Come together right now

Getting people together to form a group isn’t easy.

Right now, I’m helping relaunch a Georgia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, a well-known advocacy organization that represents journalists.

I’ve been a dues-paying member since February, but oddly enough, even though Atlanta has a large daily newspaper, CNN, and Turner Broadcasting, there is no Georgia chapter of SPJ. So now I’m helping start one.

On Tuesday evening, we had our first event, where potential members met each other.

As I’ve found out, it’s difficult to rally people, even if it’s for a good cause. I’m sure many people who have been involved with non-profits have felt the same way.

But there’s a lesson to be learned here: when you’re just beginning to start a group and it’s hard to get high numbers of people involved, it’s important to have passionate, invested people on your side. Scratch that — it’s important no matter how big an organization is.

Have you ever tried to start a club or group? How successful were you? Any tips to share?

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