George Riches wrote:There's a danger in generalising from the experience of one or two member groups to all.
The member group I'm active in, CTC-Coventry has an average attendance of 12 on Sunday rides and 7 on mid week rides. That, together with a programme of a dozen slide shows every year, about sums up our activities. I haven't got the number of CTC members in our catchment area to hand, but if you assume 1 CTC member for every 1000 inhabitants, we should have more than 300.
We are thinking of closing down the DA, as it consists of only 2 member groups and there is nothing it does which couldn't be done by one or other of its member groups (or even ad-hoc groups of members).
Perhaps the national office should investigate what proportion of CTC members have what sort of attendance at what sort of CTC activity.
BTW. I think the national webspace has significant potential for helping local groups to build themselves, as I mentioned in an earlier post.
If your figures are anywhere near correct that's a lot of riders you're missing.
Either they are unaware of your group or they don't want to go on all day rides at the weekend (I looked at your website). I've PM'd you about the latter but if they don't know about the group, then give your registration officer a kick up the buttock
Personally, I'd like to see National Office formally introducing new members to the local group they've been automatically assigned to, either by letter or email. Relying on the voluntary efforts of a registration officer is dangerous if you're serious about your membership.