Carroll Accepts the Chair Challenge
After holding the role of ENF Chair for only one year, Mike Carroll helped Bessemer, Ala., Lodge No. 721 finish 19th nationally in the 2011-12 Chair Challenge contest. This annual contest recognizes Lodges for having a successful fundraising program in support of the ENF. Their high standing motivated Carroll and the Lodge members, and in 2012-13, they set their sights on placing even higher.
Their hard work paid off. This year, the Bessemer Lodge, under Carroll’s guidance, finished first in the nation in the Chair Challenge contest.
How did Carroll lead his Lodge from 19th to first in the nation in only one year? He shares some tips on having a successful fundraising program.
With the 2012-13 Chair Challenge success under its belt, the Bessemer Lodge looks forward to accomplishing even more during the 2013-14 year.
“Our goal this year,” says Carroll, “is to exceed every accomplishment we have achieved in the past.”
The Lodge plans to hold more frequent fundraisers—including an ENF Month fundraiser in October. The Lodge also plans to promote the ENF Fidelity Club. Carroll, a member of the Fidelity Club, enjoys encouraging members to give a recurring gift.
“We already have eight members, including myself, who give a recurring gift,” he explains. “Our goal this year is to enroll 10 new members.”
When not busy as ENF Chair, Carroll participates in Community Investments Program grant projects which allow the Lodge to give back to the community. Thanks to CIP grants, the Lodge will host seminars for at-risk youth, compete in softball games for disabled community members, and support seniors and families in need during the holidays.
Despite his outstanding success in the 2012-13 Chair Challenge contest, Carroll remains humble in his seat as first place Lodge in the nation.
“The Lodge members are the ones who accomplished our goals of winning the Chair Challenge,” says Carroll. “I couldn’t have achieved this by myself. My reward comes when I see a smile or hear ‘thank you’ from those that we help in the community.”