Rules for Running Social Clubs

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Rules for Running Social Clubs
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Gathering together with those with whom you feel comfortable and share similar interests can be refreshing and relaxing. The formation of an informal or formal social club is an appealing way for people to connect with others. While interacting with others is encouraged by such clubs, there are etiquette rules for running social clubs that are generally unspoken. Social club gatherings should be organised and respectful of everyone present.

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Create a Sense of Order

While some social clubs are not formal (for instance, sororities or fraternities), it's important to establish a sense of order, at the very least. This order can be created by ensuring that those within the circle share general likes and interests. These interests can be occupational, activity or hobby-based, theme-based or simply that everyone is invested in participating in the club.

Establish Rules

The point of having rules is to have a sense of cohesiveness and to reinforce order. Try to achieve a group consensus on everything from group discussion topics to group activities. Social club rules can include restrictions on attire and meeting locations and times.

Find a Meeting Location

Pick a venue to host your meetings. This does not have to mean shelling out cash; you're simply looking for a complementary environment for your budding conversations and eventual networking. Find a local lounge or park, depending on what kind of social group you're a part of, and make the space official by holding a mixer or introductory meet-and-greet for members.

Appoint a Leader or Create a Network

It's important to have some sense of direction within your club, and a leader may be able to keep the group on track. However, if an appointed or voted-on leader feels too formal, another option would be to have everyone act as a leader. In this case, everyone would have a hand in future activities and topics to be discussed. Having a meeting for all members to brainstorm is a great way to generate ideas and group consensus.

Remain Respectful

Although a social club often focuses on the group members' commonalities, it's important to remember that each person has an entire life outside of the group and weekly meetings. Respecting one another's feelings and points of view is a basic step for creating a comfortable environment for everyone. Creating a hierarchy of club members is unnecessary, as there should be an understanding that all members come together to be on an even footing with one another and discuss and engage in activity without much pretence. Make sure everyone has a voice.

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