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Would You Term Yourself A "Belly" Rotarian, Elk, Kiwanis, Mason, Jaycee Or Grange Member?


You joined a local service club or organization. You pay the yearly dues.

And you use the knife and fork at two maine brothers, maine beach sceneany meals put on. But is that about it? You joined for the food? Or if you are looking for an easy fund raiser to provide funds for other worthwhile local charities like the local library, the humane society's animal shelter, or to help area youth in everything from little league to soap box derby racing, this is a suggestion. You'll have as much fun as the two lads at a Maine beach to the right working on the project with your club members and get to know them better, away from work.


If you town is lucky enough to have a local radio stations like we do in Houlton Maine, WHOU radio, approach them about taking it over for a day.

Have the local club members assigned two or three advertisers to call on and one of them if usually the business they own in a club like Rotary. Write the copy for the advertiser. Collect the air time charge from a varied list of advertising budget options. Assign announcer's schedules. If a club member is a little big worried about going on air alone, filled with stage fright, then pair them up with another member. The hour of music programing will be the stuff they listen too. It is interesting as a radio listener to hear what they are serving up next. You see another personal side of the person, not just the business leader image in your community.

     The Rotarian, Kiwanian, Elk or whatever club member reads the ads they collect, reports the local news, weather and intros the songs. Plus the event beside raising ad revenue for those local charities is like a day long advertisement for what your local service club has done over the years. Why folks should consider joining and to get behind the other year long projects your group does for the good of the local community. There is nothing stronger then the heart of a fully charged, enthusiastic local voluteer. The Radio Day shows that passion for the area, the cause the club gets behind to support.

     Overhead and costs? Not much with this fund raiser. No food booth to clean up, set up and hustle to peddle hot dogs and pizza slices at. No facility to set up, run and tear down and clean. Just show up for your shift at the station, and prior to that type out the ads for two or three businesses on what they want broadcast, to tell listeners about. Many of the advertisers are not regular radio customers either. They come out to support the worthwhile local Rotary projects in the case of Houlton Maine who's club has had lots of success over the years with this media vehicle. You pay the station something for a board operator and the same ads, church services if done on a Sunday run as scheduled. It makes the local radio or tv station look like they are proud, reaching out to the community to meet a worthwhile need.

The Houlton Maine Rotary Club has lots of fund raisers and other local activities. Check out the videos below for fund raising ideas that are fun!


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Comment balloon 3 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • October 27 2009 08:15AM


Andrew, just saw your post on Twitter and the title grabbed me, especally when I saw "Grange". That brought back some memories for me, since my father was heavily into our local grange and Odd Fellows when I lived in Windham, Maine back in the early 70's. My mother was likewise into the Rebekahs. My father had me and my brother work our way up thru the various stations and I can still remember memorizing the words to the ceremonies. We also did some small fund raising back then, but it was a small grange so it wasn't anything elaborate. Still, they were good times and I remember them fondly 35+ years later.

Posted by Pat & Wayne Harriman, Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate (Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499) almost 11 years ago

The granges were pretty big in these parts..farming back ground areas where they were a slew of farmers. The Masons are big in Houlton and thanks for bringing that up so I mention them again here. It is fun working on a local fund raiser for something needed that no one else will do if you the small local community does not get behind it.  Windham Maine...have skiied there and had a TKE fraternity brother named Rod Jordan from there who runs Sebago Garden's Florist Shop with his wife..or did the last I knew.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) almost 11 years ago

That's so funny, I knew a Rodney Jordan in high school in Windham, we graduated in 1973 together. I'll wager they are one and the same; most of the people I knew back then stayed in the area so it could well be him.

Posted by Pat & Wayne Harriman, Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate (Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499) almost 11 years ago

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