Hi Austin, The newsletter is edited by our Chairman, the website is operated by a committee member.
We have 8 committee members and have a committee meeting every month.
I find out what members are doing and get them to talk about their projects.
I am also the 'greeter' for club evenings and I have an assistant from the new membership. We see new members settled with someone of similar interests.
Where needed our Secretary gets the mentoring system going.
We also teach competent driving of locomotives on our track.
You have to look after your members not just plonk them at the back of the room and see what they do! It was a bit like that 40 years ago.
All of the new members comment on how friendly their reception has been and this is down to the members as a whole having 'bought' into the idea.
We have a 3 hour evening with 20+ minutes about halfway for a chat etc. This means some speakers take the whole period and with other evenings we have 2 speakers.
If it is someone not used to speaking I will join them at the front as support and prompt them when necessary.
It is always a friendly atmosphere and a speaker is never left on their own or embarrassed etc. There may be 3 up front, speaker, camera person and possibly someone to help with the presentation.
I was trained in presentations at work and it has all been very useful applying it in the club.
On one occasion I had talked a very nervous chap into giving a talk, at the last minute I said to him "Forget your notes, just say you are the crane driver and this is a working model of my crane". "Any questions"?
It all went very well. He had a large drag-line crane with a 5 foot jib and the controls were built into a chair so it was like the real thing. Questions and chat went on all evening.