In all truth I believe there are far more people enjoying this hobby than there were years ago.
What makes me say this. Well look at the product range out there, I've never seen so many good quality kits available, not to mention all the fantastic electronics especially for submarines.
Do you think companies would bother developing and producing this stuff if it didn't sell?
So who is buying it, and where are they?
The question that needs to be asked is, are people more reluctant to join clubs and societies in this hobby, and if so, why?
My personal belief is that the internet has made a massive impact on niche sectors like submarines. 10-15 years ago, if you wanted to find out about this hobby and where to get the things needed to make a successful model submarine, save for a few articles that appeared in major publications, the various organisations were the only way to go about it.
Now you have a dozen or more forums, most of which you can join for free, where you can get excellent advice. Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?
How do you counter that. With difficulty I'd say. One way is to look at ways of reducing the cost of membership (electronic SCR anyone?). Another is to offer things as an organisation that the internet cannot.
If you're part of a chapter, consider organising a fun run, dive-in etc. Swimming pools are ideal, but if you can't get access to one of those, then look for a good lake or pond.
How many chapters in the Sub Committee are genuinely active? Some are excellent, holding regular events, others you never hear a peep from.
As Fox schedule editor I know who I get articles from and who I don't. If your chapter is in the Doldrums, try and think of some ways to stir back in the fire.
As regards stickers, most people have colour printers these days, or at least access to one. Make a flyer up and poke it in the window of your car- job done!