Kiwanis meet new
Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–The keys to growing a club’s membership is 1) attracting
new members and 2) keeping the ones you have.
“A lot of times, the second one (keeping members) is just as difficult,”
Ross Brunner, the new Kiwanis Lt. Governor, told the Cedar Creek Lake
Kiwanis club at their weekly luncheon Wednesday.
Brunner is a Flint resident and member of the Bullard Kiwanis club.
Brunner is coming in early as Lt. Governor, replacing Bob Tucker (a
member of the Athens club), who is moving to take advantage of a job
There are four keys to recruiting new members, Tucker said:
• Develop a prospect list, and give that list to the more outgoing
members for them to approach.
• Talk with friends and acquaintances about Kiwanis. “That’s probably
the best way,” he added.
• Have good guest speakers, and approach them about becoming members.
Tucker said the president of the local chamber of commerce was invited
as a guest speaker, and later became a member.
• Wear a “Ask Me About Kiwanis” button (available for about $2), and
know what to say when people do ask.
The main point for any new member to know is Kiwanis is about and for
children, Brunner said.
“Our prime directive is ‘changing the world one child, and one
community, at a time’,” he said.
When recruiting new members, one should be able to describe the club’s
activities, tell that individual about the benefits of membership, and
what would be expected of him/her as a member, he said.
Plus, one should follow up – contact members who haven’t attended in a
while, and make sure they know they’re missed, Brunner said.
“When you have new members, you’ll have new ideas,” he said. “You need
to use those new ideas as much as possible.
“Also, recognize a job well done publicly,” he added.
A successful club keeps members informed about ongoing activities and
who’s doing what, he said.
“Make your meetings as meaningful as possible,” he said.
As Lt. Governor, Brunner said he would attempt to be at each of the 10
clubs in District 26 at least three times, and would be holding four
division meetings during the next few months.
District 26 clubs range from Kemp and Cedar Creek Lake in the northwest
to Bullard in the northeast, Rusk in the southeast and Corsicana in the
The Cedar Creek Lake club has one of the largest memberships in the
district, he added.
program a success
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Wal-Mart donated a bicycle to the winner of the Summer Reading
Program at the Tri-County Library.
The winner was Dillon Fellows.
Each child attending entered their name in the drawing each time they
participated in one of the activities.
Mitchell Harris and Dalton Cubine won dinners at Papacita’s.
Pizza from the Pizza Hut was enjoyed by all on the last day of the
program June 30, after the drawing.
The organized programs are over but all readers will keep winning
special treats donated by Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, Burger King and Pizza
Inn, as they turn in their reading logs.
Libraries are diligent with the Summer Reading Programs to keep young
people reading during the summer so they won’t regress in their reading
Librarian Marsha Hodges headed up the Summer Reading program this year.