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

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3.  Provide a Supportive Environment for Learning

Is the club environment a safe place to ask the most elementary of questions?  For less experienced members, it is essential that no question is treated as a “stupid question.” Respond to each question with a respectful answer. We all were beginners at one time. All of us went through a learning process -- often with other members to help us. Become a welcoming, respectful mentor.

girlIn our club, things run well and we sometimes forgot that a lot of our members -- maybe a third of the club -- don’t know much about astronomy and unless they’d come to us and say, ‘Hey, we’d like to learn about astronomy,’ we’d forget. So we wanted to organize something for them.

Consider starting Special Interest Groups (SIG) for members who would like to learn more about astronomy (or sharing astronomy with the public), the night sky, and/or operating a telescope -- at the introductory level. Here are some ideas other clubs have used:

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