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scholastic sledgehammer

Reged: 11/14/07

Loc: New Hampshire
Re: Inreach new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5912761 - 06/10/13 10:38 AM

Our club has been a member of the Astronomical League for years but we never "signed up" the members themselves, or put much emphasis on it. This year we began to offer free AL membership to any member who wanted to work on any of the AL observing club award pins. Out of about 140 paid members we got roughly 15 who asked us to do this for them. I am sure it will pay off for everyone, and we avoided the cost of signing up all 140 members for little benefit. This is part of our new club "inreach" focus, which is going over well with members.

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Reged: 08/30/06

Loc: Omaha, NE
Re: Inreach new [Re: tedbnh]
      #5918079 - 06/13/13 12:54 AM

It's a paltry $5/yr to sign up members... which includes the quarterly Reflector newsletter. We include it as part of our annual membership (which is itself, only $25/yr, whether you're an individual or a family).

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Carpal Tunnel

Reged: 02/24/05

Loc: Tampa
Re: Inreach new [Re: omahaastro]
      #5920128 - 06/14/13 08:11 AM

This has been a great discussion on astronomy clubs.
Our club is currently going through a period of evaluation.

The club is sponsored by our local science museum. They provide a great venue for meetings. There is a very high quality planetarium at the museum.

There are typically two or three first time attendees at each monthly meeting, but most do not return. Not sure why, perhaps astronomy isn't what they thought it was.

About half of the regular attendees never go out to observe. That has to be factored into the equation when developing a model for moving forward.

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Reged: 05/22/12

Loc: Denver, CO
Re: Inreach new [Re: FarrOut]
      #5920162 - 06/14/13 08:45 AM

Here the Astronomy Magazine comes with your membership. While I have not been an active member (outside of using the dark site and keeping our local scope shop's doors open), I'm going to start going to some of the society's public nights/open houses. It'll be nice to have something to do on these summer nights when I can't get out of the city....

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scholastic sledgehammer

Reged: 01/19/04

Loc: New Hampshire
Re: Inreach [Re: csrlice12]
      #5937081 - 06/23/13 08:41 PM

Our club NHAS had an inreach skywatch last night. The weather wasn't the best, but we had a few bright stars and the rising moon, and of course Saturn. I think we had about 8-10 members, a couple of them new members, I helped one gent collimate his CPC 800 which was way off. He was pleased with finally getting clean sharp images! A successful event!

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