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2011 – FCS Meetings Reports

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12/15/11 FCS Meeting

Three officers, two members, one guest (a first time guest), and one son (seven total participants) had a great time at the 12/15/11 FCS Meeting at Wayne Weilnau’s home.  The meeting featured pizza, sausage, cheese, crackers, chips and salsa.  Thanks to Wayne for sharing the sausage, cheese, crackers, chips and salsa.  Paul Irwin led a devotional on the importance of 1:1 discipleship.  We watched the Spiritual Outdoor Adventures DVD ‘Talk the Talk with the Duck Man.’  Five door prizes were given away.

The following events were discussed:

Clay Target Shoots and Tournaments

  • Saturday, 12/17/11, 9:00 AM – 11:45 AM – ‘Rudolf’s Revenge’ Sporting Clays and Skeet Shoot at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club
  • Saturday, 12/31/11, time TBD – Year End Finale Sporting Clays Tournament at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club
  • Saturday, 1/14/12, 9:00 AM – 11:45 AM – ‘Clay Targets Covered with Ice Sickles’ Sporting Clays and Skeet Shoot at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club

Winter Dove Hunt

  • Friday, 12/30/11 through Sunday, 1/1/12 – Winter Dove Hunt at Lee Ewald’s ranches near Dilley

Deer and Hog Hunt

  • Friday, 1/6/12 through Sunday, 1/8/12 – Parent/Child Deer and Hog Hunt on Frank Hamilton’s ranch near Trickham

Duck Hunt

  • Friday, 1/20/12 through Sunday, 1/22/12 – Self-Guided Saltwater Duck Hunt near Port Aransas

Upland Bird Hunt

  • Saturday, 2/11/12 – Guided Upland Bird Hunt with Mike Schumann near Dime Box

FCS Meeting

  • Monday, 2/13/12, 7:00 – 9:30 PM – FCS Meeting and Chili Cook-off at Charlie Batts’ home

10/17/11 FCS Meeting

Five officers, eight members, five guests (including one first time guest), and one daughter (19 total participants including four ladies) had a great time at the 10/17/11 FCS Meeting at Charles Cutchens’ home. The meeting featured a shrimp boil (shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, new potatoes, and jalapeno’s), chips and queso, and brownies. Thanks to Charles for cooking and for sharing the chips and queso. I led a devotional entitled The Wrong Trail.

The following events were discussed:

  • Saturday, 10/22/11, 9:00 AM – 11:45 AM – “Welcome Fall” Sporting Clays and Skeet Shoot at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane, Austin, 512-272-4707).
  • Thursday, at a date to be determined in November – Outdoors Forum and Catfish Fry at Great Hills Baptist Church (10500 Jollyville Road, Austin, 512-343-7763).
  • Saturday, 11/12/11, 9:00 AM – 11:45 AM – “Thanks for Giving us the Knowledge to Make Clay Targets” Sporting Clays and Skeet Shoot at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane, Austin, 512-272-4707).
  • Friday, 11/18/10 – Saturday, 11/19/10 – Guided Duck Hunt with Pohl’s Guide Service on Lake Somerville.
  • Friday, 11/18/11 through Saturday, 11/19/11 – Chartered Bay or Deep Sea Fishing Trip with Kenneth Gregory Guide Service near Port O’Connor.
  • Sunday, 11/27/11, 12:45 PM – McAlpine Open Sporting Clays Tournament at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane, Austin, 512-272-4707).
  • Thursday, 12/1/11, 6:30 – 8:00 PM – Shrimp Boil at Great Hills Baptist Church (10500 Jollyville Road, Austin, 512-343-7763).
  • Saturday, 12/10/11 – Guided Duck Hunt with Kenneth Gregory Guide Service near Port O’Connor.
  • Monday, 12/12/11, 7:00 – 9:30 PM – FCS Meeting at Wayne Weilnau’s home (16100 Fritsch Cove, Austin, 512-388-3340 – Home, 512-589-4120 – Cell).

9/22/11 Officers Meeting

Seven officers had good food and a good time at the 9/22/11 FCS Officers Meeting at Rudy’s on 183. Bruce Crockett and I, Randy Rowley, gave a tutorial on how to edit pages and posts on our new website.

The FCS Website Maintenance Plan is as follows:

Randy Rowley
  • Big Game Hunts promotions and reports
  • Clay Target Shoots promotions and reports
  • FCS Dinners promotions and reports
  • Meetings promotions and reports
  • Ministry Events promotions and reports
  • New pages and posts
  • President’s Message
  • Promotions promotions and reports
  • Through the Crosshairs (President’s Columns)
Jim McGee
  • Chartered Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing Trips promotions and reports
  • Dove Hunts (except for the Lometa Blast and Cast trips) promotions and reports
  • Shooting Range Shoots promotions and reports
  • Upland Bird Hunts promotions and reports
Ken Miller
  • Concealed Handgun License Classes promotions and reports
  • Self-Chartered Freshwater Fishing Trips promotions and reports
  • Self-Chartered Saltwater Fishing Trips promotions and reports
  • Waterfowl Hunts (guided trips and self-guided trips) promotions and reports
Richard Corbin
  • About Us (Membership Information section)
  • First Time Guests page
  • How to Join
  • How to Renew
  • Membership Application
  • Membership Information
  • Membership Renewals page
  • New Members page
  • New Members, Membership Renewals, and First Time Guests sections of the Statistics page
  • Member’s Profiles pages.
Kevin Wall
  • Budget
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report section of the Statistics page
Daryl Shipper
  • Attendance Records
  • Attendance Summary
  • Bylaws
  • Statement of Faith
  • The rest of the Statistics page
  • Votes and Polls
Ron Denison
  • Equipment
  • FAQs
  • How to Help
  • Library
  • Officers
  • Promotional Displays
  • Release of Liability Waiver
Mark Dillow
  • Lometa Blast and Cast promotions and reports
  • River Fishing Trips promotions and reports
Bruce Crockett
  • Clay Target Tournaments promotions and reports
  • Photos
  • New pages and posts
  • Scores

8/8/11 FCS Meeting

Five officers, six members, three guests (including two first time guests), and one son (15 total participants) had a great time at the 8/8/11 FCS Meeting at Mike Coppedge’s home. We dined on ribeye steaks, corn on the cob, red potatoes, and Texas garlic toast! First time guest Stephen Simank spoke about a medical mission trip that he took to Haiti after the earthquake and about his businesses – Guns +, concealed handgun license classes, and more! Stephen Marlow talked about the progress on his group’s attempts to secure a public shooting range in Hays County. The following events were discussed:

Clay Target Shoots

  • Saturday, 8/20/11, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – “Dove Tune-Up” Sporting Clays and Skeet Shoot at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane, Austin, 512-272-4707).
  • Saturday, 9/17/11, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – “Dog Days of Summer” Sporting Clays and Skeet Shoot at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club ( 8707 Lindell Lane , Austin , 512-272-4707).
  • Saturday, 10/8/11, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – “Welcome Fall” Sporting Clays and Skeet Shoot at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club ( 8707 Lindell Lane , Austin , 512-272-4707).

Dinners

  • Monday, 8/22/11, 6:30 – 8:30 PM – FCS Dinner at Catfish Parlor ( 11910 Research Blvd. , Austin – 512-258-1853).

Dove Hunts

  • Thursday, 9/1/11 through Friday, 9/2/11 (the dates are tentative) – Dove Hunt (Central Zone) with Whitewings Galore near San Angelo .
  • Saturday, 9/10/11 – Blast and Cast (Dove Hunt and Bass Fishing Trip – Central Zone) on Joel Kirby’s land near Lometa.
  • Thursday, 9/22/11 through Sunday, 9/25/11 – Dove Hunt (South Zone) on Lee Ewald’s ranches near Dilley.
  • Friday, 10/7/11 through Sunday 10/9/11 – Dove Retreat (Central Zone) on Frank Hamilton’s ranch near Trickham.

7/11/11 Officers Meeting Minutes

Five officers and one son (six total participants) attended the 7/11/11 Officers Meeting at Rudy’s Barbecue on 183.  Jim McGee led us in prayer.  The following issues were discussed:

  1. Report on the 3/31/11 Wild Game Dinner for the Men’s Ministry at Great Hills Baptist ChurchSeven officers, six members, one son, two guests (16 total participants), and 39 Men’s Ministry guests (56 grand total) attended.  The menu included grilled venison, chicken fried venison, venison sausage, venison chili, dove, duck, quail, redfish, hybrid bass, snapper, homemade beans, corn on the cob, and rolls.  We donated the left-over’s in a large Igloo cooler to the people at St. George’s Court (a housing complex for low income and disabled people).  They were very appreciative.  We made $180 profit, which was deposited into the FCS ministry account.  We will try to do a wild game dinner just for the people at St. George’s Court next year, as they have far more need for a good meal than a typical attendee from one of our large churches.  Our present ministry fund balance is $775.39.  We spent approximately $230 at the 3/31/11 Wild Game Dinner, so we could easily afford a similar ministry event at St. George’s Court.
  2. Report on the 6/25/11 Parent/Child Skeet Shoot with First Baptist Church of Pflugerville.  Three first time adults and five children attended (15 total participants).  Everyone had a good time and four of the youth broke targets.  As we have not been able to get the numbers of new participants that we desire either with Great Hills Baptist or First Baptist of Pflugerville we will try to do a shoot with Operation Orphans next year.
  3. 2011 Statistics (to date).  We are holding the line with our recent annual averages on everything except membership renewals (which I have discussed recently in several editions of FCS News and in my 4/11/11 Through the Crosshairs (President’s Column)).  We are down to 47 supporting members, which is 9 below where we were on 12/31/10, a little over six months ago.  Mr. A. Nonny Moose donated $260 to the Club on 5/8/11 to offset the 13 memberships that we were down at the time.  The officers discussed our present budget and what our expenditures we would need for a 47 supporting members budget.
  4. Status of the new website (http://fcs-texas.org).  Bruce Crockett gave an update which included a demonstration of the sporting clays scorecard and how to add comments.  Most of the information from our soon-to-be former website has been transferred over to our new site.  This will become our only website in the very near future (possibly as early as 7/18/11).
  5. We had a follow up discussion on the idea to make public service announcements on KFMK (Spirit 105.9 FM).  The officers discussed the fact that it is very hard to predict what attendance we will have at events and we don’t want to be in a situation where a lot of guests come to an event that few FCS members attend.  This would give them a bad impression of the Club.  Instead of submitted a specific event to announce Randy Rowley will explore asking them to make a general announcement about the Club.

Our present budget is:

Projected Income

330.00 – 11 new memberships ($30.00/member)

 920.00 – 46 membership renewals ($20.00/member)

1250.00 – Total

Projected Expenditures

673.00 – Liability insurance

318.00 – Membership benefits (FCS Polo shirts, T-shirts, or Mouse Pads)

107.00 – Annual Web Hosting renewal and domain name fees

40.00 – DVD purchases (for six meetings)

35.00 – Annual NRA (or another organization) donation

18.00 – Photocopies

16.00 – Miscellaneous office supplies and other expenditures

15.00 – Fill up the FCS propane tank

15.00 – Stamps and postage

1237.00 – Total

Projected Surplus

13.00

Our 47 member budget would be:

Projected Income

940.00 – 47 members ($20.00/member)

Projected Expenditures

673.00 – Liability insurance

107.00 – Annual Web Hosting renewal and domain name fees

40.00 – DVD purchases (for six meetings)

35.00 – Annual NRA (or another organization) donation

18.00 – Photocopies

16.00 – Miscellaneous office supplies and other expenditures

15.00 – Fill up the FCS propane tank

904.00 – Total

Projected Surplus

36.00

This is the same budget as our present budget with the exception of the highlighted items.  We would not have to make any further cuts in expenditures unless we went below a 45 member budget.

The following recommendations from Richard Corbin were discussed:

  1. Keep a focus on recruiting new members and renewal of old members.  We have been doing this for a little while, so I would assume limited success.  Randy noted that every event web page states, “FCS membership is not required in order to participate or attend FCS events; however, if you are interested here is how to join.  Members and guests, please bring a friend!”  Also every issue of our weekly FCS News states, “Members and guests, please bring a friend (unless we’re full; please RSVP if required)!  Note: FCS membership, church membership, and being a Christian are not required in order to participate in or attend FCS events; however, if you are interested here is how to join the Club.”  We also have information on membership on our About Us and How to Join/Renew web pages (which can be assessed on our Main Page.
  2. If we run into a deficit, then we could ask for donations from members to “fill the gap”.  Randy noted that presently our general account balance is $1,455.25.  We are not in danger of running into a deficit any time soon.  The consensus of the officers present was that if we did run into a deficit asking for donations would be one of the options considered.
  3. Raise memberships by $5 a year.  I think that $25 vs. $20 would not be a make it or break it issue for current members.  That extra revenue would give us some cushion in the budget.  As noted in recommendation #2, we have a substantial balance.  The consensus of the officers present was that there is no need to raise dues at this time or any time soon.  If we begin to have difficulty of meeting expenses this would be one of the options considered.
  4. Do FCS fund raising events, 50/50 raffles, etc..  But, I think we are all very busy and this might not be worth the time that would be spend by just a few.  The raffles might be an option, especially if held at some of our larger attended events.  Not sure how this might effect the club’s tax status.  As noted in recommendation #2, we have a substantial balance.  The consensus of the officers present was that there is no need to do fund raising events, raffles, etc. at this time.  However, after we have pulled off our own wild game dinner (without the assistance of the men’s ministry at a church) and a large youth clay target shoot (such as with Operation Orphans) we will be in a much better position to seek sponsors for such events in the future.  If we begin to have difficulty of meeting expenses these would also be some of the options considered.
  5. Do some revenue raising events.  Charge a minimal fee for FCS cook outs, charge for shooting lessons or to personally coach an individual at a shoot.  As noted in recommendation #2, we have a substantial balance.  The consensus of the officers present was that there is no need to do such revenue raising events at this time.  However, if we begin to have difficulty of meeting expenses these would also be some of the options considered.

6/13/11 FCS Meeting

Five officers, eight members, two guests, and two sons (17 total participants) had a great time at the 6/13/11 FCS Meeting at Larry Dowden’s home. Dinner consisted of beef and chicken fajitas, rice, refried beans, tortillas, and homemade banana pudding. We watched the DVD Raging Boars III. I, Randy Rowley, led a devotional on The Moment of Truth.

We discussed the following events:

Sporting Clays Shoots

  • Saturday, 6/25/11, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Father/Child and Youth Skeet and Five Stand Shoot with First Baptist Church of Pflugerville followed by FCS Sporting Clays Shoot at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane , Austin , 512-272-4707).
  • Saturday, 7/16/11, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – “Hotter than Blazes” Sporting Clays and Skeet Shoot at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane, Austin, 512-272-4707).
  • Thursday, 8/4/11 and Friday, 8/5/11, 6:00 AM – 6:30 PM (both days) – Student Instructor/Student Sporting Clays Shoot at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio.
  • Saturday, 8/20/11, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – “Dove Tune-Up” Sporting Clays and Skeet Shoot at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane, Austin, 512-272-4707).

Sporting Clays Tournaments

  • Saturday, 6/18/11, 12:45 – 3:45 PM – Dickie Loy Memorial (Sporting Clays Tournament) at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane , Austin , 512-272-4707).
  • Sunday, 7/24/11, 12:45 – 3:45 PM – McBride’s Open (Sporting Clays Tournament) at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane , Austin , 512-272-4707).

Fishing Trips

  • Saturday, 7/9/11 through Sunday, 7/10/11 – Chartered Bay Fishing Trip with Kenneth Gregory Guide Service near Port O’Connor.

Meetings

  • Monday, 8/8/11, 7:00 – 9:30 PM – FCS Meeting at Mike Coppedge’s home (206 Mesa Verde, Cedar Park, 512-258-1945 – Home, 512-632-9550 – Cell).

Dinners

  • Monday, 8/22/11, 6:30 – 8:30 PM – FCS Dinner at Catfish Parlor (11910 Research Blvd., Austin – 512-258-1853).

Dove Hunts

  • Thursday, 9/1/11 through Friday, 9/2/11 – Dove Hunt (Central Zone) with Whitewings Galore near San Angelo.
  • Saturday, 9/10/11 – Blast and Cast (Dove Hunt and Bass Fishing Trip – Central Zone) on Joel Kirby’s land near Lometa.
  • Thursday, 9/15/11 through Sunday, 9/18/11 – Dove Hunt (South Zone) on Lee Ewald’s ranches near Dilley.
  • Friday, 10/14/11 through Sunday 10/16/11 – Dove Retreat (Central Zone) on Frank Hamilton’s ranch near Trickham.

Teal Hunt

  • Saturday, 9/10/11 – Guided Teal Hunt with Bill Sherrill Waterfowl near Wharton.

4/11/11 FCS Meeting

Five officers, three members, and two sons (10 total participants) had a great time at the 4/11/11 Club Meeting at Ron Denison’s home. Dinner consisted of fried catfish, French fries, onion rings, okra, hushpuppies, and jalapeño poppers, along with Cole slaw and potato salad. Alex Denison made brownies for desert and they were yummy! We watched the DVD Secrets of the Triangle Volume 1 (sporting clays shooting). Jim McGee led a devotional on the hope that we have in Christ.

I, Randy Rowley, discussed the fact that we are down to 38 supporting members, which is 18 below where we were on 12/31/10, a little over three months ago! This is the lowest number of supporting members that we have had since 2003! If this trend continues we will eventually either be forced to significantly cut our expenses and/or raise our renewal dues or start having FCS Bake Sales! If your membership has expired please consider renewing today. All that is required is to mail your $20.00 membership due check to Kevin Wall, FCS Treasurer, at 205 Covala Drive, Cedar Park, TX, 78613. Please do not mail cash. Make your check out to “FCS.” You can also deliver cash to Kevin or me at any FCS event, our homes, or wherever you see us. If you’re not on the Membership Revewals page (last updated on 4/11/11) then your membership has expired. I am not concerned about how many supporting members we have. What concerns me is that we are able to meet our expenses.

We discussed the following events:

Sporting Clays Shoots

  • Saturday, 5/7/11, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM – FCS Open” (Two Rounds of Sporting Clays and Lunch at the 290 Café) at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane, Austin, 512-272-4707) and the 290 Café in Manor.
  • Saturday, 6/4/11, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Father/Child and Youth Skeet and Five Stand Shoot with the First Baptist Church of Pflugerville followed by FCS Sporting Clays Shoot at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane , Austin , 512-272-4707).
  • Saturday, 6/11/11, 6:00 AM – 6:30 PM – Student Instructor/Student Sporting Clays Shoot at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio.

Sporting Clays Tournaments

  • Saturday, 4/23/11, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM – “Rabbit Shoot” (Sporting Clays Tournament) at The Gun Smoke Shooting Range (in Snook, near College Station).
  • Sunday, 5/22/11, 12:45 – 3:45 PM – The Emerald Open (Sporting Clays Tournament) at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane , Austin , 512-272-4707).
  • Sunday, 6/5/11, 12:45 – 3:45 PM – McBride’s Open (Sporting Clays Tournament) at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane , Austin , 512-272-4707).

Fishing Trips

  • Monday, 5/23/11, 3:30 – 9:00 PM – Chartered Hybrid Bass Fishing Trip with Jay Garrett on Lake Belton.
  • May Guided Crappie Fishing Trip – Randall Klimek is putting together a guided fishing trip for crappie on Granger Lake. The cost will be $100 a person and a tip is highly recommended. They can take one other fisherman. Contact Randall at 512-567-6189.

Meetings

  • Monday, 6/13/11, 7:00 – 9:30 PM – FCS Meeting at Larry Dowden’s home (905 Cashew Lane, Cedar Park , 512-259-2490 – Home, 512-248-8233 – Work, 512-507-5894 – Cell).

2/21/11 FCS Meeting

Five officers, eight members, and one first time guest (15 total participants) had a great time at the 2/21/11 FCS Meeting at Mr. Charlie Batts’ home. Dinner consisted of six pots of homemade chili, cornbread, homemade cake, IBC Root Beer and tea! Thanks to following people who brought food and drinks:

  • Charlie and Joan Batts for cornbread muffins, chocolate cake, IBC Root Beer and tea;
  • John Murray for Lake of Fire Chili and cornbread;
  • Bruce Crockett for Crockett’s Last Stand Chili;
  • Kenneth and Regina Kidd for Just Plain Chili and jalapeño cornbread;
  • Ken Miller for Slap Your Momma Chili;
  • Harold Terry for White Fire Chili; and
  • me, Randy Rowley, for Randy’s Radioactive Road Kill Chili.

I led us in a Devotional called The Greatest Valentine’s Day Gifts.

The following events were discussed:

Sporting Clays Tournament

  • Sunday, 2/27/11, 12:45 – 3:45 PM – Red Apple Open (Sporting Clays Tournament) at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane , Austin, 512-272-4707).

Sporting Clays and Skeet Shoots

  • Saturday, 3/5/11, 9:00 – 11:45 AM – Spring “Break the Targets” Sporting Clays and Skeet Shoot at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane , Austin, 512-272-4707).
  • Saturday, 4/9/11, 9:00 – 11:45 AM – “April Showers of Broken Clay Targets” Sporting Clays and Skeet Shoot at the Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club (8707 Lindell Lane, Austin , 512-272-4707).

24-Hour Sporting Clays Shoot

  • Friday, 4/29/11 through Saturday, 4/30/11 – 24-hour Sporting Clays Shoot at the 74 Ranch near Campbellton.

Fishing Trip

  • Saturday, 3/19/11 – Non-Chartered White Bass Fishing Trip at Colorado Bend State Park.

Ministry Event

  • Thursday, 3/31/11, 6:30 – 8:30 PM – Wild Game Dinner at Great Hills Baptist Church (10500 Jollyville Road, Austin, 512-343-7763).

FCS Meeting

Monday, 4/11/11, 7:00 – 9:30 PM – FCS Meeting at Ron Denison’s home (1009 Ambrose Cv., Pflugerville, 512-670-7717 – Home and Work, 512-217-4677 – Cell).

1/24/11 Officers Meeting

Eight officers attended the 1/24/11 Officers Meeting at Mighty Fine Burgers on MoPac. Jim McGee led us in prayer. The following issues were discussed:

  1. Follow-up on a Father/Child and/or Youth shoot with First Baptist Church of Pflugerville.

Ron Denison will explore having an event with the Men’s Ministry of First Baptist Church with Scott Richter and Kenneth Kidd and will provide a report as soon as possible.

  1. Status of the new website (http://fcs-texas.org).

Bruce Crockett gave an update. Most of the information from our soon-to-be-former website has been transferred over to our new website. The exceptions are we decided not to transfer past events and many of the pictures that are older than 2009. We are experiencing problems with the calendar feature and the feature where members will be able to add their own posts (classified ads, prayer requests, articles, devotionals, members’ profiles, etc.). The new site will become our only site on or before 3/26/11 (when we will renew our web hosting fee).

  1. 2010 Statistics.

We are holding the line with our annual averages on everything except new members, which was down considerably from 2009. Here is how many people joined the Club each year during our history:

2010 5
2009 11
2008 16
2007 * 32
2006 13
2005 10
2004 21
2003 24
2002 10
2001 17
2000 3
1999 2
1998 4
1997 7
1996 13
1995 4
1994 2
1993 1
1992 10
1991 5
1990 10
1989 9
1988 11

* = record

The numbers are not as bad as they appear. On 9/21/01, we implemented a mandatory non-members fee for all Dove Retreats. Non-members were given the option either to join the Club or to donate the equivalent of the membership due to the Club’s treasury. All non-members chose to join the Club. This practice was discontinued on 6/10/07, as it was determined to be no longer needed. Therefore, the membership numbers from 9/21/01 through 6/9/07 include people who were compelled to join the Club. Also several Buda Chapter members joined in late 2007 and 2008, which explains why the numbers of new members were significantly higher during those years. So the only true comparison for 2010 is 2009 and 1988 through 2000. For those years we averaged 6.57 members joining the Club, so 2011 is only slightly below our true average.

Regarding ideas to increase new members that were explored at the 8/16/10 Officers Meeting (that we decided to move forward on):

  • So far our joining the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce (on donated money) as a non-profit and me making a one minute long presentation on FCS at their 11/10/10 meeting has not resulted in any new guests or members.
  • Make public service announcements on Christian radio stations. I explored this and learned the following:

KLOVE – 92.1 FM – listener supported – no information about local announcements.

KFMK – Spirit 105.9 would be glad to help your church or non-profit agency get the word out about your upcoming event on the air. Send us an MP3 file of your pre-recorded announcement about your event 2 weeks prior to your event. The length of announcement must be 30 seconds in length. Selection of events announcements for broadcast is at the sole discretion of SPIRIT 105.9 and is subject to editing.

KIXL – 970 AM – Catholic owned:

Morning Midday Afternoon Mon-Sun Mon-Sun
6A-9A 9A-3P 3P-6P 6A-6P 6A-12M
$40 $30 $45 $25 $15

Their rate is per 30 second spot.

I will explore asking KFMK to consider announcing a large upcoming event.

  • Encourage guests to join and members to bring guests in e-mails and on our web pages. I added a blurb about it in every edition of FCS News. It states, “Members and guests, please bring a friend (unless we’re full; please RSVP if required)! Note: FCS membership, church membership, and being a Christian are not required in order to participate in or attend FCS events; however, if you are interested here is how to join.” There is also a blurb about it in every e-mail about a specific upcoming FCS event and on every upcoming events web page. It states, “FCS membership is not required in order to participate or attend FCS events; however, if you are interested here is how to join. Members, please bring a friend!”
  • Have events, such as banquets, that honor new members, rather than to give preference to them. For now, we will do this at our annual FCS dinners.
  • Encourage FCS members to wear FCS shirts and caps as frequently as they can. I sent out an e-mail encouraging this.
  • Encourage FCS members to promote FCS events in their Sunday School classes and to help promote FCS in their churches (help man our display). I sent out an e-mail encouraging this and will speak to it at upcoming meetings and events such as sporting clays shoots.
  • Host an FCS wild game dinner at a church. I sent out a poll regarding this and received a few responses. I have contacted FCS member Andy Spencer, who is also the Men’s Ministry Director for Great Hills Baptist Church . We are working on establishing a date for this event. For the last three years, FCS has cooked for the Annual Shrimp Boil at Great Hills Baptist Church , so we have experience pulling off the food part of a banquet, with around eight volunteers. We will need many volunteers to put on an entire dinner by ourselves.
  • Pursue endorsements and sponsorships (as a means to increase revenue because we are below the projected number of members that our budget calls for). We discussed:

This could affect our tax status.

What do we offered a potential sponsor in way of getting their name out?

Consider getting involved with another group – tap in with something that is already going on, such as Austin Christian Bass Club’s Kid’s Fish.

We need to first put on a successful event that serves a large number of people, such as a Youth Clay Target Shoot. With that under our belt it will increase the odds that a business such as McBride’s would be interested in sponsoring the next one.

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