24 pm

    The Phoenix Adobe Mountain Lions Clubs serves as a great example of what it takes to grow a solid chapter. Hats off to them!

    I’ve been very pleased with our chapter in Dacula, Georgia because my wife and I have been able to involve our two kids in several projects.

    My son and daughter have helped with a food drive, White Cane activities, Snow Cone sales (in a partnership with the Snellville, Georgia chapter) and have attended many meetings.

    It’s important for me to get them involved, since I want to leave them with a legacy of serving.

    The Lions Club has definitely been a great experience for our entire family!

    • June 16, 2010 8:04 am

      Thanks for letting us know Jeff! Glad to hear you’re getting your kids involved in helping others … sounds like you have a great club in Dacula too. 🙂

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