I have recently been elected to my third stint (not all continuous) as President of the Milwaukee Radio Amateurs' Club (MRAC ). The club was founded in January of 1917 and affiliated with ARRL in December 1919. I was last President in 2002. Back then we had about 100 members and meeting attendance of around 40. Over the last 10-12 years we have lost a number of members due to their passing or moving away. Also over the last few years we had a couple of people as President who were either not present half the time or just not interested. Now our membership is about 50 and meeting attendance hovers around 20. As a result we need to wake things up. The problem is many members who still make the meetings don't seem interested in actually doing anything. We need new members, but even on our club nets which have a lot of non-member check-ins, our members don't seem to talk up the club.
Anyway, I would like to hear from others. What do you look for in a club? What makes things interesting for you? How do you get new members? How do you keep members?
Oh, and if you live in the Milwaukee area, I'd certainly like to hear from you and of course I'll try to sell you on becoming a club member.
Dave DeFebo WB9BWP