Re: I need help keeping interest in our club
Meetings at our club are standing room only.. over 225 on a good night.
We don't meet in the summer, in fact the first meeting of the season is tonight.
Meetings open with a round of fly tying (just 3-4 guys), coffee, and there's usually some tasty goodies.
The business meeting starts promptly on time
After new business, there's a raffle that supports the insurance fund. I don't know where all the stuff comes from, but there's alot and there's some quality items. Fly tying material, gadgets, hats, that sort of thing
A short coffee break, then the program.
Power point/slidehow presentations mostly. Once a year a movie and pizza and the 'fly tiers roundtable' night is very popular
Sometimes (like tonight) it's a club member talking about a trip he's made. Often it's a regional writer, guide, lodge owner, that sort of thing....
Sometimes they bring in a national personality
In the winter we have our expo and banquet.
We have a major speaker that appears at both the banquet and the expo.
Lefty, Bob Clouser, Dave Whitlock.....
Plus for the expo there's others that give seminars, fly shops, other clubs, the state DEP, guides, lodges, rod builders, authors, and lots of tyers.
The expo is free and highly promoted. A lot of new members join at this time
We also have a website, a monthly news letter, and stretch of river that we maintain.
There's classes for beginners, rod building, beginners fly tying and saltwater tying
Plus a lot of other stuff I'm likely forgetting
But things are not always rosey and there are often disagreements on how things should be run
That's why there's an election for club officers each year
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart