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Old 08-04-2006, 07:43 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'd be interested with helping out on the board. With the SFBAAPS we paid yearly, and used the money for food at the open houses. Along with the open houses some people would arange plant swaps at a coffee shop once and awhile. AGA also has group membership deals. I can get info on that, so that we can get the magazine along with our membership.

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Old 08-04-2006, 01:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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That's good to hear, Greg.

In an effort to help with some ideas...the board should have someone from each major area (San Diego, OC, LA, etc - LA could be split into Long Beach up to the 10 and from the 10 up to the SFV). These folks would work with local members to arrange smaller gatherings at homes, lfs', or out in nature. These would be open to all, but scheduled to help the localities 'bond' . We'd then aim at a few uber-meetings with everyone invited (and expected, or else).

If anyone from other clubs is watching, feel free to chime in (Bill Harada and others from SFBAAPS, MatPat and others from SWOAPE, NASH folks, DFWAPA folks, etc).

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Old 08-04-2006, 01:20 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Info on premium membership,
http://www.aquatic-gardeners.org/group_premium.html
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Old 08-04-2006, 02:27 PM   #14 (permalink)
 
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I'd like for SCAPE to be a recognized and official club as well.

I am more interested in lectures and such than a printed newsletter, fwiw. I think to do a newsletter right (nice pics, mailing, etc) is more trouble than its worth. Maybe an online one to save costs?

Will help in any way I can.
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Old 08-04-2006, 02:31 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Both are pretty good options. I think the Premium Group membership is a better start, though.
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Old 08-04-2006, 06:18 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I'm glad to see that there are some folks who are interested and willing to participate!

I'm also seeing some great ideas starting to come up here - keep them coming!

With the level of interest I'm seeing I will be looking into the "business" side of forming and formalizing a club. ie. bylaws, tax status, etc. If anybody has experience with this please PM me or shoot me an email (my forum name at mail.com).
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Old 08-04-2006, 06:55 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Hey guys, just got back. Just letting you know if an extra board member is needed, then I wouldn't mind helping out. Not much experience organizing anything other than the last meet, but at least it's something lol.
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Old 08-04-2006, 07:05 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I'm also interested, not sure how my schedule would work once school starts up again, but I'd love to be involved any way I can.
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Old 08-04-2006, 08:32 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Some observations from the DFWAPC club in the last several years:

- One or two very dedicated individuals actually keep the club going.
That may sound a bit ugly but it is true. No matter how many officers you vote/choose the people that are dedicated to the hobby will keep the club and the meetings going. This usually amounts to very few people - often only one.

- Meetings should be orderly but not too formal.

- People like raffles.
Hook up with aquarium companies to give you goodies to raffle. Provide small banners (advertisement) on your club site in exchange.

- Not everyone wants to open their home for a monthly meeting.
Don't expect it from anyone.

- People that have expressed willingness to host a meeting should understand that the house may get a bit dirty because of too many people showing up. Warn them about that. Find people that will help keep it clean during the meeting. Don't assume that everyone will be responsible to clean up after themselves.

- Some lfs will be glad to host a meeting in exchange for a tank that the club sets up.
It's something that the stores view as "interesting", attracting customers.

- Group buys can easily turn into a nightmare.
The people that commit to organize a group buy should be aware of that.
Creating the list, picking up of the goods, payments and so on should be done within deadlines. Otherwise the experience becomes very long and frustrating for many.

- Members join and disappear all the time. It's natural.

- The club web site should contain as many pictures of local club events as possible. Not just people sipping sodas from plastic cups and hanging around but pictures of plants, places, stores etc.

And a personal view - printed club brochures could be left at lfs's for people to hear about the club.

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Old 08-05-2006, 04:05 AM   #20 (permalink)
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i am interested. i am new to plants. some times hands on help is a little more helpful.
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