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Amateur Radio Clubs

Programs that provide organized opportunities for individuals who have an interest in operating radio and television transmitting and receiving equipment to discuss their hobby, often through the medium of a club or society which is under the leadership of people who are knowledgeable in the subject.

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Beer and Winemaking Societies

Programs that provide organized opportunities for individuals to pursue their interest in brewing beer or making wine for their own consumption, often through the medium of a club or society which is under the leadership of people who are knowledgeable in the subject. Activities may include field trips to breweries or wineries to see how it is done professionally; slide shows or other presentations that provide information about home brewing or wine making; and opportunities for members to share their own brewing or wine making experiences or to taste the beer and/or wine made by other members.

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Car Clubs

Programs that provide organized opportunities for individuals to pursue their interest in automobiles or a specific type of automobile, often through the medium of a club or society which is under the leadership of people who are knowledgeable in the subject. Activities may include lectures or other presentations about the history, design, performance and other characteristics of a specific automobile or class of automobiles; opportunities to display their automobiles or to attend automobile shows; forums for exchanging automobiles or automobile parts; magazines or other trade literature about automobiles; and other similar opportunities for members to engage in their hobby.

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Collector Clubs

Programs that provide organized opportunities for individuals who have an interest in any of a wide variety of collectibles to pursue their hobby, often through the medium of a club or society which is under the leadership of people who are knowledgeable in the subject. Included are Internet-based virtual clubs, WebRings devoted to the subject and clubs where members meet face-to-face.

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Community Theatre Groups

Programs that provide organized opportunities for individuals who have an interest in the theatre to gain acting and stage experience for pleasure and amusement by joining a local theatre group.

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Gay Straight Alliances

Student-run clubs (typically in a middle school or high school, or on college/university campuses) which provide a safe place for students to meet, support one another, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and work to address homophobia and transphobia. Many GSAs function as a support group and provide safety and confidentiality to students who are struggling with their identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning. In addition to support, some GSAs work on educating themselves and the broader school community about sexual orientation and gender identity issues. They may bring in outside speakers to cover a particular topic such as LGBTQ history. They may organize a "Pride Week" or "LGBTQ Awareness Events" and offer a series of educational workshops, panels and pride celebrations. Other GSAs are activist clubs and have worked to get LGBTQ issues represented in the curriculum, LGBTQ related books in the library, and progressive non-discrimination policies implemented at a district level. All of these different types of GSAs also provide a social outlet for LGBTQ students and their straight allies. GSAs help to build community at schools and lessen the isolation that LGBTQ students might otherwise experience.

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Genealogical Societies

Programs that provide organized opportunities for individuals who have an interest in their ancestry to explore their family lineage. Included are Internet-based virtual clubs, WebRings devoted to the subject and clubs where members meet face-to-face.

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Horticultural Societies

Programs that provide organized opportunities for individuals to pursue their interest in ornamental plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, house plants, herbs, garden fruits and vegetables or other species of plants, often through the medium of a club or society that is under the leadership to people who are knowledgeable in the subject. Activities may include field trips which enable participants to view different types of plants; lectures, slide shows or other presentations that provide information about plants, gardening techniques, flower arranging and display, and other aspects of horticulture; and opportunities for members to share their own gardening experiences and/or participate in plant-related competitions. Included are Internet-based virtual clubs, WebRings devoted to the subject and clubs where members meet face-to-face.

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Humanities Clubs/Societies

Programs that provide organized opportunities for individuals to pursue their interest in literature, history, philosophy, theology, modern and classical languages, archaeology, linguistics or jurisprudence, often through the medium of a club or society which is under the leadership of people who are knowledgeable in the subject. Activities may include lectures, slide shows and other presentations that provide information about specific topics; opportunities for members to share and/or discuss their own work on major issues in the subject area; field trips, where relevant; and other activities that promote the study and appreciation of the humanities among members. Included are Internet-based virtual clubs, WebRings devoted to the subject and clubs where members meet face-to-face.

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Music Groups

Programs that provide organized opportunities for individuals who play a musical instrument or enjoy a particular style of singing to join a group and play or sing collaboratively with others who have the same skills and interests or to listen to the music of their choice in the company of other enthusiasts.

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Pen Pals

Programs that provide organized opportunities for individuals of all ages to establish contact with people who live in other geographical areas for the purpose of exchanging friendly correspondence.

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Pet Clubs

Programs that provide organized opportunities for individuals to pursue their interest in a particular type of pet, often through the medium of a club or society that is under the leadership of people who are knowledgeable in the subject. Activities may include opportunities for sharing information about the species, its care and breeding; educational presentations; visits to places where this type of pet may live, be bred or displayed; efforts to rescue purebred or endangered creatures who are at risk; and opportunities to share their own experiences with others who have similar interests. Included are Internet-based virtual clubs, WebRings devoted to the subject and clubs where members meet face-to-face.

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Science and Mathematics Clubs/Societies

Programs that provide organized opportunities for individuals to pursue their interest in any of the life sciences, mathematics and statistics or the physical sciences, often through the medium of a club or society that is under the leadership of people who are knowledgeable in the subject. Activities may include lectures, slide shows and other presentations that provide information about specific topics; opportunities for members to share and/or discuss their own work on issues in the subject area; field trips, where relevant; and other activities that promote the study and appreciation of science and mathematics among members. Included are Internet-based virtual clubs, WebRings devoted to the subject and clubs where members meet face-to-face.

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Social Sciences Clubs/Societies

Programs that provide organized opportunities for individuals to pursue their interest in any of the social sciences including anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology and sociology, often through the medium of a club or society that is under the leadership of people who are knowledgeable in the subject. Activities may include lectures, slide shows and other presentations that provide information about specific topics; opportunities for members to share and/or discuss their own work on issues in the subject area; field trips, where relevant; and other activities that promote the study and appreciation of the social sciences among members. Included are Internet-based virtual clubs, WebRings devoted to the subject and clubs where members meet face-to-face.

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Wildlife Appreciation Societies

Programs that provide organized opportunities for individuals to pursue their interest in birds, animals, fish, reptiles, insects or other species, often through the medium of a club or society that is under the leadership of people who are knowledgeable in the subject. Activities may include lectures, slide show or other presentations that provide information about different species, their habitats and their habits; expeditions that enable participants to observe and enjoy wildlife in the out-of-doors; and opportunities for members to share their own experiences with wildlife. Included are Internet-based virtual clubs, WebRings devoted to the subject and clubs where members meet face-to-face.

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The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.


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