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The more clearly this person understands their responsibilities, the more smoothly the task will be handled. The goal is to anticipate and communicate possible eventualities so thoroughly that the organizer no longer needs to devote any attention to the matter. Finally, don’t forget to express sincere appreciation at the end of the semester or year for the snack marshal’s contribution to the math circle effort. A small gift is entirely appropriate and strengthens the bond with the community. There is a fine line between masterfully delegating chores and unloading legitimate responsibilities, determined primarily by the extent to which the task is essential to the operation of the math circle.

2. EMBRACING TECHNOLOGY 35 Links. A page of hyperlinks to related sites is practically de rigueur for any serious web site. Include links to other math circles, favorite math sites, other local mathematical events or organizations, sponsors, or anything else that seems appropriate. And while on the subject of links, it is worth mentioning that savvy webmasters arrange for links pointing in the other direction as well. In other words, a web site is only as effective as it is accessible. Search engines help out a lot in this regard, but it is still worthwhile to contact the administrators who maintain sites for schools in the area to ask whether it would be possible to include a link to the math circle (along with a brief description) in a place where students are likely to come across it.

Another effective strategy is to involve students in endeavors that span the course of several weeks or an entire semester. For example, at the first meeting students could be given a “Math Circle Challenge” consisting of a sheet of problems of varying levels of difficulty. The first ten minutes of each session could be devoted to presenting solutions, with the promise that a prize for the entire group would be awarded on the final meeting of the semester commensurate with their collective progress.

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