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#1 irenebaron


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Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:39 AM

Using a 17-inch permanently mounted Newtonian Cassegrain telescope at Ohio University, Zanesville, I am trying to organize a local astronomy club. I would appreciate having suggestions about techniques used by others to make a good experience for new members. What works? What ideas can you suggest to make this organization effective for all ages? I've taught astronomy and used this telescope often, but need help to make an effective regional club. I will appreciate any help you can offer. :)

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:27 AM

Welcome to Cloudy Nights! You've come to the right place for answers, but I think you'll get better advice on starting a club in our Astronomy Clubs and Star Parties Forum, so I'm moving this thread there.

#3 cliff mygatt

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 03:14 PM

Take a look at this link: http://www.astroleag...s/socaidid.html
It is from the Astronomical League and will provide some good insight. Here is some more information as well:
Welcome to Cloudy Nights and good luck!

#4 Mxplx2


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Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:00 PM

You could try these guys...


#5 edwincjones


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Posted 18 December 2012 - 05:26 PM

1-registrar with the AL as a club
2-invite neighbor clubs to your events
3-get some local exposure from the press for events
4-create events of public interest
--a KC club is having an" end of the world" star party this weekend,
-- eclipse or comet events, etc;
--one local club here has a "using your new telescope" star party after xmas
5-schedule regular public star parties
6-invite classes from local schools for events
7-be patience, they will come- :question:


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Posted 22 December 2012 - 10:25 PM

See if your local school district has a space science facility (planetarium, etc). If not, see if they have a STEM coordinator and network with them.

#7 irenebaron


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Posted 31 December 2012 - 02:33 PM

Thanks Will, I appreciate the suggestion.

#8 irenebaron


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Posted 31 December 2012 - 02:36 PM

These are great links. I'll use the data extensively.
Thanks for your help.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:00 PM

Hello Irene, I am president of a local astronomy society that went from a few members to events with great turnouts over a couple of years.

I would start by doing public observing nights at the university. Do some with the moon as it is really popular. Do nights on Saturn, Jupiter and DSO's. At each event, have a signup sheet where people can enter their email address and phone number so you can contact them later about volunteering and future events.

PM me and I will give you my phone number and we can chat if you like.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:16 PM

Three videos on growing your astronomy club are available from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

#11 Jim T

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:30 PM

Consider setting up a separate "parent" organization (board members, chief executive/president), and keeping the sub organization ("club") void of the hassle of elections and other points of division. A club should be FUN. Our club has "chair's" that are appointed by our Executive.

Elections often result in hurt feelings, political 'groupings", and do not further the fun of astronomy. Not saying this works for everybody, but it has worked well with us. We set our board of directors up on the "Carver Model", which gives the CE broad powers. The CE's main job is to line up his eventual successor!

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