Starting Your Club
After taking these first steps have three or four of your good friends with you on the evening of the meeting and as the promoter and organizer of the club you should be the speaker, and you must be prepared to answer all kinds of questions, wise and otherwise.
When your audience is comfortably seated you can open your little speech by stating the aims and purposes of the rifle club. You should have in mind two or three places that could be used for a club, what a dozen rifles would cost, and about other things having to do with the club. Explain too that in order to start the club and to keep it going until it is self-supporting a small initiation fee will have to be charged.
At this point it is well to have one of your boon companions suggest that everyone present, men, women and boys—the girls don't count—pledge him- or herself to give $2.50, which represents a year's dues, for some boy and that each member pledge himself to get one other member.
After the names of the contributors and members have been taken you can announce that a further meeting will be held, naming the time and place, when the club will be organized, officers will be elected and a range picked out. You can then adjourn.
If it is hard for you to give a short offhand talk write out exactly what you want to say and read it, which will do just as well. Another thing, be sure that a reporter from each one of the papers is present, and always send the editors notice of each meeting to be held, with a request that a reporter be sent around.
This will greatly help the popularity of your club along, and when it comes to your shooting contests he will give ample space to them. This kind of publicity will make the club a matter of public interest and town pride, especially if you have some really crack shots in it.
Collins, A. Frederick. Shooting, for Boys,. New York: Moffat, Yard and, 1917. Print.
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