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Club Leadership & Organization / Re: Dealing with Club Growth
« on: July 12, 2011, 08:25:18 PM »
Bobby M-
Been out of the loop for a bit. I'm wondering what your steering committee decided to cap the membership at and why? Meeting dynamics, meeting venue capacity? What you did might be helpful to what we're facing now.
Thanks,
Brandt

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Club Leadership & Organization / Re: Dealing with Club Growth
« on: June 29, 2011, 02:24:21 PM »
We're among those dealing with rapid growth and a change from "what it used to be". Thought we could just manage it through sponsorship and quarterly membership acceptance dates, but starting to realize it's not going to work. Don't want to move from our excellent meeting place that we will outgrow so I'm seriously considering suggesting capping membership.
But until then, has anyone ever dealt with turning down someone wanting to join? Our recent monthly meeting gave me pause when one of our members brought some friends who just don't seem to be a good fit. If first impressions are right, any experience on saying "we don't want you"?
Thanks for starting this, Drew. I got a lot from the NHC session.

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The Pub / Re: Any beekeepers?
« on: November 16, 2009, 09:05:15 PM »
Been keeping bees for about 7 yrs, mainly to make mead. It's cheaper and easier to buy hive boxes, but some things like feeders, escapes and others are better to build. CCD is mostly in the commercial arena caused by a combination of several factors. Backyard keepers mostly have to deal with normal things like varroa, nosema and tracial mites. It's a great hobby, but might be cheaper and easier to just buy honey from a reputable seller (local) if you just want mead and honey for brewing. Lots of info on the net and through local bee keeper groups.

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