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Forum topic by shayes2791 posted 02-27-2008 06:30 PM 753 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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shayes2791

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02-27-2008 06:30 PM

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I live near Harrisburg, PA and belong to several woodworking/tool clubs. We have been discussing how we can get better membership, keep membership, and get younger membership in our Harrisburg club. Last night’s meeting had 24 members which is really good for our club. The York club seems not to have this issue as much. Marc and Matt mentioned this very issue on the Woodtalk online. It seems to be more of an issue than we had thought. Originally, it was thought that maybe it was just our area and there was not be an interest. I don’t believe that this is the case.

Does anyone have any thoughts, experiences, or suggestions on this topic? We are looking for another location that is a little bigger for our meetings since more than 18 is cramped and is standing room. We get some host speakers occasionally and we have demonstrations.

Thanks,
Scott


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MrWoody

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#1 posted 02-27-2008 07:30 PM

There are no woodworking clubs in my medium to large city at all.
There are turning and carving clubs but even they are an hours drive minimum away.
There used to be a secondary school that offered woodworking courses that had a second room where the old timers hung out, but even that’s gone.

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Moron

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#2 posted 02-27-2008 07:49 PM

There are several here and I no longer hang my hat there but.

Schools often let clubs use their space for near free, same for community colleges, churches, etc.,

Like you said, Guest Speakers help, as do volunteer projects for the community like building something, auction it off at a fund raiser and donate the proceeds (community newspapers might do a write up)

A few community newspapers offer free advertising.

have a booth at a craft show

free advertsing at grocery stores, schools, pubs etc.,

hope that helps

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rikkor

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#3 posted 02-27-2008 08:49 PM

The MN Woodworkers Guild has arranged 10% discounts at Rockler and Woodcraft. That probably encourages membership.

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