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Advice For Starting A New RC Model Club
Starting a new RC Model Club
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Widdog
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January 9, 2013 - 9:01 am

Hi,

I am starting a Local RC Model Club. I have a Facebook Group Page at https://www.facebook.com/MorgantownFlyers?ref=stream . Anyway I’m new at this and I want to do a good job. Basically I worked out a deal with the Senior Center to use their indoor Gym. They will allow my Group to fly RC Helicopters there. I am doing a presentation at the SeniorCenter to recruit new members. Also I have invited all my friends and family to join. I would appreciate any advice to help make my Group a success. Also if your ever in West Virginia your welcome to come fly with us.   

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Actually owe you all a big apology here. I didn't mean to seem obtrusive with my last comment.

Just been a tough few weeks here. The best news is that Barbara is home and recuperating and

all the pathology and oncology tests came back negative, so now just a matter of time to get better.

Thank you all for your support over the past couple of weeks, and thanks to SF for your words of

encouragement.

  I'll begin working on my fly-in here after things get back to normal here, probably in a few weeks.

Meanwhile it seems we have picked up another PA. resident to join us. It seems Ogden is from

the Scranton area. I'll be posting him next, since I used to live there! Oh, and watch the references to

food from Northeast PA, for those not from the area, well, you gotta live here to understand!

  Meanwhile, good luck Widdog in your efforts for a get-together, like your ideas!

Finally, here is a tidbit to let you know things are getting better here; a song quote to

wrap up this message. I haven't had one on for awhile:

  

This one has NOTHING to do with this forum, but modifies to fit!

"Shot through the heart, and you're to blame, baby,

Syma gives Air Hogs a bad name!"

   Bon Jovi         sort of

    

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CPD
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January 18, 2013 - 4:25 am

Yeah, don't be surprised if your first meeting has only a handful of people. You're not going to all of the sudden have 20 or 30 people show up, just let it grow at its own pace. Personally, as long as you keep it strong and establish itself with a half decent number of members, and are able to recruit as many, if not more, members as you have members leaving, then you should be alright. I wouldn't try to recruit a ton of people very fast and end up with just a mess of people that have no idea what they're doing or what the club should be doing.

 

Thinking of that, something I would do would be have everybody come up with a list of what they would like to see in the club bylaws and set up the basic foundation while you are small. If you wait to create bylaws too long, and you do start recruiting a ton of members somehow, then that can get tricky trying to pass bylaws or basic ground rules. I don't mean set up every single bylaw you would think you would need right now, just the framework "don't steal other peoples stuff or you're out" and "the club will hold regular meetings at appropriate locations, as close to a 2-meetings-a-month schedule as possable" kind of basic stuff. I know with my OA lodge, it is an absolute PAIN to pass a single amendmant to the Manual of Administration. It would be a lot easier now to set up the framework than trying to create order out of chaos later. Additionally, having a basic set of guidelines that you can edit later woud held show some level of order, and that it's not just some random thing somebody's trying to start in their garage, both plusses for prospective members.

(I would make sure to add a section with guidelines on how to ammend the bylaws and how to create/raise dues so that it doesn't become a sticking point in the future.)

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January 17, 2013 - 8:16 pm

This evening is the big “Meeting”. I am keeping my expectations low for turn out but am hoping for the best. I did make a sign out of poster paper and used stencils to make the lettering. I am advertising Facebook page and this forum. I will post how things turn out during the meeting.  

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January 17, 2013 - 3:36 am

Syma Freak said
Now these are some of my crazy ideas--print out a A4 poster and stick them on lamp post etc,just be careful you do not get a fine for grafiti--send emails to local schools,Again only my ideas-you have to be prepaired to put the hard work in to promote,and see response back to make the day doable-approach company's that say have say a jumping castle,offer them a spot no payment to them but they can advertize their products-you charge them $20 for the day--all really about making it a family day out..

SF

Hmmm... the thing with schools got me thinking... in a few years when it's going strong, you might be able to put together a demo team, once everybody's good enough and there's enough people. That'd be cool to see a bunch of guys flying larger helis doing all kinds of tricks while rc car/truck guys do all kinds of ground tricks. Obviously, you couldn't do that right now, but once you're established, that would be a cool recruitment tool.

Some towns will let you post stuff on telephone poles, some won't. I would look around for the kind of stores that perspective members shop at and ask if you can put up something in a window, or on a community message board, next to the used washing machines and dogs people are selling. Just, if you did that, make sure they're noticable with big, bold, colorful letters and pictures, and make sure to put tabs with your phone number, email and the group's facebook for more info and that it's a free group. (I'm assuming you're not having dues, at least until you need to in order to organize a larger group in umpteen years.)

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Widdog
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January 16, 2013 - 10:35 pm

I really enjoy this fine forum and would never intentionally do anything to cause a problem. I love talking about the planning of the group. I love reading the great suggestions. There is kind of an ole saying that goes something like “Your Doing Good If You Can Get Your Hobbies To Pay For Themselves.” For me this unfortunately does not apply. I spend money on my hobbies; ok I spend more on hobbies than I should. However, I would like to point out that not only do I get a lot from hobbies…It sort of saves me money from buying other stuff i.e. fancy car.. Alcohol… “There But For The Grace Of God Go I”

 

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January 16, 2013 - 4:51 pm
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Actually the forum belongs to you guys,sure the site is mine, but it is you guys the members that make the forum-now JamDJ do not get hard on your sellf setting up your fly in-you have had to look after your partner,more important than anything-

When you are ready to put your toe in the water you will get sponsors.Just one easy way is to send a email to all model shops within say 50-100 mile radius explain what you want to do and offer them free advertising with them supplying banners etc and a small charge for an area in the hall or gym you are setting up-they can even come themselves and set up a table-you then ask for a % of their sales done for the day-

It comes down using a old term "networking" Also maybe get a coffe or food van organized offering them a spot for a cost like $20 for so many hours set..another idea print out some flyer leaflets stick them into peoples homes,drop off at shops in your area asking for email booking,like that will give you an idea of people turning up--

Now these are some of my crazy ideas--print out a A4 poster and stick them on lamp post etc,just be careful you do not get a fine for grafiti--send emails to local schools,Again only my ideas-you have to be prepaired to put the hard work in to promote,and see response back to make the day doable-approach company's that say have say a jumping castle,offer them a spot no payment to them but they can advertize their products-you charge them $20 for the day--all really about making it a family day out..

sorry gone on a bit-just excited for both you and Widdog-my ideas are mad..more for you both to get the passion juices flowing-then there is nothing that will stop you creating your dream!

SF

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January 16, 2013 - 1:47 pm
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Well it looks like things are starting to congeal for a fly-in SOMEWHERE in the eastern United States. At least

Widdog has a sponsor, that's more than I got right now. Keep in mind, CPD has collegiate responsabilities

and SF and SN are not even on the same side of the planet so we have to keep open communication here.

I'm keeping track of health issues here at home so been watching this on my I-phone, not too much fun.

Anyway, lets keep an open mind as to what we do and also remember that this site belongs to SF and

SN, so PLEASE don't do anything without their permission first!

  Keep the blades up and the landing gear down!

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January 15, 2013 - 8:46 pm
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I am with cafe press http://www.cafepress.com/rcheli1 never really pushed selling products-they are good but a bit expensive..let us design a T-shirt SF

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January 15, 2013 - 8:30 pm

Syma Freak you are awesome. Great Stuff… I had a member donate an easel that can hold up a nice sign. Now I need a sign that has the Group name and the forum on it. I love the idea of T shirts. I think that my members would like this to. I will put it out there at our meeting on Thursday.

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Widdog said
http://img812.imageshack.us/im.....irlsph.jpg 

Good points CPD. All is what I’m asking for is a full size stand up poster of a beautiful woman that I could attach a word bubble to that gives out the forum and my group info. Is this too much to ask for?  

Wow,maybe you should hire a real woman,and I will supply t-shirts-just like formula1,you can walk around with her following you with an umbrella lol - I do have some t-shirts and can get some made-maybe better than banners?

 

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Widdog
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January 15, 2013 - 7:05 am

I followed the advice I got here very closely. Thanks everyone. I think my local group may make it.

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CPD
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January 15, 2013 - 3:10 am

I have no idea why, but sometimes it won't let me use the "add reply" button :/

Anyway, look around at a movie/entertainment/music kind of store like FYE but not really like FYE, more like a little, local kind of thing like that. Where I'm at, there's one store that's a bunch of used movies, used games, used memorobilia, and a TON of carboard cuttouts. They're not that cheap, online they're like $35 +shipping, and in-store, they're even more, but you should be able to find one there that you could use. Probably a scratch-and-dent one that would have some flaw you could cover up with a speech buble or large printout of a s107. Then just take a chunk of a cardboard box that's getting thrown away anyway, take some posterboard, make it say "Welcome to the world-fly in, sponsored by syma107.com and the Morgantown RC Club." or something like that.

Yaknow the more we get into it, the more it sounds like this is going from the Morgantown, WV RC club to the Morgantown VW International RC Club, with honorary members from as far away as Austrailia, the other side of the pond and as close as the other side of Pittsburgh. Lol. Had to know that by posting it on here, it's now become almost like a figurative meeting place and figurative real-world version of the forums, at least from the perspective of us on here, and not there irl.

Hope it all works out for ya!

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January 15, 2013 - 2:03 am

http://img812.imageshack.us/im.....irlsph.jpg 

Good points CPD. All is what I’m asking for is a full size stand up poster of a beautiful woman that I could attach a word bubble to that gives out the forum and my group info. Is this too much to ask for?  

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CPD
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January 14, 2013 - 11:37 pm

Yakow, I thought of the same kind of thing a good while ago. One of those things, "If I ever hit the power ball, I'd fly in SF, SN and invite a bunch of other guys to come where I'm at, first day would be visit the 'Wings Over Pittsburgh' airshow (HUGE airshow with all kinds of cool stuff there. Never got to go to it yet, but it looks AMAZING) then the next day tour the area, looking at the beautiful landscape around here, then fly some outdoor helis in our farm fields, then rent out a warehouse or something for the day to fly smaller birds." (of course, all while wearing s107 forum t-shirts)

Obviously, I didn't win the powerball, or I'd be driving a refurbished UH-1 Huey to school, not a 2000 Rav4, and you guys beat me to the punch.

Sounds like it should be a lot of fun! I wish I could go, but as I was telling JamDJ, you have to remember, I'm just a college kid here, and I'm not going to go a couple hundred miles and a few hours to be with people I don't really know. (as the old saying goes, it's not that I don't trust you, it's that I don't trust anybody, especially people you meet online--there's been too many crazy people doing too many crazy things, and I don't want to be found under 4 inches of dirt in the middle of the woods or in the bottom of a lake with cinder blocks tied to my neck.) That said, I hope it goes well, and everybody enjoys it when you get it up and running!

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Widdog
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January 14, 2013 - 9:23 pm

Thanks Much Syma Freak. Do you think you can get the poster stand up of a Model RC Girl? And or figure up a cost of such a thing for me? Also others may want to order one as well.

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January 14, 2013 - 6:52 pm
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All about connections and helping our hobby-more than willing to help here-with guys like CPD,Jamdj,myself and Supernova,hell we can create a fly in for say start off your states in the USA-keep us posted-will pin this topic SF

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Widdog
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January 13, 2013 - 8:35 pm

Syma Freak Wow Great Stuff!   I’m speechless. Awesome stuff... The idea of a ‘World Fly In is fantastic.

How about we make it a found raiser for Charity? Instead of a Banner I would really like a stand in poster of a pretty girl advertising the event/forum… For charity we might be able to get a awesome babe to do it. I believe in the UK there is a female spokes person for RC stuff that is sort of famous that might even do it.

I was thinking if we made the charity for children. Well anyway I just don’t have it all figured out. The poster is definitely something I want. I just can't get that just anywhere. And I really really really want one of those!

 My group has a sponsor Century 21 Real Estate. I will get them to pay the $25 Gym fee and buy a Syma contest prize. The poster is something we just can not buy. I would rather the extra effort be put into the Cut Out Poster instead of the contest prize.

      See a Stand In Poster would be very Convenient for me to set up at the doorway. Everyone would have to look at it by putting it at the front doorway.

Once again Great Stuff Syma Freak

      

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January 13, 2013 - 6:00 pm
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CPD that was a brain mind video- going to try that-thanks mate!

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Guys-I am in awe of your ideas-Unfortunately not that blessed with heaps of money-however I am prepared to buy two Syma 107 G helis for your fly in each for you-one thing that would be neat is maybe I get my son who has a printing business is to create like a plastic banner for you both with say a link to our forum or website--would that sit ok with you guys-then as Widdog suggest have a flying competition and offer the helis I will send you as a prize..then take some good photos and videos and I will create a special fly in page on our site and forum to show the action day!!-feel this could be exciting and good advertizing for your clubs-which any time you are having a meeting will post on forum and web page-give me your views guys-here to help--also will approach the Syma company direct once you have some proof of the fly in,like flyers,etc- and see if they want to get involved-you know what will contact them to day to get their feed back-I am excited with this idea.. ssig_cool2

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