Dear Kansas Enthusiasts,
It occurred to me recently that to reach a goal one must put it out there to the universe. I want to do that with you now.
My goal is to reach 5,002 current (dues paying) Kansas Explorer Club members by the end of 2005. 2005 happens to be the tenth year of the Kansas Explorers Club.
The main goal of the Kansas Explorers Club is to provide useful information to interested people in hopes of inspiring them to travel the state, or simply to appreciate it more through armchair travel. The grand hope is to find enough of those interested people to create a Tipping Point of economic impact in rural Kansas. We currently have 1,500 active members though over 3,300 have joined over the years.
My thought has long been that if we had 5,000 active Kansas Explorer Club members that it would be enough to create that Tipping Point. The Tipping Point, in this case, would be where we start to see a noticeable impact on the economy and psychology of rural towns. Five thousand members finding out about all these fascinating places around the state and learning how to make a difference — and then a healthy percentage actively exploring is a wonderful scenario!
We have seen the impact of what 1,000 to 1,500 active explorers can do and it has been impressive in some cases. Take this effect x 4 and I think we’d see some marvelous things happen!
Explorers are taught the limitations and realities of small town travel so the expectations are in line with what they find. Explorers are taught to interact with the towns or attractions in a way that makes a difference like patting a volunteer on the back or feeling good about spending money.
This letter is my way of telling the universe that we are ready to reach the goal of 5,000 members.
As an explorer, you are part of the pathway to the goal. It might be by buying one or more gift memberships; it might be by giving out Explorer brochures and urging membership at one of your civic meetings; it might be taking a friend on an Explorer adventure and inspiring them to join.
We are not just looking for numbers but a quality audience, people emotionally invested in Kansas. We’re looking for members who truly are interested in knowing and participating in the Kansas experience and would likely renew their membership year after year.
Individual membership to the club is $18.61; family is $30. The main benefit is a bi-monthly newsletter. You can register online at explorekansas.org/signup.html. I’d be glad to mail brochures if you’d like to tell about the explorer club at a meeting. It’s easier to click here and then click on the Explorer logo on the left!
So here it is: The goal is to reach 5,002 active Kansas Explorer Club members sometime in 2005 and we need to start now. It will make a difference. Could you please help me put this goal and its accomplishment out to the universe?
Rural Kansas needs the boost. See you on the road.
SEE KANSAS WITH NEW EYES!
Spread the word!
Marci Penner, director
You can join the Kansas Explorers Club, and I encourage you to do so, by clicking on the Explorer Club logo on the front page of my website Click Here!
Marci is in the final stages of completing her Kansas Guide Book for Explorers. It will be at least 384 pages, probably 4-color all the way through, and cost will be in the neighborhood of around about $24. Marci Penner traveled to every one of the 626 incorporated towns in the state and many unincorporated towns to research for her book. It has taken over two years and 40,000 miles of tremendous effort on her part and the results will be overwhelmingly significant for Kansans about Kansas. It will be the most comprehensive guidebook on the market!
People who love Kansas, its backroads and out-of-the-way places, will find this book a treasure trove of information. Keep you eyes open for media announcements of it’s availability (and I’ll have it here as well).
Put your support behind a great organization and join or renew your membership today. Put some money aside to buy her Guidebook. As an “Explorer”, you’ll receive an 8 page newsletter every other month telling you about all the wonderful out-of-the-way places in rural Kansas. It’s great for networking. It’s a keeper. You’ll be helping to sustain rural Kansas.