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Posted by Michael Smith on December 07, 1999 at 15:22:39:
In Reply to: Questions about starting a herpetological society/club posted by KEP on December 03, 1999 at 11:48:39:
Several of us are completing the setup of the Dallas-Fort Worth Herp Society. There are few *required* procedures, but it does take a LOT of time and work to get it going right (or what we perceive as right). The first step is to make sure there are several dedicated people who will participate. One or two people should probably not attempt it alone. The most formal step we've taken has been to complete an IRS S-44 form (if I recall correctly) to get a tax ID number to have a bank account in the society's name. We think it's crucial to have a good newsletter, which itself takes a lot of work. One or more people have to have a lot of contacts so that recruiting speakers can be done. It's also very helpful to have several advisors, people with recognized knowledge and credibility who can help give guidance as well as help make sure the society's activities or publications are factually correct. Then there's lots of marketing to potential members.
Acting Newsletter Editor, DFWHS
: I was wondering what steps and procedures are required to start a herpetological society. I appreciate any comments or help from any experieced people. thank you