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there through all of the major events that have
occurred over the past 20 years. She is the
chief manager for the organization.
She was really behind the effort spearheading
the new building, right? Very much so. Gloria
had been working on that well before I arrived,
and we bought the building over five years ago
when the plans were just beginning to be formulated for how it was going to be utilized. We
had plenty of ideas, but none of them could come
to fruition until we had bricks and mortar in
place. Now we have that. Gloria has contributed
immensely to the concepts that are going to
underlie the building once it’s standing and open.
Is the club developing a healthy social media
presence? Very much. We’re on podcasts — 1
million podcasts are downloaded annually.
We broadcast through TV and radio stations.
We do video productions of the speeches and
talks given by our speakers, which can be seen
live, as they’re speaking. In the past four years
we’ve had 5 million video views.
How difficult is it for people to join the club?
Not at all. They can go online or they can fill
out a little form and send it in. They can get on
the telephone and talk to somebody. There are
any number of ways they can sign up. We make
it as easy as possible for them to do that.
You don’t need to be sponsored by a member
like some organizations insist upon? No, you
do not. It’s a wide-open membership opportunity. All you have to do is be interested in
what we do and take advantage of it. There
are different levels of participation available to members. Those who want to come to
programs and not get more involved can do
so. They can pick the lectures they want to
hear and, with 450 programs to choose from,
that’s quite a smorgasbord. I have yet to meet
anybody who’s come away and said, “Gee, that
wasn’t worth it.”
What do you see as your major areas of focus
as your run as chair starts to really take hold?
In addition to the usual duties of conduct-
ing our meetings, formulating our agenda for
the coming year in conjunction with Gloria
Duffy, expanding our network of donors, and
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