EP?Lions discuss membership plan

EAST PALESTINE – The East Palestine Lions Club met recently and heard Calcutta Lions Club member Paul Metrovich talk about the “Ohio Plan,” which he created to increase membership in the Lions International service organization.

Metrovich said his membership-building plan uses an individualized approach and has four basic steps a motivational phase, a survey phase, an outreach phase and a “Prospective Member Night.” He handed out sample invitational letters for review and said, “The more Lions we have, the easier it is to provide service to others. By following my plan without skipping any of the four steps I’ve outlined, you will get new members.” He also gave out sample contact letters for review and offered his assistance to the East Palestine Lions in helping them implement the Ohio Plan.

President Cindy Fletcher presided at the meeting and Tamra Hess gave the treasurer’s report before the group voted to support the Melvin Jones Eye Care Foundation with a $50 donation.

In old business, a change in the noon meeting location was discussed and the matter was tabled; plans were made for participation in the East Palestine Street Fair and the annual Alice Street Sale. A report was also given on the Lions’ participation as volunteers in East Palestine’s recent Dog Days event.

President-elect Brian Brinegar reminded everyone the installation of new officers is slated at 6:30 p.m. June 26 at the East Palestine Library with District Governor John Woodside serving a the installing officer. He also said club’s next meeting will be June 12 at Bojangles Restaurant.

Guests at the meeting were Lions Linda Metrovich from the Calcutta Lions Club, Don and Ruby Heldman from the Wellsville Lions Club and Dave Forinash from the New Waterford Lions Club.