We don't limit membership. If we had tried to limit membership when we were growing, we would be in a very difficult position now. Club members grow into workers and leadership positions at different rates - and I think that most clubs need a mix of experience levels in the leadership positions. There will always be attrition. Some people will stay members, but not be present for a while as other life priorities need to be dealt with (or - will come back later when the other priorities settle down). One side effect of limiting membership is that people in the club will start to burn out - there is little new blood to take on new roles. Without new people, eventually the folks doing all the work just can't do it anymore.
Meeting space can be difficult - but maybe we can talk about some creative ways around that?
8)We got lucky and found a community center that can accomodate us now (and with a fair amount of growth). We pay a donation each month - and our meeting raffle usually covers those costs.
8)If you have a club that is getting too big for it's location - increase the dues to cover location costs, or - maybe take a collection at each meeting to cover meeting location costs.
8)For folks in states who are lucky enough to be able to meet in a place with a liquor license... - talk to them. Maybe you can get an area for free if a certain number of members buy dinner before/after the meeting.
If people are concerned that others won't join a club that is too big - it's fine for those new folks to look at forming a separate club. As an interesting note - the original members of the second club formed in Cincinnati formed for that very reason. Both clubs are successful and growing (and - are about the same size, now
). The clubs get along fine today - and we do some events together - which makes us a very large group for those things!