U.S. veterans have made so many great contributions and sacrificed so much to serve our country. With many service members being honorably discharged from the military, this is a good time to provide them with an opportunity to get involved in their communities. The Involve a U.S. Veteran Program provides qualifying veterans the opportunity to continue serving in a different way as Lions.
Try these simple and easy recruiting ideas to invite Veterans to your club:
Exhibit at a Veteran community event
Drop off brochures at your local VFW location
Use the club press release template
Honor veterans on your social media page
Adopt a new project and invite Veterans to help serve
Start a club branch with veteran members
Many veterans want to find a way to give back, and they have a lot to offer your Lions club, including:
The ability to turn plans into action and get the job done
Practical skills and leadership skills
Dedication, loyalty and commitment
Understanding the importance of teamwork
Ask now! The program is available to the first 5,000 certified U.S. veterans and runs from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015.
Qualifying veterans receive an entrance or charter fee waiver when joining a Lions club. Eligible veterans include retired U.S. military personnel (i.e. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard Services, Marines, National Guard, Navy or Reserves) or those honorably-discharged from these services. Eligible persons may still be enlisted in the National Guard or Reserves. Veterans can be certified by completion of the Involve a U.S. Veteran Program Certification Form.
For additional information, contact the Membership and New Club Programs Department.