It's been only nine months since Edinboro firefighters opened a social club as an alternative way to raise funds for the department.  The results have exceeded expectations.

The department has to rely on people in the community to join the social club for it to be successful. Memberships now stand at 3,700, which is about 1,000 over expectations for this time.

The goal of the Social Club Committee is to give $100.000 in funding to the fire department each year. The social club met that goal last year in only eight months.

Volunteer fire departments across the country are trying to come up with new ways to raise money due to the rising costs of equipment. Bingo games and chicken dinners no longer cover the financial needs of a department.

Some other departments opened social clubs before Edinboro and Edinboro firefighters relied on those departments for advice.  Now, Edinboro is the model. John Huff, Chairman of the Edinboro VFD Social Club Committee, says his department is happy to share what it has learned.

"We would sit down and assist any fire department whose members believe this is the right thing for them to do," says Huff.

The Edinboro VFD social club is called Engine House 39. The club's business plan is to offer great food, drinks, games of chance, and an atmosphere that's not available anyplace else in the Edinboro area.  The firefighters believe they have accomplished that goal.