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Last week I tried a new tactic for recruiting new members for my local plant club - a Craigslist ad: http://sacramento.craigslist.org/zip/855652717.html, the ad reads as follows:
Aquatic Plants for Aquarium - FREE (Sacramento)

The Sacramento Aquatic Plants Society has meetings most months, with everyone who can bringing cuttings of their plants to be given to who ever wants them. Everyone at the meetings goes away with what ever plants they want, free. If you have an aquarium and want some beautiful aquatic plants growing in it, go to
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sacaquaticplant/ and sign up (no cost) as members, in order to learn about the dates, times and locations of these meetings. You will be very welcome at the meetings.
In 5 days I got 13 new members from that ad! And, many of those are people who have been in the hobby for several years, wishing there was a local club they could go to for conversations about aquatic plant growing. It was successful beyond my wildest dreams.

If you have a local aquatic plant club in need of more members, or are just starting one, this seems to be a universally applicable way to attract members. I should also give credit to Tom Barr for suggesting trying this in a brief conversation last month.
 

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People wanting more plants will search on Craigslist for "aquatic plants", so an ad like this will stand out. It is such a simple and obvious idea it is embarrassing that it took me 18 months to do it.
 

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Oh this is the best idea Hoppy ever had!!!

...and the cantilevered light too...

It's a great thing to have a brain, I don't know how it feels..

We as a club will certainly try the craigslist thing. Do you mind if I copy/paste your text for our local ulterior purposes? (Because I'm lazy too.)

--Nikolay
Go ahead and copy my ad. I didn't copyright it!:rolleyes: But, if you leave my website on it I may get new members from all over.
 

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I would love to find a club in my area - Olympic Peninsula
it really isn't hard to start a group, if you are in an urban area that is 30 miles or so in radius. You can set up a Yahoo group free, and it works very well. Then put the ad in craigslist and get as many people as you can to meet in a pizza place some night. Most people like just being able to talk to others who have planted tanks. If there are LFS in the area you can get them to let you leave flyers advertising your meetings there. Slowly the group will grow.
 

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We live in a world where people are almost always busy. Busy people have a hard time finding time for things like meetings. That is a prelude to reporting that even though our plant club picked up about 17 new members in the last month, our meeting last night drew only 6 of us. We had a ton of plants to give away, but only 3 of the people there were relatively new to the hobby, and one still hadn't set up a tank. So, most of the plants will end up in the garbage.

Last year, which was our first year as a plant club, we did much better with attendance, even though our membership was in the 20's most of that time and it is 67 now. One problem is that people want something from meetings, and that is usually a "presentation" of some kind that they can learn from. So, if 4 people come to a meeting and learn from a presentation they will probably return for another meeting. But, the effort that is needed for such a presentation is hard to put forth for such a small audience, and the audience won't be there next time if you don't put forth the effort, etc.

I'm still at a loss for how to get "active" members, people who like to come to and participate in meetings. This club thing isn't rocket science, but it sure isn't kindergarten level stuff either.
 
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