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    how to start a MD club?

    How would someone go about starting a metal detecting club? is it a good idea? what would be involved in doing it?

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    Re: how to start a MD club?

    Hey Mike.
    It's kind of like loving fly fishing spending every moment you can on the water then trying to open a fly fishing shop.
    You never get to fish.

    It's a lot of work.
    But, if it's a burning desire then give it a shot.
    You have to have monthly meetings.
    You have to build a website and or forum.
    You have to be dedicated.

    I travel 1-1/2 hours to my club meetings in an already established club in Knoxville TN.
    I like it that way myself. Plus I can always help out if needed.

    good luck though!


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    Re: how to start a MD club?

    i'm just tossing around the idea because there isn't a club in my area. There are a few detectorist that I know of an probably alot I don't.

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    Re: how to start a MD club?

    I understand.
    Like I had mentioned, I travel 1-1/2 hours to TN. for the monthly meetings and it's great.
    You meet folks to detect with in another area and you'll meet someone else within reasonable driving distance. I'm sure there must be a club within an hour of you?
    Give it a shot. see how they run it.
    Then if you'd like to start one yourself, you'll be more prepared.

    Good luck

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    Re: how to start a MD club?

    Are these guys in driving distance? Maybe email them and ask if they would be willing to speak every other month in your area. That would be like starting a club I guess.


    http://www.fmdac.org/states/states.cfm?st=PA

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    Re: how to start a MD club?

    That would be at leats a 2 1/2 hour drive from me. If I could find a local club I would join them.

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    Re: how to start a MD club?

    Quote Originally Posted by PAmike
    That would be at leats a 2 1/2 hour drive from me. If I could find a local club I would join them.
    Sorry.
    That's too far. I really think it would be a pain to try to start one mike.
    I'm at a loss bud.

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    Re: how to start a MD club?

    I my Opinion , its not worth it. Go on line and find a few guys or gals and start hunting together. , suply the

    BBQ and have fun
    Love to detect history

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    Re: how to start a MD club?

    good advice Hardy

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    Re: how to start a MD club?

    When I was in Maryland I used to get together with several other MDer's just as a place to meet and talk about our hobby and where we have hunted. We would make it a get together with wives, kids, dogs and just have a cookout at a local state park. They had a shelter we could use if the weather turned bad. Sometimes we would meet at someone's house when the group was still small. It was fun and no one had to keep minutes or go over the last meetings details. Sometimes we would scatter a few tokens with numbers on them for the kids to find and they would win a prize donated by some of the members.

    Eventually it grew and someone was elected as president and formally started a club. I liked it when it was just a bunch of MDer's having a get together as friends. It's a thought. When it starts getting to organized it becomes work and someone has to do it. Not me! Sorry but I have enough to do and don't need organization in my already hectic life. Try an informal meeting someplace where you all can come to gab and compare finds informally. You might like it.
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    Re: how to start a MD club?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hardy
    I my Opinion , its not worth it. Go on line and find a few guys or gals and start hunting together. , suply the

    BBQ and have fun
    Atta Boy!

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    Re: how to start a MD club?

    If you do start a club, it is yours to with what you like. If I wanted to start a club I would call a few friends and fellow detectorist, and put an add in the paper maybe a free radio spot? and get a feel for the wants. Then have an organizing meeting. It should be run as a club with bylaws and set up as you like. If not you will run into problems. In this is the case and you want less responsibility and less head aches may come from just posting on TNET and see who comes to a get togeher say once a month.

    By the way I have been VP of my club for three years and it has not been too hard or time consuming. A little frustrating sometimes but most of the frustration was from demanding members and not the other officers.

    Check out www.shoreseekers.org for some ideas or just to see what we are up to.

    Ed D.
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    Ed Donovan

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    Re: how to start a MD club?

    Just my feelings " Clubs are a pain in the A$$ " better off like was said find some one in your area and have coffee or breakfast and enjoy . All clubs i have known was to political for me they all start out fine then bam just like a small goverment. The same guy wins best find even though he did not have it then the clique's they set in.. I have 2 buddies we hunt from time to time we have coffee before and after the hunt sometimes breakfast or lunch and we get along fine that to me is the best way. But then i am not a joiner and my buds are not joiners we don't need it.
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    Re: how to start a MD club?

    Quote Originally Posted by Keppy
    Just my feelings " Clubs are a pain in the A$$ " better off like was said find some one in your area and have coffee or breakfast and enjoy . All clubs i have known was to political for me they all start out fine then bam just like a small goverment. The same guy wins best find even though he did not have it then the clique's they set in.. I have 2 buddies we hunt from time to time we have coffee before and after the hunt sometimes breakfast or lunch and we get along fine that to me is the best way. But then i am not a joiner and my buds are not joiners we don't need it.
    I agree

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    Re: how to start a MD club?

    True, metal detecting clubs are not for everyone. However not all clubs are alike. I would advise anyone to try one. For example: My club allows new members to come to a meeting and one club hunt (We have a hunt once a month. The area and permission are acquired by the hunt master.). It cost $25 a year for a family membership. I did see a little of the problems you all mentioned after a few years. My answer was to become an officer, now going on 3 years as VP. Why? I can contribute to help keep the club fair to all.

    Bottom line choosing a club is like life, date a little (try) and choose what is best for you, this club, that club or go solo, no club.

    Any way you do it, keep swinging, finding, and digging.

    Ed D.
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    Ed Donovan

 

 
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