With lodges back in full swing, a lot of members are thinking of ways to raise awareness of Sons of Norway in their community and recruit new members. If you are a long-time reader of the R&R, then you know we’ve discussed a lot of different options for local lodges. This month, however, we are going to discuss one of the most efficient and cost effective options: utilizing promotional items and clothing that have the Sons of Norway logo and your lodge name on them.

There are a lot of companies out there that offer these items, but Sons of Norway highly recommends a company called EGroup. They have been our supplier of choice for promotional clothing, hats, mugs, membership pins and recognition plaques for years. In fact, they’ve been a sponsor of our International Convention for the last six years and their owner even attended Camp Norway when he was a young man! So, EGroup knows Sons of Norway very well and understands what our members like.

EGroup can provide items that are conversation starters for times when you are speaking with people who aren’t aware of Sons of Norway. Once they see our logo on your shirt or coffee mug they are likely to ask about what Sons of Norway is. When they do, it’s a lot easier to transition into a recruitment message where you can ask or encourage them to join. Also, for those who are aware of our organization, their first question will often be, “how do I get one of those?” Again, this makes it easier to talk about joining and all of the benefits of membership.

If this sounds like something you think would benefit your lodge, check out EGroup’s website. They have a HUGE online product catalog, where you can view literally thousands of items. They also have a great search function, so if you are looking for a particular item you can find it. Some of the most popular items include: the famous red vests, a coffee mug, a baseball cap or a hooded sweatshirt. The process for designing items and ordering them is very easy.