How To Boost Your Club's Membership! - Dick Montgomery's insightful article on how to increase your Club's Membership - a lot of great tips and suggestions for taking advantage of your Club's Shows/Events to gain members.
IPMS/USA Chapter Auction Tool - IPMS/USA is pleased to offer this Chapter Auctions application. Auctions are a popular activity with many chapters and currently are managed by keeping a hand-written, running log of sales and purchases. This program automates that process, and calculates each Buyer's and Seller's amount owed at the end of the auction. In addition, it automatically calculates the commission paid to the chapter treasury, if your chapter does this as part of the auction.
The spreadsheet is an Excel 97 file, is "user-friendly", and includes instructions on the first page of the file. A PC or laptop is required during the auction to use the spreadsheet, but most chapters have a resident techno-geek!
The only other supplies required are a bunch of 3"x5" index cards marked with large Buyer/Seller numbers, some price stickers, and an auctioneer. At our chapter auctions, we enlist the younger members as "runners" to deliver purchased items to the members. We believe you will find this to be a useful tool for a fun chapter event and send any questions or suggestions to email@example.com. via John Noack, IPMS/USA.
IPMS/USA Competition Handbook - This Handbook is designed for the use of modelers everywhere, competitors and non-competitors alike. For competitors, it outlines the basic principles that guide IPMS model contests. For judges, it outlines the standards and objectives that make for fair, effective, and efficient competitions. For all modelers, it is a single best reference on how to look at models objectively: to know what to look for, to know what others are looking for, and to learn how to set personal standards of satisfaction and accomplishment.