Ho, ho, ho, and welcome to another holiday edition of the Mindscanner,
This time, we decided to do another 'themed' issue, and the theme for
this one is RECRUITING! KAG, like any organization, must keep
bringing in new members to do what we do (which is to be the best Klingon
fan club out there). So the next few pages will be full of ways
for your local group to go out and get those important new
members. Go on and read the rest of the issue, and then come back
here. I'll wait.
Done? Alright, what I want to talk about is what to do AFTER
you've recruited someone. The two most important encounters you
will have with a new recruit are the first and the second. The
first is where you impress him so much with your awesomeness that he
signs up to join KAG. But the second encounter is just as
important. Once you have his name on the roster, is he promptly
forgotten about, or is he quickly introduced to what makes KAG so much
fun for the rest of us?
New recruits need to be assimilated into our activities as soon as
possible, while they are still feeling the rush of joining.
Getting them onto the listserves is a start, but what KAG is all about
is in-person costumed events. Make sure the new member is invited
to all local events, and encouraged to participate. They may need
help putting together a uniform; it's probably a good idea to have a
couple of 'loaners' on hand to get them over this initial stage, so
they can look as good as the rest of us while they are working on a
uniform of their own.
There are all kinds of aspects to KAG, and Klingon fandom in general,
that we take for granted but will be totally unfamiliar to a brand new
member. The trick is to quickly introduce the fun parts, but ease
up on the stuf that they may need to know about eventually but might
scare them off if loaded on them too soon. Joining a House, for
example, should probably wait until they have a better idea of who they
want to align with. And if you have a heated rivalry with some
other local fan club (as sometimes happens), best not to go on and on
to the new guy about how much "we hate those guys"; it will just make
him think "All those Klingons are alike; forget it."
Because KAG has no dues, the new member has no incentive to insist on
getting their money's worth. So unless we make them part of our
family, they may quickly forget the form they filled out and go back to
their boring lives. We have to make sure that their lives stay
Speaking of which, I've got some holidays to enjoy! See you in
the new year!