We've had an AGM (a proper one, with elections and motions and minutes and everything...) and even (drumroll, please) a website. Yes, you can now find us, officially, on the Internet at http://www.yorkgarrison.co.uk. And if you go along there, you'll also find the details of our first major event: Ten4Ten.
Now, we've done one Ten4Ten already, which was a great success. The idea is that we offer ten hours of wargaming for ten pounds: that's a big chunk of wargaming. Easily time for two big games, or three smaller ones, plus lunch. It's also a great opportunity for a really elaborate campaign of some sort and, this time, we're doing Inquisitor.
Now, those of you who know me will know that I'm a huge Inquisitor fan (in fact, see my other blog, charting progress of the development of the new Inquisitor 2.0 rules), so the New Secrets/Old Lies campaign is dear to my heart and I hope it'll be a roaring success. We'll see.
However, having said all that, there are still things about YGWC that worry me somewhat. For a start, so many of our members come as part of a pair. We've got a pair of twin brothers; a pair of friends who might as well be brothers, and a father and son. These "dependent members" are great in one way: when one comes, the other comes - two for the price of one, as it were. But it also means that if just one person's away, another person is also away more often than not. So in these dependent members we can find the potential for great income loss should they fall away.
The key, therefore, is to seek a healthy mix of dependent and independent members. And I have to admit that we're also doing pretty well on this side, too.
There are two other populations that offer great benefits and great drawbacks that must be balanced: university students and members of the Armed Forces. Both groups tend to be excellent and regular attenders... but only for a limited period of time. Because the end of a course or the next posting can come all-too-quickly and a good friend disappears to the other side of the world. I'm happy to have one of each type actually on my committee at the moment (in fact, one of them has just taken over as Leader, allowing me to focus on the money side as Treasurer), but I have to keep the imminence of departure uppermost in my mind with one eye on stocking a back-up.
There are two other advantages to this type of member, though: first, they are easy to reach. Noticeboards and newsletters are widespread in both universities and garrisons and bases. If you can get your details into the news, you'll reliably reach a lot of people. The other advantage is connected with their departure: they carry news of your existence far and wide and they often encounter fellow wargamers heading in your direction and push them your way... if you're a good club! And if you can recruit enough over time, you'll enjoy the benefits of having an extended family of former members around the world, spreading the good news and expanding your numbers.
Whether York Garrison has reached the end of its journey is far from clear, and I suspect that this blog is far from over. But for now, this is me, signing off...