The Museum produces a small 4-page newsletter once a quarter. Being editor is a bit of a soft option, because I can do most of my work at home at times of my choosing. The main part of the job is chasing up regular or occasional contributors for copy, and then fitting the articles together to form a coherent whole; this necessarily involves sub-editing articles for style, content, and length. I do all this in soft-copy on my laptop, using Microsoft Publisher.
Once the finished newsletter is ready, I then have to get it printed. We produce about 450 copies, of which 350 are mailed out, and the remainder sit out in the Museum for visitors to pick up. My wife, the membership secretary, and I usually find ourselves doing the stuffing and mailing as well!
We have some 300 Holst Members but our aim is of course to increase the number. Visitors to the Museum get their admission back if they join within 30 days of their visit and as membership secretary, I process their application forms. Visitors to the Museum’s website can also print out a membership form and send it to me.
I have a database to keep track of payments – the membership year starts on 1st October but the letters to those who will be paying by cheque and also the membership cards for those paying by standing orders go out with the August mailing which means a busy summer for me! I chase up those who haven’t paid later in the year.
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