The National Fishing Lure Collector's Club has worked very hard to revamp its web site, so I thought I would take a closer look at some of these changes. Primarily, the NFLCC has maintained a web site as a way of promoting information about the club. In this, it has always been a functional site--you still have your club information, show calendar, club shop, periodical information, etc.
But the NFLCC web site is not just about renewing your membership anymore. Two new areas are the message board and the gallery. The message board has been changed/updated a number of times, as it has been devastated by spam over the past year. One can hope the problems are fixed as there are currently only about five messages in total on the board, and that's a shame.
The most interesting addition is the gallery. I have always felt the NFLCC should make a place where donated research material is available to the membership, and they have created one. Hundreds of pages of great material are available in the gallery ranging from old catalogs to photos of rare spearing decoys. This promises to be one of the most important research tools on the entire web for fishing history.
All in all, the NFLCC has inaugurated some necessary and exciting changes on its web site. Now, all that's necessary is for members to start utilizing it on a regular basis. I know I'll be checking in to see if the gallery and message board are getting much use.
-- Dr. Todd