Rapid Response

March 13, 2012

By Contributor

Membership is declining in local civic organizations (like the Elks, Eagles and Masonic lodges). What can they do/offer to interest you in becoming a member?

Frankly, my impression has been that they are male-centered clubs for smoking, drinking, playing cards and barbecuing, so advertise events more and update their images.

Gail Givan, Issaquah

Stop with the good ol’ boy network and offer new members a genuine opportunity to serve the community in a more impactful way.

Hank Thomas, Issaquah

 

If the community center was used on Friday/Saturday nights to host comedy shows, local music bands or sporting events, such as boxing/cage fighting on a local level, that would work for me. There are many skilled martial arts clubs in the area and I believe the public would support weekend tournaments. Who doesn’t like to laugh? Get a stage and open up to the public with upcoming comedians!

Paul Williams, Issaquah

 

As a Kiwanian, I would encourage folks to join the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah.

Michele Forkner, Issaquah

 

Membership seems to be declining in churches and synagogues as well, along with a decline in voluntarism. I attribute this to this generation’s emphasis on family and personal gratification. It would be interesting to poll people with three questions: “What really matters to you?” “To what extent do you feel you are your brother’s keeper?” and “To what extent are you willing to give of yourself to help make your community a better place?”

Ray Extract, Issaquah

 

These old “social networks” may yet be another victim of the Internet. Perhaps more awareness of the good they bring to our community, and the benefits of a physical social network, rather than virtual.

Bryan Weinstein, Issaquah

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