Officials of the Glen Burnie Improvement Association really want people to come to their meetings.
Last month, they tried to mandate attendance, proposing a bylaw amendment that would have required members to come to three meetings out of 12 to be allowed to vote in elections. That measure failed.
Some who testified during a hearing on the matter said such a requirement would unfairly penalize older members who can't drive at night and others who have legitimate reasons for not attending.
Some of the most active members lamented that so few of the organization's members attend regularly.
So, at the monthly meeting on Tuesday, GBIA President Muriel Carter announced that the group will try a new tactic -- offering free baby-sitting and rides to meetings.
"We'll try this for a while and see how it goes," said Carter.
Typically, about 50 people attend GBIA's monthly meetings, held the second Tuesday of each month. The organization, which works to improve the quality of life in Glen Burnie, has about 1,200 members.