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I've been invited to join the Kiwanis. Should I?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by JayFarrar, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    So I've been asked to join the Kiwanis and I know nothing about what they do, or even who is in, but they have a meeting tomorrow and they want me to come by for lunch.
    I did a profile on a guy who is like the chapter president but my article was wholly unrelated to Kiwanis or anything like that.
    Any advice?
    The best line from the guy was:
    "Well, since you're a reporter, don't worry about the dues, we'll cover that."
    And at first I thought "thanks for reminding me I'm poor." But then I thought "maybe they just want me to get some free publicity for their various activities, whatever they might be."
    But then, is that ethical and all that? And should I Facebook him?[/crossthread]
  2. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Are you 90?
  3. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    Hold out for an invite from the Shiners.
  4. Gutter

    Gutter Well-Known Member

    Or Shriners even.
  5. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    I belong to the Elks and Rotary. Two very different organizations, but they each do a lot of good work.
    It can be very good for community relations. More newsroom people should do it.
    I joined the Elks when I still worked ina newsroom, and I think it helped ease some negative perceptions of the paper.
  6. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Rejected by the Masons, eh?

    I'd shoot to be an Elk or an Optimist or even a Son of Norway.
  7. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    I've stayed out of service clubs, but not for any significant reason. I just couldn't devote any time to them with my schedule/travel. I also had no real interest.
    This much is very true - if you join, PAY the dues. If, soon after you join, they start suggesting stories, run.
    I'd check with the brass, too. Does this take you out of covering anything any service club does?

    I was not allowed to be president of my kids' swim team but that's a different case.
  8. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Funny. I always pictured you as more of Sons of the Desert than Son of Norway
  9. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    Elks and Moose are more fraternal.
    Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, etc. are strictly service clubs.
  10. finishthehat

    finishthehat Active Member

    Join the Stonecutters. Steve Guttenberg still needs the help.
  11. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    I joined the Elks when I was still with a newspaper. I never got pressured.
    I got asked: 'How come there's never anything in the paper about our events?'
    I said: 'Does anybody send it in or call the newsroom? I was assistant city editor for two years before moving back to sports, and I can't recall a single calendar item, press release or phone call from the Elks Lodge about an upcoming event.'
    They completely understood, and I reviewed good submission practices with them.
  12. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Join the group with the funny hats.
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