I have become really hooked on modeling in recent years and been wondering how hard it might be to start my own modeling club. There are a good handful of model clubs in my state but nothing right around the corner.
So....my question is "How does one go about starting their own modeling club?"
Descide where you want to meet. Put up a note about your intentions in every place that has anythint do do with models(wallmart,hobby shops etc). Include your phone number, and set back and wait. Phil(frog)
PS don't forget the local library or places where magazines are sold.
We have just started one in Jacksonville, NC. Tim, the fellow who founded it, made some flyers and left them in our local hobby shop, plus he did some posting in this newsgroup and message boards on other sites like FSM asking if anybody was interested. We started in late October, and so far so good...
It takes a bit of work. Back in about 1992, along with Chuck Holtie and about
5 other modelers who were stationed at Shaw Air Force Base, we went through this process; forming the IPMS Gamecocks in Sumter SC.
We had a lot of support from an already established IPMS chapter in Columbia and they helped get the word out to others in the community. We posted notices on the windows of craft and hobby shops in both Sumter and Columbia and I actually put an ad in one of the local advertisment-type newspapers and we posted notices at the base Rec Center. We got a bit of interest in the military community as well as some in the local community. Initially, we hosted our meetings at the base Rec Center and slowly the membership grew; within about a year to a year and a half, the civilian members outnumbered the military ones and we moved the location to an off-base location (I seem to remember it being the library but could be mistaken on the exact location). At any rate, it was a meeting place that was gratis for us since we really didn't have much of a treasury.
We co-sponsored several events with the already established IPMS Columbia club and got more publicity from that; leading to even more members. Last I heard, IPMS Gamecocks was still going strong.
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I and a couple of others are doing this now in Minnesota. There ARE modeling groups, but we are intending a somewhat different emphasis. We had our first meeting with people that were interested in the new club but were already members of one of the other clubs. That is only eight people. However, the more help the better, as in going to hobby shops with posters. Also consider the activities announcements in local newspapers and radio stations. Public libraries usually have meeting rooms available for no cost.
Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I've never been to a modeling club meeting. What usually is discussed? Is it a show and tell of projects? Discuss new/different techniques? Is there usually a set agenda, or are they loosely structured? Just curious.
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I could be way off here, but don't you also need to apply to IPMS for a charter to make it official, or is that just a good, but purely optional item?
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take a big stick and whittle it down... What? Not that kinda club...d'oh! off the top of me lil head... Try advertising at the local hobby shop? Ask them if they think there would be enough interest in the first place?
I guess the best part about going to a model club meeting is just being around others who have the same hobby interests as you. You get to show off your latest work, and the members are always willing to trade helpful modeling hints. The last part is really interesting: Some techniques I thought were almost universally known were unknown by some of the other guys, and the exchange of tips and techniques make all of us better.
Ours usually are. We tend to meet at members' houses, so no-one drinks too much unless they have a lift, or they live there... (c: Sometimes, the meeting goes on into the late evening, especially if the member is single (or has an understanding 'significant other') and mentions BBQs, videos, or "Hey, guys, try this wine/port/scotch/bourbon/insert beverage of choice." Most of the guys will put on munchies for the gang during the meeting - chips, dips, etc. We have a good time, enjoy our meetings, and sometimes we learn something, too. And no IPMS affiliation. Although one of us is a member - we'll have to have stern words with him about that. (c: