We tried a lot of things to make the Root Cellar the go-to place for faculty and staff. We had entertainers on Friday nights, auctions, book sales, and so on. Entertainment nights were popular and sometimes there were people waiting outside to get in.
The largest initiative and the most work was to to offer lunches Monday to Friday. To do so each of us prepared one meal a week at home which would only require heating and delivered it to the Cellar before work. I remember preparing Beef Stroganoff and also Louella's Paella. There were stews, spaghetti, and whatever the committee members could dream up. At Christmas we prepared and offered two sittings for a Christmas Dinner.
That kind of effort along with our jobs leads to burn-out and at the end of the year we were happy to let other people take over the responsibility of running the Club. There were of course problems and crises but fortunately the fogs of time have obscured them.