If you’re a seasoned veteran of Lions, you know the ins and outs of your club. You know who served as treasurer three years ago, you know what to order at dinner meetings and you probably know the proverbial secret handshake. But if a potential member began asking questions about Lions life in your club, would you know how to answer? Answering questions from a potential member about your club may seem straightforward, but how you answer can quickly become the difference between adding a Lion to your roster and seeing a potentially valuable contributor seek service opportunities elsewhere. When talking with a prospect, always try to put yourself in their shoes—what would I want from joining a Lions club? Here are three of the most frequent questions you might hear from a potential member, along with some guidance for answering them. What type of service does your club do? If you’ve been a Lion for some time, your first thought might be to rattle off some fundraisers and recurring projects. While a routine is a nice thing to have, consider the broader scope of Lions service and the wide variety of activities in which clubs participate before relating specifically your own club’s efforts. When discussing your own club, mention the relationships you’ve established with other organizations in the community. A good answer would sound like this: “The great thing about Lions clubs is the flexibility and openmindedness to do projects that members enjoy. Many clubs perform environmental cleanups, work with youth groups and do building and repair projects for playgrounds and community centers. Our own club has worked with the local school district on educating children about the dangers of drug use, and we’re always looking for other great project ideas.” What are the members in your club like? Once again, the key here is to consider the whole of Lions in a broader scope before dealing specifically with the makeup of your club. With more than 1.3 million members in more than 200 countries, Lions Clubs is an extremely diverse organization that is open and welcoming to those searching for a way to make a difference. Point out that the club is a great way to meet others, and stress that club members are much like the potential recruit— community-minded individuals interested in helping others. I have a very busy schedule that conflicts with club meetings. Is meeting attendance mandatory? The meeting attendance question is an important one. In a perfect world, every Lion would attend every meeting. In reality, family, school and work can intervene. While regular attendance is important, don’t consider it a “make-or-break” issue. Remember that some of the most valuable members in a club may also be involved in other activities. The best approach is to communicate the flexibility of your club and discuss how other members with similar scheduling hindrances handle their involvement with Lions. Being prepared to answer a potential member’s questions can make all the difference in adding a new Lion to your club. Listen, be patient and share the joy of being a Lion!
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