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#1 Bruce N

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 10:10 PM

I am helping to set up a new local (Monterey, CA area) amateur astronomy club. I'd like suggestions for how to recruit new members. How did other clubs start? What kind of outreach did you do that was successful in attracting new members?

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 11:22 PM

Our club is about to celebrate its 60th anniversary; I've been a member for over 15 years. It helps to be in an astronomy professional area with good observing conditions. In my case, I joined when I stopped by a booth the club had at a local street fair.

We do a lot of various public activities, mostly in support of education like school events, or community organizations' events like local parks and recreation star party nights, and support events by several Univ. of Arizona astronomy, optical sciences, Flandrau Planetarium, and Lunar and Planetary Laboratory special events.

I'd say maybe finding out if there are any local events like street fairs for vendors, community special events looking for organizations to participate, or advertising for interested folks in community newsletters or even local cable public service channels and have a stargazing event. A friend and I volunteer to teach some basic astronomy introductory classes for adult continuing education organizations, and that gets some interest. In fact, a couple of the best outreach practioners I know were lured in through this route a couple of years ago, bought small scopes, joined the club, and now do several school events each month.

Some of the efforts needed depend on the geographic area involved and the existing astronomy community, if there is one. Lots of directions to decide to pursue, depending on who might be out there and receptive to "organizing". Anything you can think of to get your "name" out there and grow it.

#3 Doc Willie

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 08:59 AM

The Night Sky Network has some videos that may be helpful in your efforts. If you do not know about it, Night Sky Network has lots of other resources to help clubs get started.

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 12:33 PM

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