</span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote </td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE"> Budget cuts in the schools have removed most of the after school programs, including an amatuer radio club I was trying to start while I was in high school. I tried to receive help from local hams in the area and sent out 400 letters and even visited many in person. Out of that 400 only 2 responded back but ended up backing out at the last minute. [/QUOTE]<span id='postcolor'> When I started the ham club at my [brand new] high school in 1966, all I had to do was write a constitution and find a teacher willing to sponsor us. The electronics teacher and later the librarian who had gotten her ham license volunteered. But my impression was that after I graduated, the club probably fell apart. I think it takes a couple of leaders to make it happen and to keep it going. Since we're dealing with a very small group, the odds of having a steady stream of leaders willing to keep a school radio club going are pretty small. But I think we need to find a way to encourage it. It would help if a jock or a Key Club member would get a ham license. Maybe that would lend it an air of legitimacy. But maybe no one knows how to write a constitution anymore.