We’ve all heard that life is tougher in Alaska. Rugged landscapes and vast unpopulated areas make finding new Lions in the 49th state a challenge. District 49 B Governor Eleazar “Bill” Baker said it’s nothing for Lions to travel 600 miles for a district convention. “We are a traveling group of Lions,” Baker said. Baker said the district came up with the idea of a Glove Box Kit as a way to recruit new members in this on-the-go atmosphere. “I continually saw Lions run into prospective members and they didn’t have the tools to connect with these people,” Baker said. “They didn’t have any paper, they didn’t have any pen, they didn’t have any notebook. These connections would be dropped.” Each Glove Box Kit contains the Lions Constitution and Bylaws, membership applications, a complete list of the seven different membership positions at the club level, a brochure put together by the club that includes contact information, brochures ordered from LCI, a copy of the mission statement, business cards of the recruiting Lion, a notepad and pens. The district also provides tips for recruiting. All of the contents fit into a zip-top bag and remain in members’ glove boxes. “It was a tool that we wanted to give to our members because when they meet Lions, they’re usually on the road. All that training material is left at home,” Baker said. “It’s a beefed-up communications tool for bringing in new members.” Baker said the district assembled about 250 of these kits during the past three to four years. He said because most Lions print articles at home and they have a Lion who prints materials for them, the kits only cost about $1 each. When all the tools are together and within reach, Baker says it’s easier for Lions to provide quick information whether they’re attending an event or flipping pancakes at a fundraiser. “We can’t really quantify that this brought in so many member per week, per month or per year,” Baker said. “It’s a good tool for your Lions to have in their recruitment.”
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