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    Winning National Medals

    I have a whole stack of gold medals I've won at national skirmishes. Deep South folks that have seen me shoot are now gagging. How did this happen??
    Well except for a Class II musket medal I won with the Escort a couple years ago, they're all B team medals -- won with the Iredell Blues up in the Carolina Region. That team got so big that some of the top guns like Norm and John filtered down to the B team and we kicked a__, especially in revolver.
    How did the Blues get so big?? When I joined eight or ten years ago the team was on the verge of extinction. I called Jim Rogers who told me they were on the verge of pulling the plug. I said, "Well you got me now." Something triggered Jim and his wife Marty and they set out to rebuild the team -- and they did.
    Just what they did I'm not sure but whatever it was membership blossomed. I think it involved talking to gun clubs. Everyone has seen their son Joel on the recruitment video so you have a sample of the Rogers' personality.
    I used to build muzzleloader interest in Iowa by running "building a muzzleloader" classes thru the community college. Little Estherville eventually had the biggest muzzleloader shoot in Iowa.
    Once you get a prospect's hands on our stuff they're hooked.
    What time is Jim's recruitment workshop?

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    The Krugerrands that Jim gives out to new members helps with recruitment
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggman View Post
    I have a whole stack of gold medals I've won at national skirmishes. Deep South folks that have seen me shoot are now gagging. How did this happen??
    Well except for a Class II musket medal I won with the Escort a couple years ago, they're all B team medals -- won with the Iredell Blues up in the Carolina Region. That team got so big that some of the top guns like Norm and John filtered down to the B team and we kicked a__, especially in revolver.
    How did the Blues get so big?? When I joined eight or ten years ago the team was on the verge of extinction. I called Jim Rogers who told me they were on the verge of pulling the plug. I said, "Well you got me now." Something triggered Jim and his wife Marty and they set out to rebuild the team -- and they did.
    Just what they did I'm not sure but whatever it was membership blossomed. I think it involved talking to gun clubs. Everyone has seen their son Joel on the recruitment video so you have a sample of the Rogers' personality.
    I used to build muzzleloader interest in Iowa by running "building a muzzleloader" classes thru the community college. Little Estherville eventually had the biggest muzzleloader shoot in Iowa.
    Once you get a prospect's hands on our stuff they're hooked.
    What time is Jim's recruitment workshop?
    The secret is commitment to the culture of skirmishing and to building the team's culture and being willing to put in the work to make it happen. Some other points are:

    1. You have to be engaging, encouraging and focused...grump-asses don't tend to recruit well.
    2. One big key that you already mentioned is you have to get some hardware in their hands and some smoke in their nose so to speak.
    3. You have to be willing to let people see your passion for it no matter how embarrassing it might be in certain social situations.
    4. You have to position it as a family endeavor...make the potential recruit understand this is something their whole family can get involved in and then SHOW them that.
    5. Make sure they feel they BELONG here and they are as much a part of it as it is of them.
    6. Keep in mind that you are always recruiting and being seen as an Ambassador of Skirmishing and act accordingly.

    There's a lot subtleties to consider too but those are the big points I have found.
    It's not rocket science but it is work
    R. Harrison
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    Grumpasses can and do recruit. I are one.
    on the way down, I recruited two fellas in the Cabellas McDonalds. They were open carry. Gave them literature. This morning I recruited a fella born in Winchester, living in Charlotte never heard of us.
    actually signed up a new teammate two weeks ago.
    It is a calling😀
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    Quote Originally Posted by PapaRob View Post

    1. You have to be engaging, encouraging and focused...grump-asses don't tend to recruit well.
    I'm afraid your observation will cause most readers to totally doubt the validity of my post. The answer is, I hired one Dave Ferguson, master gun builder, to teach the classes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lou Lou Lou View Post
    Grumpasses can and do recruit. I are one.
    on the way down, I recruited two fellas in the Cabellas McDonalds. They were open carry. Gave them literature. This morning I recruited a fella born in Winchester, living in Charlotte never heard of us.
    actually signed up a new teammate two weeks ago.
    It is a calling😀
    Then you would be the exception that proves the rule Lou...besides it's ok to be a grump-ass on here...you're amongst family here so we all know anyway...*wink*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggman View Post
    I'm afraid your observation will cause most readers to totally doubt the validity of my post. The answer is, I hired one Dave Ferguson, master gun builder, to teach the classes.
    I am sure you are a lot more engaging than you give yourself credit for....
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    It was meant in jest. Gotta laugh every day
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lou Lou Lou View Post
    It was meant in jest. Gotta laugh every day
    Can't be a grump-ass then and you're right about having to laugh everyday. The thing I laugh at most is myself...lol
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