Dedicated individuals and clubs abound in the Texas-Oklahoma District, which is currently ranked number one worldwide in total number of Model and 100K Clubs. Pleasant Grove, an 18-member club in Dallas, Texas, was ready to share in this success. The club recently became the 66th Model Club in the district.
Model Clubs pledge to raise an annual per-member average of US$150 or more each year for five years.
The Pleasant Grove club first got involved with The Eliminate Project last year. Since then, the club has committed to help save or protect 416 lives per member. Pleasant Grove member Joy Vosburg shares more about the club’s commitment to save women and babies from tetanus.
Why did your club decide to become a Model Club?
The Texas-Oklahoma District and our division, Division 2, are leaders in supporting The Eliminate Project through the Model Club initiative. Plus, two of our members are awarding George F. Hixson Fellowships to individuals through our club. These incredibly generous gifts help make our goal attainable.
How has participation in The Eliminate Project affected member participation and new member recruitment?
We are a brand new Model Club. Going forward, it will give us another opportunity to highlight the mission, our local efforts and the international impact.
How does your club plan to raise the money?
One of our members suggested collecting “birthday bucks” donations from club members. We also sponsor an annual community event called Grovefest – all proceeds from our bake sale and booth will be donated toward our goal.
What advice or encouragement would you offer other clubs who might be considering a Model Club commitment?
It takes a commitment and some generous individual giving. But when you break it down and look at the cost versus the reward, it is really easy to support this effort. We are literally saving lives.