Most clubs, mine included, rely on one or two people to stay afloat. Moving from an informal study group to an informal club is a pure matter of word choice.
Moving to a more formal club is an actual decision…one that you’ll need to make eventually if you plan on growing as a group, I’d wager. In that case, you’ll need someone to handle business for the club, most of which will be scheduling locations/times, scheduling training content, keeping up with all of your members (and tracking prospective ones), and collecting/spending dues, if any.
I recommend it. A club, with dues, is more likely to engender some sort of “loyalty” or at least increase participation by folks other than you and your wife. Dues will let you buy loaner equipment, rent a better place to train, etc. T-shirts or other “gear” gives you a group identity which increases the club’s longevity. People usually get out of something what they put into it, and people tend to put more into clubs than study groups.
That’s a pretty wide generalization, but it seems right in my anecdotal experience.
The con is that clubs require more work, more time, and more effort from the lynchpins, at least initially. Later on they’re actually easier, because the workload is distributed across more shoulders.
Club affiliation with the Alliance is another matter. If you and your wife are both members, and there’s no one else in your club, I suppose technically you’re already affiliated as soon as you apply for it. Adding people to the club at that point costs a little bit, but gets you a few benefits that are worth a lot more than the fee (like the insurance and nonprofit status).
Does that help? Am I missing the mark on your question?
Jake NorwoodMarylandKDFHEMA Alliance
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