When you get a new person to attend your meeting, you’re more than halfway to signing up another Lion. The Denver Lions Club in Colorado is on a quest to have a membership ledger of 210 Lions in 2010. In this bustling town with almost 600,000 diverse citizens, First Vice President Steven Krebsbach said the group is leaving no stone unturned. Among the many causes the club supports, the group contributes to Savio House, a program for at-risk youth and their families and the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute. They also perform vision screenings for children. Krebsbach said the group currently has 166 members and is optimistic about its goal. The club has pulled out all the stops to reach this recruiting landmark. “The more guests you get, the better your chances are that you’ll get more members,” Krebsbach said. To get more new people in seats at every meeting, Krebsbach and President Ned Nagle decided to host a raffle; every Lion who brings a guest receives a ticket for each guest during a six-week period. “[Nagle] has one of the places up in the mountains and he thought that would be a good idea if he donated a weekend up there,” Krebsbach said. “We wanted to really concentrate a certain amount of time, like four to six weeks, that we emphasized the value of bringing a guest to the lunches and give it a lot of attention and give it a highlight with our members.” The club has held raffles twice in the past year. For the first raffle, each winner was able to choose a weekend getaway at three different summer homes. They put out the word that they were looking for prizes for this drawing, and all the getaways were donated by Lions. “We had some nice prizes, so we had to figure out a way to take advantage of it,” Krebsbach said. For the second raffle, the club offered Denver Broncos tickets, Colorado Rockies tickets and a 15-inch LCD computer monitor, all donated by Lions. Through this effort, Krebsbach said the club has added six more Lions. In the future, he said they plan to shift the raffle from rewarding Lions who bring guests to rewarding those who sponsor the most new Lions.
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