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subject and tins assures a more attentive audience at the regular meeting.

Your better licensing class handouts often make an appreciated addition to your bulletins. It is a good practice to publish a list of your members names, addresses, call signs, and telephone numbers at least once each year.

Exchange bulletins with other clubs on a swap basis and improve your bulletin by criticalK comparing it with those you receive. The author of this article would be pleased to exchange club bulletins with any other club.

Encourage club members to send a bulletin to each local ham they contact to help promote prospective new members. Print extra bulletins to he distributed wherever they'll do the most good.

Special club items

QSL cards: Design and print a top-quality distinctive basic club card to be overprinted and used by your club members; print as many as possible to obtain the best possible price. Do not permit variations in the basic card. Take care to produce the best possible card and end up with a QSL which all your members will want to use. Sell cards to members in a wide range of quantities and have the club clear a small profit on each sale.

Badges: Design a unique club badge and urge all members to obtain one and to wear it to all ham activities, especially to your own club meetings.

Membership cards: Design a wallet-size membership card and issue one to each member every year. Some clubs prefer to indicate membership class and longevity of club association on these cards. Honorary members should receive lifetime membership cards plus appropriate certificates, if possible. Each expresident who completed an elected term in office should be an honorary member.

Supplies: Produce the club membership applications, by-laws, class applications, attendance record forms, class completion certificates, log forms, check sheets, honorary membership certificates, and all other printed matter required for club operation. If the club has a fixed location, store all club materials there and use the club address for all club correspondence.

Money: If your club collects dues, save your treasurer a lot of trouble by making them payable yearly; weekly and monthly dues collections are time-consuming and an unnecessary bother. It takes money to operate a club and you are wasting your time if you're continually forced to operate on a shoe-string and you are faced with constant fund-raising drives. Donation prizes, club QSL sales, magazine/organization subscriptions, initiation fees, refreshment kitties, auctions, dues, and other sources of revenue can all be tapped to pay your club's operating expenses. A moderate initiation lee and reasonably high dues rates are the best way to obtain your basic operating funds. Association with a good club is worth money to a ham so don't be hesitant about requesting the funds you need to operate. If prospective or current members do not feel the club is worth the price to them, let them stay out; just make sure it is actually worth its cost. If special hardship cases arise, initiation fees and dues requirements can easily be waived by your board. Make sure your club is a good investment and your members will pay the tab.

Value: Remember that a club's value is not judged by its total membership, the size of its quarters, or its bank account; many of the best clubs are quite small in these respects. If the club serv es the needs of the amateur radio service, the general public, the various levels of government, and its own members, it is an excellent organization.

Silent keys: Each club should establish a silent key committee under the direction of a silent key coordinator. It's the least we can do for a deceased member to make sure his family gets the professional help they need to disassemble his station and to market it at the best possible price.

Summary: Doo-dads such as club decals, jackets, shirts, emblems, stationery, etc. all have proven popular with some clubs. These items are just so much frosting on the cake, though; make sure you bake a good cake before you try to ice it.

It is hoped that this article has provided some new ideas on how to run a ham club. It is understood that clubs must be tailored to meet the specific needs and interests of the members. Some subjects have been mentioned in a few words despite the fact that they are of such great importance that articles could be written on them alone. The purpose of this article is just to hit the high spots and it is hoped that this has been accomplished. Your added suggestions and comments would be appreciated.

Remember that a ham club is supposed to be an association of people who are in the amateur radio service; make sure your club's long-range objective is to be of service.

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