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Joe’s Special

Here are a few facts, figures, and notable quotes that I’ve come across recently.  I found them fascinating.  Hope you do, too…

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Lessons from Lions…

We've all heard of the Lions Club.  Many of us know them as the group that collects used eyeglasses for those who can't afford them.  I'll bet more than a few of you are active members of the club in your home town. 

The Lions are a service club, not a fraternal benefit society.  But like almost every membership organization in the U.S., they are struggling to adjust to societal changes that have resulted in a declining membership and a struggle to remain relevant to the next generation of members. There are many parallels between fraternals and the Lions, and there is much we can learn from them.

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10 Things I Learned at the Fraternal/Communications Sections Meeting…

The just-concluded Fraternal and Communications Sections Mid-Year Meeting was an eye-opener.  Most, if not all, of the speakers focused heavily on communicating with and selling products to the next generation of fraternal members – Gen X-ers (born between 1965-1979) and Millennials (born between 1980-2000).  If your society is planning on sticking around and staying relevant, the information presented during the Section meeting was absolutely invaluable.  Here’s a quick review of what I learned when it comes to the getting those 20- and 30-somethings involved in your organization:

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Want new members? Leave the lodge and look online…

In case you missed it, here’s a link to an article in last Sunday’s Parade magazine about a recent survey on the boom in volunteerism in the U.S.  My question to you, dear readers, is:  How is your society capitalizing on all this "latent fraternalism"?

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10 Revelations from the Fraternal & Communications Sections Meeting

Last week’s Fraternal & Communications Sections Mid-Year Meeting continued a series of well-attended Section meetings that featured enlightening speakers, engaged audience members, and enthusiastic roundtable discussions that didn’t just recite the long list of problems facing the fraternal system, but generated ideas on how participants – that’s you and me – can work together to stabilize the system in 2009 and expand the fraternal footprint in 2010.  Here are the ten revelations I took away from the meeting:

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