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- 40 posts total
I suggest using Meetup (an online Social Network focusing on aggregating folks with similar interests) to get a South Florida audio club going. Our local (Tampa Bay) Suncoast Audiophile Society quadrupled in size after we migrated to Meetup. There *is* a modest fee (monthly or semi-annual) for the group organizer (not members) but that can be easily recouped from the active membership.
Sounds promising! Did you use meetup to find the members, or did you find the members on audiogon and then direct the group to use meetup for communications?
One of the big problems I find with this forum is that if a user does not remain active with any particular post, even if he or she has interest, the momentum dies. If there was a way to more effectively communicate with a group, a club could get off the ground!
I think a fun activity for a meetup could be that a host offers his home for some listening, and perhaps two other members bring some different speaker cables, to explore the differences in a particular system. Not necessarily because the host is in the market for cables, but rather just to educate our ears and have a group discussion. Another way to do that would be to use the cable company's lending library and chip in for the cost, and experience a cable comparison together. And of course, discuss the nuances over some nice malt whiskey!
We had about 25 active members, but slow growing due to limited word of mouth. After migrating to Meetup, lots of local audiophiles started finding us! We now have over 100 members (60+ active), and a sister club spun off in Sarasota (also on Meetup). If you search Meetup, you'll find many audiophile clubs are using it worldwide. The platform has it's quirks, but overall lots of tools for managing meetings, RSVP's, discussion forum, uploading pics, etc. My suggestion is to make it a PRIVATE group, and vett your prospective members with a phone call and/or public meeting.