Visiting clubs is ingrained in Lionism, so much so that in 1965 LION Magazine was compelled to run a story on it. In the slightly melodramatic style of the time, the headline was: Welcome Strangers, How Your Club Cares For A Guest Determines Whether He’ll Be a Lion Friend or Club Enemy. Written by Lion Glenn Kerfoot of Lexington, Kentucky, the story contains a lot of straightforward advice: “Every club should maintain a special greeter committee made up of handpicked Lions noted for their friendliness and ability to make others feel at ease. … Every club should review its own hospitality proceedings periodically to make sure guests are being welcomed properly. … A visiting Lion should always be introduced to the group during the meeting and, if time allows, he might be asked to say a few words.” (The article long predates the acceptance of women as members, hence the use of “he” and “his.”) Kerfoot warns Lions to “be aware of practical jokes.” A visiting Lion who had his tie cut in half “became so upset that he left in a huff, vowed never to visit that club again and didn’t.” Showing that common sense never goes out of style, Kerfoot concludes his story by invoking the Golden Rule. “Treat your visitors the way you like to be treated when you are a guest. You could still go wrong, but it won’t easy.”
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