I'll give you a basic run down of how our club got it's start up and how it survived.
It was simple having a place already provided such as the roadhouse. The fact that it is free and centrally located helped. Once we had a location and start up time, getting the word out was the most difficult if we expected anyone to show up. So we knew the first meeting had to win folks over and spread by word of mouth.
In a large room and fleeting moment there was awkward silence. Then shortly after introductions were given, a couple of us started asking the most obvious questions such as what have you built, how long and all the related stuff that follows. The room was filled with common interest and everybody met up with new friends. I'd say it took the club three months to break the ice and start jam sessions. Each meeting helped us move on to develop a natural and friendly atmosphere where anybody visiting feels welcome. It's not uncommon for regular visitors to come sit and listen or just talk with the group.
Being there to open house on time is very important, so who ever is heading up the meetings should have at least one back up buddy to ensure visitors don't show up to locked doors. Having refreshments helps, also good comfortable seating. We have a few outlets to plug amps into.
Meeting are always the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9:am to 11:am and it is the members responsibility to break meeting on time and clean their area before leaving. We have the option to put our gear away in our cars and come back inside for lunch at Bills place and we often do. After lunches are very cool for many reason and Bills smoked wings in dipping sauce are to die for.
We like to bring in free giveaways such as free cigar boxes, unique building items for friends and swap trades now and then. Some holidays we exchange gifts and bring extras for those who didn't get word.
Caution for there have been one or two days where no one showed up but me or Gary or just a few members. That should never discourage your future meetings so have faith and keep them alive.
Size doesn't matter but attitude does and I try my best to let all members know we are all equal and ask for their inputs always. Bill and his very kind wife have opened up there place for CBG enthusiast to enjoy freely.
Make everyone feel welcome at all times and your club will thrive!