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George hit on the most difficult aspect of the job, and the only part of it that I would consider "work".
Getting folks interested might not be too difficult, but keeping that level of interest is much more difficult. If you like people and are not afraid to devote a fair amount of your time to the task, you will be successful.
There is a forum for chapter leaders only on FTE where we share ideas and strategies that we all use to accomplish this, so you would have that support group to help you along.
It's difficult at first and can be frustrating, but as things begin to come together you will feel a sense of accomplishment that makes it worth the effort.
If you have any questions about this that you don't want to post, feel free to PM me and if I don't know the answer I'll get it for you.
Thanks for the post in the general forum, got my attention. I went looking to see what was going on, and then I found George was already here...
Anyway, realistically, just encourage activity, chat, hang out, whatever you would normally do to gain interest. It takes time, so don't worry about it, it won't happen overnight... It also goes in spurts, while the weather is nice, the activity goes down. Of course, you have typically better weather out that way... (my sister lives in Boise, once in a while I get to wander out that way...) Hard no, heart breaking, it can be, until you figure some things out about the dynamics of it all. Hey George, does it count that I also am the first CL for the Iowa group? They don't seem to want to get rid of me yet, been about 3-4 years now... Just stay active on the boards, and do what you can to get the offline meets. After that, it is what you make it, (and others of course...)
the workhorse:86 F250 4x4 6.9 Diesel 4-spd, 4.10 axles
the other workhorse 92 F350 2wd crew cab,3.55 rear axle, 92 6bt Cummins, NV4500
the project: 78 F150 4x4 shortbed 351 auto Iowa Chapter leader, ASE certified parts specialist
Come on down and join us in the Iowa chapter, or your own local chapter!! Thanks, Roger
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