“Surely 372 registered users and only 151 club members prove that the forum is not helping the club membership, or am I missing something? How did you access forum stats?”
I differ , I think the forum builds relationships with potential new members by exchanging information, and as a first point of contact with the SOC. Of the 372 registered users ( not to mention guests), as the relationships build, have the potential to become new members (in sales speak).
With a closed forum this process would cease to exist.
I see people become guests then registered users then club members. I’m sure you could analyze this by looking at how many registered users become members each year which would produce a strong argument either way!
You can access the forum stats through profiles.
Kind regards Jonathan