Thank you for your interest in starting a chapter of "The Andy Griffith Show" Rerun Watchers Club! Chapters have proved to be a fun and effective way for TAGS watchers to share their devotion to their favorite show. We currently have more than 1,250 chapters of the club in the United States, a dozen or so more founded around the world and one on the internet.
Starting a chapter is easy. All you need to do is submit your choice for a chapter name along with a list of your founding members. That's all it takes -- simple, like Mayberry.
The only restriction for chapter names is that no two chapters can have the same name. (A list of the chapter names that have already been chosen is here and you can print out the listing to save on-line time.)
Other than that, chapters can do whatever they like - as much or as little. We want chapters to "Taylor" their activities to what their chapter members desire. Some chapters are very active and meet regularly. On the other hand, we have some chapters whose members mostly just watch the show in small groups -- rarely having formal gatherings.
Some chapters sponsor lectures and other performances. Others have their own newsletters. Sometimes chapters have cookouts, costume parties, trivia contests or group outings. Of course, the most popular thing that members do is get together to watch episodes of the show.
Any kind of chapter is fine. TAGSRWC doesn't require its members to operate their chapters in any certain way. We have chapters of all sizes -- from two or three members to several hundred members. TAGSRWC administers its chapters about like Andy runs Mayberry -- with as gentle a hand and as few rules as possible.
Once you have selected a chapter name, we'll forward your chapter's official Chapter Charter to you. After that, Andy chapter (that's our administrative chapter in Nashville) will be able to send you periodic updates of new members in your chapter area. (It's up to you, though, to let us know whenever you want one.) Likewise, you should keep Andy chapter apprised of new chapter members who would like to be included on the mailing list for THE BULLET. We'll be glad to send any new or prospective members a free sample issue.
Again, thank you for asking about starting a chapter. Let us know if you do in fact decide to start a chapter. We're eager to assist you in any way we can.