Things in the Club forum have gotten a little stale. I would love to hear from clubs that are innovating how they achieve their mission. Please take a moment to add any relevant ideas or changes you are implementing and how they are being received.
Baltimore Fencing Center has moved to Clubexpress for website management. This integrates forums, a storefront, and other useful features for a reasonable price. We have only taken baby steps so far, and are having a little trouble getting members to use the new site, but it holds promise for improving club communications and marketing.
We have also been updating our facilities from a technical perspective. In our Columbia facility we have added home-built LED extension lights for our SG-11 fencing boxes. These now allow spectators and coaches to follow the action on all strips from a central location. No more blind spots where boxes face a wall. I will make a posting in the Armory section in a couple of days outlining the parts list, pricing, and photos of these lights.
We are also permanently mounting our video replay system in the ceiling, which allows for a larger image on the wall and removes the current mount from sight-lines. Now used for both classes and open bouting, we will also add video recording, Youtube fencing video broadcasts for tactical classes, and even movie nights with fencing-based themes. The students like the system, but we hope with the additional changes it will become even more useful.
I look forward to hearing from other clubs on their innovations. Let's build on each others successes.