Waupaca Lions discover social media
"About a year ago, we created a Facebook page. Mainly, in the beginning, we thought it would be a useful tool to communicate within the club. But as I talk to businesses, I see it's a better way to communicate with the community," said Todd Mallasch, who joined the Waupaca Lions Club in October 2007.
He said Facebook allows the club to give weekly updates and is the best way for people to find out what the club is doing.
"We have done a lot of good things, and we continue to," Mallasch said.
The club recently added a bit of an incentive to drive more traffic to its Facebook page.
Those who "like" the Waupaca Lions Club will now be eligible for monthly giveaways that are donated by local businesses.
"If you're following us, we appreciate all the support," he said. "Using Facebook is a nice way to have that exchange going on, plus there's the potential of new members."
Mallasch describes it as a great club to be a part of because of the amount of community service it provides while also offering members the opportunity to network.
Dale Matheson is president of the local Lions Club, and he wants potential members to know it is not just their grandfather's or father's club. It is a club he hopes young men consider joining.
"It's a chance to give back to the community," he said. "We have a lot of fun, too."
Mallasch said one of the things that sold him on joining was the the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt. It offers camping sessions for children with visual, hearing and mild cognitive disabilities and also camping sessions for children with diabetes.
"People see us selling the candy for Candy for Camp Days. When we start getting a following (on Facebook), we will post more pictures," he said.
The club's goal is to bring more awareness to what it does.
"We do more than sell raffle tickets and roses," Matheson said.
This spring, the Waupaca Lions Club sold more than 700 dozen roses. For the first time, the club also sold roses online at its website waupacalions.com.
Approximately 12 dozen roses were sold online.
The club sells candy, roses and pancakes to support local and state projects.
The Waupaca Lions Club meets on the first and third Mondays of the month at Simpson's Restaurant, with socializing at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 6:30 p.m. The club typically has a guest speaker at the second meeting of the month.
The club has been here since 1925 and is among the oldest in the state, Matheson said.
Those who are interested in joining may call him at home at 715-258-7833.
"They can also just come to a meeting," he said. "We don't meet during the summer. We are busy with summer activities."
Those activities include the annual Fly-in Breakfast, which is held on Father's Day at Waupaca Municipal Airport, their steak fry, their work at the foundry's picnic, the Candy for Camp Days fundraiser and parking cars at the Iola Car Show and at the Waupaca Triathlon.
"Members can choose what they want to be involved in," Matheson said.
Yet other ways to serve are by volunteering at the recycling center or by building handicap ramps.
Matheson wants his members to know that Facebook is a tool that is available.
Mallasch said those who are following the club there will immediately know what the club is doing.
"It's about getting the word out," he said.
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