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As of tonight [Mar. 18th, 2009|03:20 am]
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kesmun
[mood |proud]

I am officially a Melvin Jones Fellow. I pledged a total of $1,000 to Campaign Sight First II a few years ago, and last month, fulfilled my pledge with my last $300 check. This evening (Tuesday, I haven't been to bed yet), I was presented with my plaque and pin by PCC Robinson, who is also our regional chair for CSFII.

I have to brag on my club a little. We are a small club, with roughly 45 members, about 30 of which are active to various degrees - attending at least one meeting per month. Several of our more active members are over 55, a couple north of 75. The club is 42 years old. We are the most consistently 100% club in our district, often 200% or more. We have raised over $32,000 for CSFII. We have the highest percentage of Melvin Jones Fellows in the district, and we are about to hopefully elect the 7th member of our club to eventually become district governor (he'll serve the upcoming year as Vice District Governor, then the following year as DG). Three years (I believe) after his wife served in that capacity.

I am a member of a club to be seriously proud of, and I am definitely that.
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Fantastic! [Apr. 10th, 2008|01:08 pm]
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kesmun
[mood |ecstaticecstatic]

Combining two fantastic things, fans of the tv show Blood Ties are doing an eyeglass drive. See btfgb.
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Inactive members [Jul. 25th, 2007|10:50 pm]
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letmeburyem
I'm wondering what everyone's opinions are about inactive members: those who pay their dues, but don't come to meetings?

Is it more important that you carry these members to help keep your district out of "transition", or is it better to have fewer, but better members?

The whole thing is quite a point of contention in our club.

Also, what are you doing right now to attract new members?
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Convention [Apr. 25th, 2007|11:56 am]
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letmeburyem
Hi folks,
This weekend I'm attending the MD20 (New York and Bermuda) convention in Saratoga. I'm very excited.
I'm a new Lion, and haven't been a member long enough to be a delegate, but I'm looking forward to meeting people and attending some seminars.
I have the convention uniform, but just found out that it's not required every day. For those of you who have attended conventions before, what is the non-uniform dress code? Do you have any advice about what to bring and what to expect?

Thanks!
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Member retention [Apr. 5th, 2007|12:23 pm]
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letmeburyem
Hello Lions,
Question for you all: I'm sure you're in the same boat as we are. We have a large number of members on paper, but a much smaller group of members who attend meetings and events regularly.
I'd love to write a letter to those members to tell them we miss them and would love to see them come back to meetings, but I'm not sure exactly how to word it. I fear inadvertently offending people.
I was thinking of using a spring analogy...like we're ready to bloom, or it's a time for rebirth... Or maybe something along the lines of how farmers rotate their fields to let some rest, and now that you've rested, it's time to come back.
Has anyone done this? Any suggestions on how to phrase this?
Thanks!
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In Transition [Feb. 6th, 2007|07:43 pm]
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letmeburyem
How many of us have clubs in districts that are considered to be "in transition"?

What are you doing to find new members?

Personally, the "in transition" designation bothers me because it is based solely on the number of members a district has, instead of how many people they've helped, how much money they raised, or something else that's related to the work we do. I'd much rather have 10 active members than 100 inactive ones.

Also, what exciting new projects are you working on that you'd like to see other clubs take on?
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Super Bowl Tickets! [Dec. 20th, 2006|06:26 pm]
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letmeburyem
I have just FIVE Superbowl Raffle tickets left, so if you want 'em, you better snag them quickly!

The raffle is being run by the Hendrick Hudson Lions Club, and only 1,000 tickets are being sold. If you buy one ticket, your chances of winning the Superbowl trip are 575,000 times better than the odds of you getting struck by lightning, and 5,999,999 times better than you getting bitten by a shark.

You're also more likely to win the Super Bowl Vacation Trip than you are to pick a four-leaf clover or catch a ball in a Major League Baseball Game! How do you like them apples?

The winner will get a 5-day, 4-night trip to see the Super Bowl in SUNNY MIAMI, airfare, hotel, rental car, Game Day Brunch, Saturday tail Party sponsored by a Special Guest, Tickets to the NFL Experience, The BIG GAME, Superbowl Program & Bag, all breakfasts, taxes, and gratuities.

Tickets are just $20, and all proceeds benefit the Hendrick Hudson Lions Club, and all the good work we do for the community. These make a better stocking stuffer than those scratch-off Lotto tickets...and your chances of winning are a lot better!

Please email me at [redacted] right away if you want a ticket. You can paypal
money to that address. The winning ticket will be drawn January 4.
Thanks!
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websites [Nov. 17th, 2006|03:22 pm]
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letmeburyem
How many of your clubs have websites? How do you utilize them? Are they effective? How long have you had them, and did you get them produced locally or through your district/international site?

How many don't? Why not?
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Welcome! [Oct. 24th, 2006|09:02 am]
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letmeburyem
Hello fellow Lions!

Welcome to our new little community. So many clubs do things so differently, and have such widely-varied projects going on at any one time. I thought this would be a great way for us to share ideas about what works, what doesn't, and the inevitable frustrations that go along with trying to plan anything.

We welcome!

What projects are you currently working on?
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Good Idea [Oct. 23rd, 2006|07:50 pm]
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jemyl
I think this is a great idea!
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