There a lot of opportunities to participate in the growth of your community. Specifically, I want to cover organizations such as Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Optimist, etc.
These are not networking groups, but a group where you can put your imprint on your community by volunteering to work on their many and varied projects. This is not a meeting where you hand out your cards. You will be recognized by the effort you put forth in supporting the group’s community outreach.
The distinguishing feature is that the members are there to give of themselves. In the past, I have been a member of several civic organizations. My main gain was the long term friendships that I developed with the other members. I also learned that many of the members were recognized leaders in their industry and active, not only in civic organizations, but in a wide variety of other activities including charities, working with youth and involvement in the local government.
Don’t look for a group unless you are willing to make a long term commitment. Building your reputation and image in the community requires an ongoing effort.
The best way to go about learning about the different groups is to find someone in your data base that is a member and ask them to invite you as a guest. If that is not available to you, search the internet and select a group. You will find that they are eager to have you attend a meeting as their guest.
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