A club social event can be fun for the entire family. I enjoyed the Summer picnics. The club Summer picnic had a horseshoe pitching contest. That was one of the highlights of the day. As we get older the softball, badminton, volley ball, and other exercise has seemed to dwindle. A fun transmitter hunt within the picnic grounds is always a good project and a fun game. As the days get shorter and colder it's time to have a covered dish supper. This get's the wife involved and gives her time to chat and explore why hams are crazy. Our cover dish supper became a real hit, and the XYL's started a cookbook. All the recipes were included in the book. During the supper you chat with friends and enjoy a great meal. Afterwards, the picture show starts. Field Day, the summer picnic shots and remembering the summer that was.. Now we can make plans for next year. Door prizes are great fun. We also would give boobie prizes.... The games we played were simple, talk about your greatest QSO, bring your best QSL Card from the last year and show and tell a new piece of gear.. I have given you 2 ideas that are very easy and inexpensive. If your club members are flush, have a formal club dinner at a fancy restaurant. If you like games a card party or Casino night could be arranged. Your social event does not have to revolve around Ham radio. The idea is to have fun and enjoy the folks that your are in your club. You may want to have a dual club get together with another radio club. I have tried that with Saturday breakfast. Invite anyone interested in wireless communication. Do a show and tell, have a door prize for the person that came the furthest. There are many ways to waste time and enjoy yourself, Christmas party or my favorite, cookie baking. Gang up in a fellow ham, show up and put up an antenna or whatever they need. Sometimes folks are to proud to ask for help. Another of my favorite is installing a new transceiver in your friends brand new car or truck. Ok, were does this hole go ?? Sometime you just go with the flow, bring some beverages, sit down and vegetate . Relax, enjoy the company. In Wellsville, NY there is a Chinese Buffet and as soon as it's good weather some of us are going to go for dinner at the buffet... Quick service, large comfortable restaurant and very reasonable price for us 65 and older HI HI. Start small and make it up as you go along. Enjoy the folks that make up the ARC. Who knows you may have something in common with one of them !