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Growing Your Astronomy Club
Part 3: Cultivating Volunteers

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Effective practices clubs use to develop a culture of service:

  1. Consider Term Limits to prevent burnout and ossification
  2. Implement Effective Recruiting Strategies
    1. Have incumbents prepare a description of their job
    2. Institute a policy that the incumbent recruits his/her own replacement and commits to training the new person
    3. Create the position of Volunteer Coordinator
    4. Recruit one-on-one, preferably face-to-face
  3. Make each job manageable
  4. Give volunteers public recognition for their service to the club

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