Ideas for the administration of a philatelic society or stamp club
Dr Robin Gwynn
All societies go through cycles. Some years, there is a buzz of energy, plenty of good ideas, a flow of new members. Other years, the same old people reluctantly volunteer to be re-elected to office, things seem to have gone stale, people remark on an aging membership.
That is the natural ebb and flow of things. In addition, some time periods have special problems. At the moment, for instance, all sorts of voluntary agencies and sports and hobby societies, including stamp clubs, seem to have a common problem in finding volunteers to run them. The busy people in our society as a whole seem busier than ever; others are prevented from participating by cost or lack of transport.
Even the best run and largest societies can run into particular problems from time to time. So here are some ideas which may help when difficulties arise. Mostly these ideas are ones which other clubs have found useful at some time or another. It would be good to add to them: any suggestions will be gratefully received by the Federation Secretary.
“We’d like to publicize our society better, but how do we start?”; or, “We need new members”.
- An article in the local give-away paper and local radio about something you’re doing is more likely to be effective (and much cheaper) than paid advertising.
- If you can’t think of something worth writing up, consider: is there an interesting visiting speaker worth promoting? Is there a local post office centenary to which you could draw attention? How about a stamp quiz for young people?
- Link up with a stamp fair or travelling dealer. They may be very willing to let you have a table to promote your society, though they may not want you to sell material.
- Even better, link in with a fair AND New Zealand Post, and hold a special Stamp Promotion day or weekend.