Hank & Mike, You have hit the nail on the head. Yes Mike I got the same treatment my self when I first entered the Holland club door. I am a member also.Message 1 of 6 , Jul 2, 2008View SourceHank & Mike,You have hit the nail on the head. Yes Mike I got the same treatment my self when I first entered the Holland club door. I am a member also. They all go out of there way to say hi and introduce them selves and on your return visits it's the same warm friendly greeting by everyone. Only club I know that offers CW classes from entry level to what ever speed you desire to achieve or just a refresher, Tech to Extra class, classes every year and club projects. First Saturday of every month they have a club breakfast/mini swap at the club house. They have, "3 World Class Chiefs", as they put it, serving up a class "A" menu . Great eat's, some good buy's, and "Fellowship Time". Take in one of the breakfast/mini swaps sometime. Oh yes, and "Please Do Come Again".Yes Hank, not only newcomers but existing members, some clubs also tend to be very clickie and/or competitive.----- Original Message -----From: mike_w8derSent: Monday, June 30, 2008 6:44 PMSubject: [GRARA] Re: How to attract new members, a reply
I think you "hit the nail on head" with your comments about our
sometimes lacking social skills at meetings and outings. We often
stand around enjoying our status as "good ole boys" and forget to
enable others to join "the gang." I know we have been aware of this
problem at GRARA meetings and are trying to improve our hospitality
skills. We have just gotten lazy and our membership numbers have
shown the price.
However, let me tell you about a club that has the social skills
developed to a "T". I am talking about the Holland Amateur Radio
Club. They are exactly what all other clubs should try to be. I
don't know if they all went to some sort of Dale Carnegie course, or
if the older members just set a good example, but that club has
the "friendly factor" showing.
I first saw the members in action when I visited their technology
center (clubhouse) on an open radio room night. I couldn't believe
how much they went out of their way to be sure I met people with
common interests. (They also make a pretty good cup of coffee.)
When I left, I was amazed that almost everyone had made the effort to
remember my name and encouraged me to come back to a meeting. At
first I thought it was because they were a smaller club, until I
found that they have more than twice the number of members as
GRARA. ...and now I know why.
I attended their next membership meeting and I am sure it was just a
coincident that I won the 50-50 raffle. Again they showed a sincere
interest in this "new guy" and made the attempt to make me feel
welcome. By this time, I was starting to remember more names also.
And now to the field day test you were talking about Hank. I have
been a HARC member for some time now and was invited in the spring to
take part in their field day. But, when I got to their field day
Saturday morning, the first person I ran into I had never met
before. His name is Jeff, KB8QAP. Since he had me pegged as still
a "new guy", he stopped what he was working on and showed me the
stations being set up and introduced me to a group of guys so I felt
that I belonged. Before I knew it, I was telling stories with the
best of them. They have an outstanding field day site and we all had
a great time.
Sometime, if you get a chance, stop by a Holland Amateur Radio Club
function and notice the difference. We could all learn from them.
--- In GRARA@yahoogroups. com, Hank Greeb <n8xx@...> wrote:
> The one thing I've noted with 90+% of the club meetings, Field
> other activities, of probably a hundred different Ham Radio clubs is
> that they aren't very friendly to newcomers. ..........