Lake Life


Kiwanis meet new Lt. Governor
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 opportunity.
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 southwest.
The Cedar Creek Lake club has one of the largest memberships in the district, he added.

Library summer 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 skills.
Librarian Marsha Hodges headed up the Summer Reading program this year.





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