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Growing Your Astronomy Club
Part 2: Keep 'Em Coming Back

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1.  Create the position of New Member Steward

The New Member Steward helps new members know what to expect. You may give this person any title you like, such as Mentor, Guide, or Coach.

checkTIP: Procedures that might seem obvious to long-time members are not necessarily obvious to new members. Examples:

The New Member Steward is available to orient new members and answer their questions.

stewardThe Steward:

Members feel more a part of the club if they are given an item that identifies them as a member. Some items that clubs provide:

Linda“We provide simple engraved plastic name badges for all our members. It sure helps the newbies … well, it also helps those of us who can’t remember everyone’s name. A local awards and trophy shop makes them.”

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