Todd Schwartz 2014-11-12 00:34:10
Jim Bennett New Haven Lions Club, Connecticut Age 65 | Retired Client Services Manager Joan Bennett New Haven Lions Club, Connecticut Age 70 | Retired Sales Manager Jim: Age is an issue for our club—the average age is over 70—but getting new members is all about just asking! We could double our membership if we all just asked one person. Just ask! My dad joined Lions in 1957, and I remember lots of laughter and fun among his fellow Lions when I was a kid. He was president of the club, but no one asked me or my brother to join! Just ask! I finally joined in 1980. Joan: Jim asked me to join in 1992. Later that year he asked me to marry him. I think I had to pass the Lions test before I could pass the marriage test! I agree that it’s all about getting out there and asking people to participate. We chartered a Leo club to get young people involved. And I have been the chairperson for recruiting volunteers—it’s so rewarding, when I get them to come once I have them for life! Jim: We’ve both been district governors. Our closest friends are Lions. We spend our vacations with other Lions. I guess our lives kind of revolve around family, Lions and church—and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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