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    Default I was volunteered to assist with angler recruitment.

    Hey folks,

    I took a look around my local TU chapter and realized 80%+ of the membership were 60 plus, which seems to be par for membership of conservation organizations, generally. I said something, and was put on an angler recruitment committee.

    This isn't a bad thing. I just don't know how to go about getting butts in the seats. I put together a quick 10 question survey over on SurveyMonkey, trying to get a handle on differences between established members and potential new anglers, trying to figure out how to bridge those gaps. If you have a couple minutes to fill it out, irrespective of your age, I'd be forever grateful.

    Thanks,

    Tom
    Last edited by Ard; 08-30-2019 at 06:27 PM. Reason: title correction :)

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    Default Re: I was voluntold to assist with angler recruitment.

    Survey completed... Good luck with your research & recruitment.
    Wallace

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    Default Re: I was volunteered to assist with angler recruitment.

    1st...Start posting big fish pics, on the club face book page.
    And Twitter..........
    Free classes/trips......
    A BIG barby Q.....
    No fees....
    That should do it.

    Questions 3, and 6 should have had a
    learn by fishing option. That is the best way.
    Locally, I've seen 3 guys try to boost membership....why would a kid join, a bunch of old fats talking glory days?
    I'm old, and I hate it.
    Good luck....

    Jim
    Last edited by Bigfly; 08-30-2019 at 07:46 PM.

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    Default Re: I was volunteered to assist with angler recruitment.

    Done and good luck.

    Dave

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    Default Re: I was volunteered to assist with angler recruitment.

    Survey completed! Best of luck with your recruitment.
    Larry


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    Default Re: I was volunteered to assist with angler recruitment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfly View Post

    Questions 3, and 6 should have had a
    learn by fishing option. That is the best way.
    Locally, I've seen 3 guys try to boost membership....why would a kid join, a bunch of old fats talking glory days?
    I'm old, and I hate it.
    Good luck....

    Jim
    Appreciate it Jim, I agree and edited in "self taught" as an option. Thanks for thinking of it.

    In my experience this (our? my?) club struggles with communication- if you're not already on the mailing list, you don't hear about meetings, events, or activities, making it awfully tough to recruit new members. They have a facebook page and a TU website...but if you're not maintaining/updating those, they're not terribly useful to folks who'd otherwise be interested.

    I agree it's an uphill climb to get younger anglers interested in joining, and it may require trying some new things. Our local group has been able to do a lot of good with conservation and advocacy and I'd hate to see those efforts decline because we can't recruit new members.

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    Default Re: I was volunteered to assist with angler recruitment.

    I feel for you.
    Boomers were more influenced by the group think, handed off hero to aspirant. ...now they are old, and fading away.
    Now everyone is a hero....
    Who needs a group to learn?
    I personally don't care about unlimited trout. I think it's a flawed approach from what I see here.
    As I said...
    Prove that the people in the club know how to fish, as proved by posts...of member trips. Or club hero shots.
    Other wise you won't come up on radar of kids. Think like a kid.....
    Jim

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    Default Re: I was volunteered to assist with angler recruitment.

    Did it, good luck.

    Anywhere can be the land of great expectations, broken dreams, or paradise found, it's all up to you.

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    Default Re: I was volunteered to assist with angler recruitment.

    Done and good luck recruiting
    Every book is a children's book if the kid can read. - Mitch Hedberg RIP

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    Default Re: I was volunteered to assist with angler recruitment.

    I'm one of the old guys in a club like you describe. I think I get an idea of how the younger generation approaches the sport from reading Drake /Fly Fusion magazines. You need to start with one young guy and get him to translate your message. Then the tough part- getting the club to adjust for the younger members if you want to keep them.

    "Every [child] has the right to a first fish. On this particular planet, no man is granted a greater privilege than to be present and to assist in the realization of this moment". Bill Heavey

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