212Re: [AmateurRadioLeadership] Another article on Eham about clubs...
- Feb 20, 2014That is a very potent list, Bruce. All points apply to both ham radio
clubs and charitable organizations that function as clubs, alike.
Norman raises solid and important additional points in his reply. YES,
it is likely there is not enough time to socialize - which is as
detrimental as having too much socializing and not enough meat to the
meeting. It is the right balance that is so difficult to find, and, of
course, pleasing everyone will be impossible - having more socializing
will cheese off some members, and having more business meat on the plat
will cheese off others, so it is always a difficult choice as one design
must satisfy all.
If Norman's club has splinter groups meeting for dinner before the
official meeting... perhaps combining a dinner with the meeting will fit
the bill. Rather than splintering the group, it would mean everyone
would meet at one place, and then the meeting could follow - and the
timing of each would be determined on a club-by-club basis depending on
club character - some would want more or less time to each side of the
meeting. Of course, then you will have some guys who don't wanna do
dinner at all, so the question arises will they come to the business
part of the meeting or drop it... so hard to please everyone with just
Further Norman's question... why not have multiple field day exercises?
You can specify any purpose or design you like. Maybe you could work
a contest, maybe setting up a temporary multi-multi station field day
style someplace, or doing a special event that way. I have
participated in special event stations that run for two days on a
weekend at some remote location (like for Museum Ship Weekend) and you
get four or five guys on the rig, with at least that many in the wings,
and rotate on and off the rig, with lots of pot luck BYO goodies to eat
(they really like my Italian dishes, and my wife makes awesome
chocolate chip-pecan-toffee-secret ingredient cookies that are usually
gone in an hour) and other guys bring stuff, and we eat, talk on the
radio, talk among ourselves, and have a good time. You could make the
event a single day or just an afternoon. I doubt the reason for it
would be important, as long as you sell it as a good time. Once it
works right, it will sell itself thereafter. You could stay in town or
go someplace special depending on your members' predilections for travel.
Consider tower or antenna raising projects. Local guys here started
"QRP In the Park" nights, where they set up four or five stations and
work QRP for a few hours. They invite the whole ham community and I
suspect there may be as much socializing and talk off the air as there
Maybe it could blossom into a club-to-club project that many clubs
participate in. Guys would work a contest and challenge another club
Mano e Mano - defining the same number of rigs so it could be an even
playing field, and it could lead to inter-club activity as the winner
would host the loser for a cheap dinner meeting some place... or it
could work the other way around... does not matter if guys have fun and
mix it up.
You could even do a local service project - outside of radio, proper -
like building a wheelchair ramp for some old guy, or pitching in on a
local repair project (builders in my town do this a couple weekends a
year, usually early Spring and late Summer, and you could pitch in and
help) but it would be something useful, fun, and it feels good. Have
dinner or lunch afterward as reward and for socializing. It works for
clubs I am in.
Mixing some socializing time with the project is the key to a good time.
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On 2/20/2014 12:18 PM, Bruce Nolte wrote:
> Additional thoughts...
> * If done right - running a radio club is hard work
> * Most club activities are managed by the same 10 to 15% of the membership
> * Most new Hams in a club do not go to Board Meetings
> * "club vs club politics" I suspect are not in any club's By-laws
> * Club officers should not foster displays of club ego vs ego
> * Actual humans join - and run clubs - and do stupid things once in a while
> * Clubs should do their best to make their club interesting, fun and relevant
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