Just months before they celebrate 70 years of service, the North East Lions Club is recruiting new members.
"We're open to and are looking for fresh ideas. We're at the point where we are struggling to put things in motion. We are looking for new ideas and fresh thoughts," said North East Lions Club President Michelle Manfredi.
Manfredi said that club, whose motto is "We Serve" has about 50 members. But less than a third are active. "We have older members who have passed on. We have other older members who can't help with events anymore," said Manfredi, who lives in Annapolis, but commutes to the twice monthly meetings.
The club meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month at North East River Yacht Club. The fourth Thursday meeting is for board members, but all are welcome to attend.
They've had to strike up partnerships to keep long standing fundraisers alive. Boy Scouts from Troop 131 help with the annual Christmas tree sales held at North East Plaza.
One of the efforts as part of the tree sales is that people can purchase a tree for a family in need.
Other fundraisers for the Lions Club include video horse racing, and chicken barbecues. There is also the Candy Days which fund leader dogs.
These events pay for Lions various causes: eye exams for those in need, school supplies, and scholarships.
"It's a great organization if you want to help everybody. The camaraderie helps you make connections in the community and you learn history," Manfredi said. "We definitely need some help - new thoughts and new momentum. We're at the point where we struggle to put things in motion."
Anyone interested in joining the North East Lions Club may contact club secretary Greg Smith by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-287-5173. Dues are about $70 per year. You may also contact Michelle Manfredi at 610-368-8060 or email email@example.com.