I am Meadowlarke Sweetweed, chief if the Bounders of the Shire - Addernotch Station. Our station was founded 5 years ago cone January, and I'm its fifth chief, but I have been running it for 4 years.
My interests are a lot like yours. We've been waiting for the negotiations with the trainings quilds to bear fruit. ((the XP Disabler)). In fact, I think any would say that I have been the most active advocates of change. Now that these changes seem imminent, I hope to use them in ways you described.
Anyways, iffen you are thinking of being a chief my first recommendation is to take a good look in a mirror and decide iffen this is what you want. It's a bit of work. You'll have to commit yourself to working on a whole lot of work to do. If it is a chore, you'll put it off and your kinship will fade away. If it's a pleasure, your kinship will grow.
I am called the chief, but as point of fact I work for everybody else in the kinship. I find out what they want, then it's my job to make it happen. I find out what they want at our weekly inspections. Then it's a matter of spreading the word and organizing and seeing to it that it actually happens.
Communicate lots. I send out Bounder Bulletins (kinship mail), use the message of the day, maintain the bulletin boards (Bounders of the Shire web site), and remind people, "The Volunteer Fireworks Brigade will be meeting at Mustering Hill after dark!"
You need to keep an eye out for quality officers. I have the best crew possible. A good officer is somebody who has his or her own interests. Falibrand runs the Green Hill Music Society. Daffodilia organizes Chicken Month (August) and Mushroom Day (October 15). Gennyrose took over the weekly turtle hunts when I couldn't lead them then went organizing expeditions to the dark corners of Moria. Lyonardo runs the Bounder Museum of Antiquities. Perlina is a playwriter who draws her actions from the Bounders and their friends.
And we have our book clubs (groups roleplaying their way through the book quests).
A third thing I would recommend is to make sure to draw the members you want. I suspect a lot of leaders are so thirsty for members that they accept nearly anybody who they can get. This means bringing in people who just don't fit together. Technically, it's not the fault of charcoal, saltpeter, or sulphur that they don't get along. But they are best kept separate or mixed very carefully.
Each Bounder gets interviewed so as they know just what they are getting into - to make sure it is what they want. Don't mind those who learn these facts and go elsewhere - you are both likely better off.
In our case, we recognize that some of our good friends don't fit the kinship. Our kin uses a private user channel for friends who are not kin members. Our kin has a respectable number of members, but our extended family is precious to us.
That's some ideas that may be of help
Meadowlarke Sweetweed on Landroval. Also nephews and Bounders Ayrhawk, Wrennsong, and Little Meadowlark Sweetweed
Club Eclair roleplaying group on Landroval currently capped at Level 45 in eastern Angmar for all Shadows of Angmar end-game content (Alphred Troute, Hedgerow Shrewburrow).