Thursday, May 30, 2013
Fraternal organizations continue losing members
The local paper featured a story on its business page that the Araba Temple Shriners plan to sell their building. The subhead read “Fort Myers fraternal charitable group deals with shrinking membership by downsizing.”
The story said “Shriners here are dealing with a nationwide issue for fraternal organizations, experts say: The groups that blossomed in the 1950s and ’60s are slowly losing ground to the Internet among later generations.”
It reported that the Shriner’s members has fallen from 1,250 when the temple was built in 1967 to 800 today.
All this reminded me of Jim Nagel’s guest blog on SCD Daily back in February 2012. In a post he headlined What's Happening at Service Clubs, Jim outlined his thoughts on when membership in service clubs is declining.
It’s worth your read.