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Boca Raton, FL
The Beach Bladers of South Florida Skate club has been active for the past 19 years. However as old members drop out and prospective new skaters couldn't find us or simply were not aware of the skate club our membership numbers fell. So we began looking for ways to reach new skaters and promote the sport of inline skating.
Slightly more than 2 years ago at the suggestion of one of our members, we started using meetup as an additional way for local skaters to find the skate club and join area skates. She signed up as an organizer with Meetup.com and got other local skaters to do the same. Now there are 170 members enrolled, more than double the number of members we had last year. More new skaters are coming out for events like our skate clinic and Sunday events.
It’s a trend we hope will continue, as we want to attract skaters of all levels to join us. One of our goals is to build a large enough group of skaters so skaters at nearly any level will be able to skate with a group of skaters at a comparable level.
We do ask that skaters who take part in Beach Blader activities join the club. Membership is only $25 a year for individuals and $40 for families. Membership benefits include free club picnics, parties, arranged skates and clinics. We also fund National Skate Patrol membership for qualified skaters who wish to volunteer their time. Some retailers also offer discounts on skate related items to Beach Blader members.
Beach Blader members can create their own profile and communicate (“give a shout”) to other members to arrange their own skate or sign up for a scheduled Beach Blader skates. Currently Jim Dolan has the organizer duties with others including myself assisting.
We are using the Beach Blader Newsletter and website for special Beach Blader communications, so we urge you to join Beach Bladers, so you don't miss out even if you are already a Beach Blader meetuo member.
A major benefit of the meetup system is the ability to have joint meetups. This can bring even more skaters together and give every a chance to meet new people and more social opportunities within the company of old friends. However there remain many local skaters who remain outside of Meetup so we will continue to reach them with the Beach Blader newsletter network.
The leaders of the area skate meetup groups will be working together to bring more skating and social opportunities to all area skaters. At times you will see the same event on more than one group and other times there will be different events and skate locations on the same day and/or time. The local inline skate community is diverse in interests, skate ability, and desirable locations. The various meetup groups will reflect that as we plan to attend to the needs of our members and the skating community to make inline skating a fun and social sport for everyone.
While we offer several skates during the week, based participation of individual skate events we know that more local skates on different schedules would draw more skaters. So now would be a good time for other Beach Blader meetup members to sign on as an assistant organizer and host skates in their local area or favorite location. If you are interested please give Jim, Dewi or Gene a “shout.”
Edited by Gene Cook on May 21, 2010 1:57 AM