Primarily out of curiosity, since I've been inactive since even before the dozen years ago when I retired and moved to Krum, Texas, I hooked up with the 10-10 website today. I haven't re-established KA9SPA though I still have all the equipment and when we built a garage made sure there was room for a ham shack. I've been doing a lot of what I call "Memory Dredging" and Googled 10-10 today and have been surprised at how many familiar calls are still involved ... and even more surprised that the old Prince of Pork Chapter should come up in a thread.
When I spearheaded the organization of the chapter, we had the requisite seven local members who were interested, and I was gratified that so many paperchasers enjoyed the program we offered. Unfortunately, only N9AYS and myself were regulars at our scheduled net time and that leads me to answer your question "What constitutes a good chapter?" with the No. 1 element: Lots of local support.
Battle Road, an outgrowth of the White Mountain Chapter, was my favorite when I was active. There were always a bunch of check-ins on their net. And many good friendships established.
I'm not going to make any rash statements about reactiviating KA9SPA (although I do have antenna-raising help offered) because other hobby activities consume a lot of time ... but the temptation is still their. I have kept my hand in as far as newspaper activities are concerned ... a weekly newspaper was established 10 years ago here in Krum and I have volunteered, purely as a hobby, to cover city council, school board and some sports ... plus write a weekly column, called "The Krumudgeon" ... active in Lions Club, genealogy and we have established the Krum Society of Historic Preservation and are putting together a museum in a colorful 100-year-old bank building donated when the bank moved to modern facilities.
Health remains good ... I seem to be following my mother's health patterns ... she lived two weeks past her 99th birthday, so at 76, I'm confident I have a few years left ... Enough ... John Callarman, KA9SPA JohnCallarman@msn.com