How to set up a social club

Updated February 21, 2017

Social clubs have come along way from the nineteenth-century gentlemen's clubs, where upper-class men met to smoke, drink, gamble, play billiards, read and discuss. Although males and females still enjoy these same activities, today a social club exists for almost any hobby or recreational pursuit. Consider starting your own social club to meet new people and to introduce others to an activity you are passionate about.

Ask yourself what you are really passionate about in order to choose a theme for your social club. Perhaps you are an avid reader and want to start a book club. Maybe you enjoy food and want to create a potluck club or you are concerned about homeless people and want to serve food to street people once a week. An ultimate frisbee club, a co-ed hiking club, a quilting club, a singles social event club or a beer-tasting club are just some examples. Narrow down your theme so you can attract interested members.

Start small by inviting friends or contacts on a social networking site you use, such as Facebook. If you are new to an area, post ads on online notice boards, like Craig's List, Kijiji or Meetup.

Pick a location, such as your living room, a coffee shop or a park that has room for all the expected newcomers. At the first meeting, discuss plans for future meetings. For example, if it is hiking club, plan the locations of the first few hikes or, for a book club, plan the first few books you will read. You could also plan an activity for the first meeting, such as a warm-up game of soccer for a co-ed intramural club. Decide on how often you want the club to meet.

Expand the club membership if you wish by asking members to e-mail their friends or social contacts and by posting flyers on appropriate notice boards. For example, if you are leading a book club, post signs in local libraries and coffee shops. Place ads in print and online newspapers.

As the group begins to grow, you may need to find a bigger meeting place or plan for transportation. Ask libraries or community centres if you can rent a room or inquire about renting 15-passenger vans from car rental agencies. If you want the group to grow, you will need to collect membership dues to pay for the space or vehicles.

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About the Author

Michelle Brunet has published articles in newspapers and magazines such as "The Coast," "Our Children," "Arts East," "Halifax Magazine" and "Atlantic Books Today." She earned a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies from Saint Mary's University and a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University.