Kiwanis launch drive for new members

The Kiwanis Club of Red Deer is looking for a few good men and women. In an experience shared by service clubs across Canada, the local Kiwanis Club has an aging membership.

The Kiwanis Club of Red Deer is looking for a few good men and women.

In an experience shared by service clubs across Canada, the local Kiwanis Club has an aging membership.

That’s why the service club has launched a push to encourage new members to see what Kiwanis is all about and join an organization that has raised millions in Red Deer over the past 50 years.

“Our recruiting drive is basically to try to get 10 new members a year for the next five years,” said Brent LaBrosse, recruiting drive co-ordinator and an 11-year Kiwanis member.

“The average age of our club is around 70 years of age. So we’re trying to bring the median age down and get some new recruits interested in doing some service work in the community and getting the Kiwanis name back out there.”

All new members are welcomed, but the group would especially like to see members in their 30s to 50s come and check out what the club has to offer.

“If you look at the history of the club here in Red Deer, they have done some tremendous things,” said LaBrosse, who became a Kiwanis member in North Bay, Ont., and signed up locally when he moved to Red Deer to work at the college nine months ago.

The Kiwanis Club has sponsored numerous initiatives such as Safety City, Camp Sherbino for Girl Guides, the Kiwanis Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts, Ronald McDonald House, Twilight Homes Foundation and the Golden Circle, among many others.

The club has 57 members and LaBrosse said they are looking to boost their service work in the community with help from new members.

Besides the philanthropic benefits, joining clubs such as Kiwanis offers a social aspect and opportunity to meet others residents from all walks of life.

Kiwanis members will be at the Bower Place Shopping Centre from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. today. For information, go to www.reddeerkiwanis.org.

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