eHam

eHam Forums => Clubs => Topic started by: WB9BWP on August 03, 2010, 04:49:10 PM



Title: What do you want in a club?
Post by: WB9BWP on August 03, 2010, 04:49:10 PM
Greetings all,

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


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: W5DQ on August 03, 2010, 05:58:28 PM
Dave,

You just described the way our club was heading to a tee. Having held both VP for Club Programs and President positions in the past and currently VP for Programs again, I was involved with many of our more experienced members to set something in motion I think is going to have a big impact in the next few years. With our, I call it stagnant membership - not because anyone had BO, we seemed to always have the same 6-10 folks who would come out for any club function or outing. The club had discussed ways to bring life back into what seemed to be a dying club and in the last couple of years, the club has sponsered Technician and General licensing classes to do just that. We have a wide array of talents in many of our more active members and using that skillset, many of the members volunteered to teach sections of the license theory. These classes have been a great success in not only bringing new energetic blood into the club as newly licensed Technician class hams, but many of the existing members have upgraded to General and beyond. Not only do we have many of the new hams coming out to see and learn at functions and outings, but it also appears that some of the existing members are also getting more involved in 'teaching' the new hams about amateur radio topics. Several of the new hams are very involved in the club with repeater support and upgrades, APRS system integration into club functions, setting up their own stations and seem eager to learn about DXing and HF operating. Not that I'm any expert in any given field (I only have a BS in Electronic Engineering), I have given many presentations on HF stations, antennas, 6M and other topics to hopefully plant some seeds of discovery in the new hams minds. Also this year's President is a newly licensed Technician and the Treasurer is his wife, also newly licensed and an professional accountant. One of the new members also revamped our website so now it is more modern and informative, not drab and boring as before. (Link is below - take a look)

There is a new sense of life in the club meetings and yes, we still have those that only come for the meetings and to eat the refreshments but many of the new hams are bringing new ideas and experiences to the club too. Our roster has grown by many new members from the classes and hopefully we will continue to have more classes and bring in more young people to give even more youthful energy to our group. Our youngest member right now is in his early 20's.

Hope this helps you in generating some new blood for your group.

73,


Gene W5DQ
Ridgecrest, CA

ex-WN5UZU / WB5UZU / KI6LO
ARRL Life Member, DXCC: Mixed, 20M & Phone, WAS/HF, WAC/HF, VUCC 6M #1688 - 320/205 Grids wrkd/cnfd
10-10 : 24965, 6 Club :2325, SMIRK, UKSMG, SCDXC, KC VHF Grid Bandits,
Northern CA DX Foundation Supporter,
Quarter Century Wireless Association (1976),
Sierra ARC (Ridgecrest, CA) Member, 2nd VP / Programs 2005-6, 2010, Past President 2007 (www.qsl.net/wa6ybn/)
Hi Desert DX Association (Ridgecrest, CA) Member,
ARRL 6th Dist Incoming DX Bureau “L” Segment Manager,
Volunteer Examineer (VE) with ARRL VEC,
Assistant Emergency Coordinator East Kern County CA,
Past Assistant Technical Coordinator - SJV Section,


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: KG4RRN on August 10, 2010, 10:21:36 AM
Do you have any other titles??? :o


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: KH6AQ on August 19, 2010, 09:36:28 AM
What do I want in a club? A pure democracy. No present, no club officers, no power trips, none of it.


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: WY3X on August 24, 2010, 07:49:34 PM
The only "office" in my way of thinking for a successful club would be a "rotational" position. That position would be for someone to set up a program for meeting night's show-n-tell. Each and every member would be required to be "it" on rotation with no excuses for not having a program when it's their turn. No president, no treasurer, nothing formal at all. No formal involvement in ARES/RACES/weather-spotting or any other organized program. When something breaks (i.e. the club repeater) an "assessment" would be made to cover the expense and not one cent more, so no dues. Anyone who doesn't pay their fair share of the assessment would lose some privilege (like operating the club station) for a year. It would be "nice" for the club to have a regular meeting place where a full station could be set up for members use (funded by donations of cash by members who feel so inclined to donate or through the donation of radios, or possibly even provided by local government). The use of the station would not be restricted, i.e. every club member would have a key to it and could go operate any time they wanted to. Local government should be solicited to provide such a meeting place. Club meetings would be held there so that after the meeting the "club rig" could be fired up and used. If the club owns a repeater, all club repeater codes would be given out to all members, no cloak-and-dagger politics. A volunteer group would be tasked with performing repeater repairs when needed, and these individuals would not be required to help the next time it breaks, so that everyone gets a chance to learn how to repair it. Non-meeting events would center around group-build projects at the and operating events together as a group from the clubhouse. It would be understood that some members who desire to do so would be allowed to operate the club station in the event of a localized emergency requiring communications assistance.

It's not a perfect system, but it takes the wind out of the sails of those who have God complexes and removes politics from the equation.


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: AD6KA on August 27, 2010, 08:49:04 PM
Who needs a club?


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: N0DSN on August 30, 2010, 02:46:12 PM
Activity!


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: KJ4FUU on September 08, 2010, 06:50:54 AM
Even though I'm an extra, there are still things I do not know, and I enjoy educational programs at the meetings. I like the club I'm in, but lately, we've been having only a dozen or so at the meetings, but I have to think quality rather than quantity. I still get plenty of great advice from the old hands. After I related my experience (or rather showed my lack thereof) at field day, one of the members let me use his station for the day for the IARU HF contest and showed me what I was doing right and wrong.

Do you have multiple clubs in a small area, a couple of which aren't on speaking terms with each other? Sometimes that will bum out the new hams. I just accept the situation as it is and try not to get involved in it.

-- Tom


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: W7KB on September 21, 2010, 12:10:06 PM
Egos checked at the door upon entry.Realize importance of ALL members treated as equals.Open minds to all ideas discussed.No "business as usual".Hams not thinking they are the smartest person ever in Amateur Radio.W7KB.


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: K1CJS on November 14, 2010, 06:50:03 AM
An organization that gets together more as a social club than a business club.  Once anything specific gets established in such a club, whether it be a repeater, a club station, or anything else that requires money to function and any sort of committee or 'officers' to coordinate, politics gets involved which bring differences of opinions, the formation of 'cliques' and dissent.  And those bring a beginning to fights over control of various doings and the end of a friendly club atmosphere.


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: N0IHM on November 25, 2010, 11:09:03 AM
I would like to see clubs with a sense of belonging to a group of people that just like Ham radio, recognizing that it is many different ideas, modes, ages, and interests.  Ours has fallen apart, almost, to the point of non-interest in anything.  Too many stonewalls, feelings, and stubborn personalities have gotten in the way of people being able to merely voice their opinions or ideas.  I have seen too many people get up and stomp out, saying that our club is going down the drain.
I have been "made" president, and don't care for the job.  I just hang around, and a lot of us meet at a local store on Saturdays for breakfast and talk about lots of things.  Where has the hobby gone??  I feel I can just do things on my own.  Even our repeater has been listed on the internet as being "Rarely used"...............it still is there, and alive.  Only used as check in night on Wed.  Others have parted ways and started their "own" repeaters, snubbing our club.  Nice, really nice. :(


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: 2E0OZI on December 01, 2010, 03:33:28 PM
A friendly approach to new hams (I am one).

An active training programme, and in between that, if possible a mentoring programme to help those who have passed whatever exam there is, but realise its a licence to learn.

A clubhouse with a rig would be nice.

Regular meetings at least once a month, even if they are little more than a pint and a chat. You would meet at (see above). 

A yearly trip to somewhere interesting to operate (maybe).


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: K6MA on December 02, 2010, 04:24:24 PM
I am new to ham radio, only discovering it in 2010. If I had known how technical it can be I would have joined 50 years ago, or even longer (I will be 68 in a couple of weeks). Knowing that I had a lot to learn and no one to ask about it I opted to take all the licenses as soon as I could. So I now have my extra license and have more questions than a playground of kids. However, I suspect that because I am older people assume that I know a lot about ham radio. This is not the case and I am learning as fast as I can, mostly by myself. I belong to 2 radio clubs; one is very active and the other appears to be dying. The people in both clubs are very nice (for the most part) and I enjoy their company, especially when technical things are being discussed.
It is difficult to determine what I would want in a club as I am so new to this hobby but I can come up with a few ideas: regular meetings, technical presentations or discussions, social interaction, a look at someone else's shack and watch how they operate their radios, ideas for antennas in restricted areas (I now have 7 books on antennas), no politics (probably unrealistic), activity of more than one or two members in helping to run the club, some sort of newsletter (could be web-based).
I do plan on being very active and trying to revive the one club that is in decline but I need more information and experience than I possess to do this.
Yesterday I joined the American Legion as I offered to run their ham shack for emergency purposes and try to get some scouts involved. This is going to be a big challenge for me as I have extremely limited air-time and I am going to need help. However, what I lack in knowledge I will make up for in enthusiasm. If I could just get one young person interested in ham radio I will be very happy. My goal is certainly a lot more than one.
Sorry I rambled on a bit here.
73
Terry Hall


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: WD8LIC on December 04, 2010, 04:17:34 AM
I used to be a club member but dropped out.  Several reasons:
1.  Time.  Seems like ham radio is the only life they have.  I've got a career, spouse, kids, grandkids, etc.etc.etc.  Monthly meetings are just not in the cards.  Quarterly maybe, semi annual much better.  Or how about only having a meeting when the club has something worthwhile to say.  Meeting just to meet and be seen is unnecessary.
2.  Technoiditis:  I love to operate, not design or build equipment.  I feel that unless you are a electrical engineer who is building moonbounce gear you are just not part of the inner circle
3.  Good ole boy network:  6-8 hams run everything.  No fun

I'm not cynical, just sharing my thoughts as an ex club member.  Maybe my comments will help.


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: 2E0OZI on December 04, 2010, 12:49:08 PM
WD8 you are right about the time thing - seems like I am in exactly the same position as you, however I am about to join a club. For me, as I am new to ham radio, I think it will help quite a bit to have a few people who know a bit more than me to bounce ideas off and ask questions of.

Monthly meetings I can just about handle - though I dont expect to make every one. With a 5yo and a wife, and a full time job, plus kneeboard surfing, motorcycling, banjo pickin, bagpipes and trying to get enough exercise...time is precious.


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: N4VNV on December 09, 2010, 08:45:14 AM
All the Amateur Clubs I have belonged to suck!  They were just another place for the "cliques" to gather. You sound lot like me, find out the skills your club members have and list them. They will be useful in your planning. Skills like: Typing/computer savvy, other languages spoken, physical condition, (i.e. don't want more people to rescue on a search) Do they have "survival skills"? (Ex-Military) Have they supervised groups of people before. Also find out the available "go-box" inventories. i.e. A rig and antenna is no good in the woods without a power source. Who has 4-wheel drive vehicles, and which ones can go off-road? How many handy talkies are available and on which bands?  Stuff like that. Make a questionare up and pass it out, asking each to answer the questions listed above. At the end have an extra page to list any ideas they have for the Club. Nets for new members, Tech Class etc..


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: NI0C on December 15, 2010, 04:16:32 PM
I feel lucky to belong to an exceptionally friendly and active club, the Mississippi Valley DX & Contest Club: http://www.mvdxcc.org/ 

One of the best features of our club is the informal group of guys who assist local hams with their antenna installations, and go out to lunch afterwards to celebrate a job well done.  As someone who has both a helper and a beneficiary of this loosely organized antenna committte, I can't say enough about the good will this kind of activity produces.  This is what ham radio is all about!

73,
Chuck  NI0C


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: WA7URV on December 27, 2010, 11:37:23 AM
Our "club" has a group of about 25 signed up on a YahooGroups account, and about a half dozen of them show up at our once-a-month breakfast gathering.  This year we are scheduling four build-days where we'll all gather and make solder smoke.  That seems to be a common interest among many of us.  Otherwise, we brag that there are "no rules, no officers, no agenda, just a bunch of people interested in radio..." 

The main thing is we don't measure our success by anything in particular; I've been meeting with these guys for ten years.  We don't have membership drives; we don't have a bank account.  The only thing that keeps it going is an annual calendar of breakfast meetings and now the build-days.

Works fine for our group!  I think this mainly is an example of a group that simply meets the needs of its members, no more, no less.

- Phil WA7URV, Cascade QRP Club   http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cascadeqrp/


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: KD8DEY on December 28, 2010, 01:22:48 PM
How about a club

1 That doesn't charge fee's that are higher than the ARRL

2 That most monthly meetings are not just used for excuses to meet up and gossip
   at some restaurant. (rarely held to discuss anything important like club business)

3 Social events are nice to meet new members and catch up with old friends but can be held to the point of Ad-nauseum .

4 "Seminars" can be useful BUT
    A. Is the subject of interest to the majority of the club members as a whole.
    B. only of interest to a few of the "Higher UPs"
    C. just somebody that the club was able to grab just so they could say
        "Yeah we just had a lecture on that........

5 For the ones that do want to learn something new

   A. Perhaps a nice (on site use only) "technical" resource library.

   B. A basic "lab" setup (O-scope, Freq generator, etc) where Hams can learn from each other/experiment/build/repair without a bunch of negative criticism. (What use is a bunch of theory on paper without a little practical hands on to see how all the theory actually comes together?)
  ...........................................


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: W5SYF on December 29, 2010, 11:24:13 AM
1st off I'm a new Ham about 1 yr and do not currently belong to a club.  I'm also very lucky being in the Dallas/Fort Worth area I have several choices of clubs.  One of the best pieces of advice about clubs I'll share is that you need to find a club where you belong and provides you with the types of activites and views about the hobby that are similar to yours.  Pretty simple!!  A club is not going to be all things to all people, there will always be a core of highly involved individuals that are in the club to lead!  There will be people that are the educators and there are the builders/experimenters.  Our hobby can support all of these.  This is also what you will see as a cross section of club life. 


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: AE0Z on January 11, 2011, 11:35:14 AM
I would put welcoming the new person as a top priority.  The lack of it is something I have both experienced myself (not at MRAC) and heard others bemoan.  New blood can help with new ideas.

As far as energizing current members, I'm out of ideas (but Dave you already knew that).  I know of several clubs which have a very healthy bank account but seem to be stagnating, and it would make sense to spend some of that money in order to get things going.  But spend it on what?  Perhaps front the money for a nicer transceiver and sell raffle tickets at meetings to boost attendance and recoup some (all?) of the cost.

One last suggestion -- keep the mood at meetings and in the newsletter positive.  I'm not much of a cheerleader myself but I can usually find humor in things.  Sarcasm and cynicism can be overdone, and if the overall mood is already something of a downer ...

Good luck!  94 years continuously operating is a record to be proud of.


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: K9FON on January 11, 2011, 01:29:22 PM
Geee id like to find a club that isnt totaly into ARES. So far no such luck here. The other clubs are too stuck up for me.


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: K9ZF on January 12, 2011, 04:07:21 PM
I just discovered this topic, so sorry for the late comments.

Most of the ideas I wanted to express have already been posted. 
A few of the ones I agree with should be repeated:
KD8DEY:
   A. Perhaps a nice (on site use only) "technical" resource library.
   B. A basic "lab" setup (O-scope, Freq generator, etc) where Hams can learn from each other/experiment/build/repair without a bunch of negative criticism. (What use is a bunch of theory on paper without a little practical hands on to see how all the theory actually comes together?)

NI0C:
One of the best features of our club is the informal group of guys who assist local hams with their antenna installations, and go out to lunch afterwards to celebrate a job well done.  As someone who has both a helper and a beneficiary of this loosely organized antenna committte, I can't say enough about the good will this kind of activity produces.  This is what ham radio is all about!
73,
Chuck  NI0C
W5DQ:
the club has sponsered Technician and General licensing classes to do just that. We have a wide array of talents in many of our more active members and using that skillset, many of the members volunteered to teach sections of the license theory. These classes have been a great success
N0DSN:
Activity!
SCEPTIC:
A friendly approach to new hams (I am one).
An active training programme, and in between that, if possible a mentoring programme to help those who have passed whatever exam there is, but realise its a licence to learn.
A clubhouse with a rig would be nice.
Regular meetings at least once a month, even if they are little more than a pint and a chat. You would meet at (see above).
A yearly trip to somewhere interesting to operate (maybe).



It comes down to activity, and services.  I believe club members should be asking themselves "what can I do for the club?"   And in turn, the club should be asking what can it do for it's members?  What does your members need from the club?

NI0C's antenna party idea is great.  Many club members do not have the means, or the ability, to work on antennas.  Put together a team to help them out!

KD8DEY's tech lab idea is awesome.  Put together test equipment that can be used by club members.  Many of us can't justify the expense of buying an antenna analyzer, but could sure use one once in awhile.  How about a good set of crimpers to install cable ends?  Even a high quality watt / SWR meter and dummy load could be useful.

Activity, activity, activity...  Plan some special events and get a team on the air.  Field day is great, but it's only once a year.  Have a group activate the club station for your state QSO party.  You do have a club station, right?

Presentations are great.  Particularly if you can attract some special guests.  Just make sure the audience attendance is optional.  I have given club presentations on contesting when I know some of the folks had zero interest, but felt obligated to be there.  Not a good idea.

And lastly, do frequent surveys of your members.  What do they want to see the club do?  Pay special attention to members who aren't currently active.   What will it take to get them back?

Good luck with your club, my friend.  And by all means, if you discover something good that works, let us all know so we can put it to use in our clubs!

K9ZF@yahoo.com

73
Dan
--
Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Clark County Indiana. EM78el
K9ZF /R no budget Rover ***QRP-l #1269 Check out the Rover Resource Page at:
<http://www.qsl.net/n9rla> List Administrator for: InHam+grid-loc+ham-books
Ask me how to join the Indiana Ham Mailing list!






Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: KC8OYE on January 30, 2011, 05:01:51 PM
The problem with the 'no officers' statement is that most clubs, if they want to collect dues, or even donations for equipment, have to be registered as a 501c (not for profit) organization.. and as such.. 501c rules require a board and a minimum of once-yearly meeting...


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: WA7URV on January 30, 2011, 08:05:37 PM
These are some notes I made a while back regarding your question...

In a good club...

...visitors are treated as VIPs; they walk out of any club event thinking, “I want to learn more from that club’s members; I want more fun experiences like the one I just had…”

...club leadership/officers primary responsibility is to find out what each member wants/needs and do everything they can to meet those wants/needs

...there is a direct ratio of member experience with commitment to welcoming and Elmering newcomers; the more experienced a club member is, the greater the role in welcoming/Elmering!

...visitors are encouraged to talk about their own ham radio experiences.  If they aren’t yet hams, they are encouraged to talk about the part of ham radio that interests them

...there is a focus on learning all things ham radio.  This focus is backed by an annual planning calendar that includes a series of educational activities geared towards members’ wants/needs

...the club develops a planning “system” around its calendar (e.g. monthly themes that contribute to member education/fun

...club members who are very close always meet and spend lots of time together as a tight group at times other than those where new people are involved

...strong opinions and debate are encouraged only when those with such opinions meet separate from the mainstream group.  (Such discussion turn newbies away....)

...there should be opportunities for members who want to have traditional ham radio arguments such as “code, no-code” or “the dumbing down of ham radio”  -- these opportunities should occur apart from the mainstream group.

...every club event, whether it’s a dinner or Field Day or other activity, should include emphasis on these things (importance is weighted in a percentage)

> equal member opportunity for involvement (60% importance)
> member networking/socializing (25% imortance)
> member learning and education (14% importance)
> club business and administration (1% importance)

...the entire club Field Day operation is “owned” by club membership; emphasis is made to involve/welcome every member to some aspect of Field Day, even if it’s some role that doesn’t occur ON Field Day weekend.

...the club frequently assesses its member’s strengths (knowledge, skills, experience) to best fit members into club roles where they can have the most fun and greatest personal rewards

-Phil, WA7URV


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: KC8OYE on January 30, 2011, 09:00:23 PM
keep the suggestions coming guys!! i'm a volunteer on the IT Comittee of our local ARES/RACES "club" and one of our new big hurdles is de-alienating the members that have gotten p'd off over the years... plus attracting new members.
I can only push skywarn and public service so far!

I'm thinking we need to do more as a 'club' then ares/races 'training ops'  maybe some home brew proejcts that are easy to do.. I remember when I was new to hamming was going to another's club and watching a presentation on how to build an off-set attenuator for fox hunting.. what a blast!
 another one I Found entertaining was turning an old TV Antenna into a fox hunting beam.
after watching a video of a ham who built a weather balloon packed with a video camera and managed to get it something like 5 miles up before the balloon burst was absolutely amazing.. I Figured some weather balloon expieriments using GPS, APRS, Packet, and ATV could be a blast too!




Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: N8CNJ on February 22, 2011, 11:26:35 AM
This is just my experience from the club I was with before moving 700 miles away.
  • Our smarter repair guys would work on equipment for the more technically challenged.  But, they would have the person in need do most of the work while being watched.  This helped boost interest from just being on the radio to the technical side.
  • We would contest in public whenever we could without the use of shore power.  Using parks, boardwalks, etc.  Put up banners with the club website and meeting times.  You would be surprised at how many people will just come up and ask questions.
  • Field Day was always held in a public place for the same reasons with the same results.
  • When in public, we keep one station on a very busy frequency and let non-hams try it out (with supervision of coarse).  You would be surprised at how this 1 thing can take someone with a slight interest to someone ready to start testing.

We did our best to be as public as possible.  We are also affiliated with the local Red Cross and get called out to emergencies with them and provide communication from the field back to their base of operations if needed. 


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: KF7ITG on May 29, 2011, 12:08:30 PM
A little 411

http://k9jy.com/blog/2010/02/18/ham-radio-web-sites-need-improved-marketing/

73 James


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: AD6KA on June 04, 2011, 12:02:22 AM
What do you want in a club?
No cover charge.
Live Music.
A dance floor.
Bouncers to keep drunk "Good Old Boys" out.

73, Ken  AD6KA
 


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: N0SYA on June 05, 2011, 05:41:41 AM
A club? Hmm. About arm long, maybe with some spikes or just simple nails driven thru it, and a razor on top. Like a baseball bat but more menacing.


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: KK4CPH on June 20, 2011, 07:06:48 AM
Sorry I'm getting in late on this.  I'm a newbie and haven't joined a club yet but I've been looking.  I've been searching on-line and one thing that might help a club attract new members would be to have a well designed web site.  I've seen some that look terrific and have an application that you can fill out and submit.  I've also seen some that will make your eyes water using different font sizes, text overlapping pictures, links that don't work, etc.  Maybe they don't have the resources to make it better, but, as someone who is searching, I would be more inclined to check out the one that lists their activities, pictures, and a calender of events..... one that I have a "feel" for before I've contacted them.

Eric
KK4CPH


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: WA7URV on June 21, 2011, 09:30:31 PM
I agree 100% Eric.  Every once in a while, I stumble across a club web site that shows they "get it."  The internet is very much a part of what makes ham radio interesting, and I've never understood it when club sites are not interesting, informative and inviting (The Three In's!)

73,
Phil Westover, WA7URV


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: K5KNE on July 04, 2012, 10:40:51 PM
Read every comment on here and elsewhere.  You can make it work, but look out for the pitfalls that everyone commenting on why they are not in a club now.

Keep in mind, having an enjoyable experience is paramount or the really good ones will not waste thier time coming to club meetings.  The "dufuses" will come, because they need to belong to something. I am a very old ham and the program meeting needs to be good for me to go to a club meeting.  I have so many times went and wish that I had just stayed home and hammed or watched TV.

Get your team working together to make the club fun and useful. Get lots of input. Talk to those who have dropped out of the club. Why? Don't listen to the naysayers and stay on the important things, training, helping newcommers, and welcoming new people. Don't let petty things dominate the meetings.
 
Thank you for accepting a role of leadership.  I wish you the best. Have a good year.

73  Walter  K5KNE


Title: RE: What do you want in a club?
Post by: N5RWJ on July 05, 2012, 07:18:54 AM
A learning  and happy environment, good-looking woman, weekend field days.