Become a Rancho Recruiter!

Help Rancho Obi-Wan continue its mission to inspire with the Force of imagination and get yourself some exclusive swag: Become a Rancho Recruiter!

With a nod to the early days of the Official Star Wars Fan Club and its Rebel Recruiter membership drive, we’re seeking current members’ help to grow our membership.

You can earn some great collectible swag, including a 3-inch pin-back badge, embroidered patch, and T-shirt for your efforts. And the Recruiter who refers the most new or renewing members by Sept. 1st, 2015 will be awarded our Grand Prize: a funded trip to Rancho Obi-Wan to attend the 2015 Galaween annual fundraising event on Oct. 24th! (See full rules below for details and limitations.)

How It Works





To participate, you must be a current Rancho Obi-Wan member. Become a member yourself first.

For each new or renewing member (who hasn’t been a member for at least a year) you refer, or for each gift membership you purchase, you will receive one referral credit. Simply make sure that members you recruit enter your name in the “referred by” box on the membership page when signing up. Gift purchases will automatically be credited to you, the recruiter.

The more credits you earn, the more swag you get:

  • Earn one credit and get the 3-inch pin-back badge!
  • Earn two credits and in addition to the badge, you’ll get the embroidered patch!
  • Earn three credits and in addition to the badge and patch, you’ll get the retro T-shirt in your size!
  • The Grand Prize trip to the 2015 Annual Gala will be awarded based on the highest number of recruits signed up by Sept. 1st, 2015.

The initial round of swag will be sent out before Star Wars Celebration Anaheim (April 16th – 19th, 2015).

Membership Matters

Pathways Charter SchoolA membership to nonprofit Rancho Obi-Wan helps us in our mission to Inspire with the Force of Imagination. All funds raised are used for:

  • Preserving the collection
  • Maintaining the museum itself
  • Giving free tours to school classes and special groups
  • Providing tours as auction items for other charities

The annual $40 fee brings a quality membership kit that includes an annual embroidered patch (and special pin for renewing members), personalized membership card signed by Rancho’s Steve Sansweet, access to the online Rancho gift shop and a 10% discount, and the ability to book a tour of Rancho for any number of family members or friends.

Recruiting: A Star Wars Fan Club Tradition

The Official Star Wars Fan Club was launched in 1978 through a licensee, then brought in-house the following year. The newsletter was named Bantha Tracks in 1979, and it continued publication until 1987, when the club was licensed to Dan Madsen and Fantastic Media. Under their stewardship, the newsletter would become Star Wars Insider. The tradition of sending out annual membership kits kept up through changes of ownership, even after the fan club returned to Lucasfilm and was part of the Hyperspace section of They were both discontinued in 2010.

In 1980, Bantha Tracks instituted the Rebel Recruiter program to increase membership. It offered a pin-back badge with an illustration of a bantha (and later a T-shirt), with a grand prize of an Imperial Walker built by ILM to match the ones used in The Empire Strikes Back.

Our swag, designed by graphic artist Curt Hanks, is based on the original but uses a bantha piñata made in 2004 by Fernando Olvera, which is part of the collection at Rancho Obi-Wan.


Valid only in jurisdictions where such promotions are legal.

The Grand Prize will be awarded to the Rancho Obi-Wan member who “recruits” the most new or renewing Rancho members by 11:59 PM Pacific Time September 1, 2015. In the event of a tie, the winner will be selected in a random drawing by officials of Rancho Obi-Wan.

Maximum value of Grand Prize package is $750. Rancho Obi-Wan will make all travel arrangements and there is no cash value or substitution. The prize consists of a single round-trip flight to the San Francisco or Oakland airport, transportation to Petaluma, one night’s lodging in a local hotel, transportation to and from Rancho Obi-Wan for the Oct. 24th fundraiser, and one complimentary admission. Any costs in excess of $750 will be the sole responsibility of the winner.

A maximum of one badge, one patch and one T-shirt will be awarded to current members for their recruitment activities from now through 11:59 PM Pacific Time Sept. 1, 2015. The Recruiter’s name must be entered in the “referred by” box on the membership page when signing up in order to receive credit for a referral. The first round of rewards will be based on number of paid “recruits” enrolled by 11:59 PM Pacific Time March 1, 2015, and will be sent out prior to Star Wars Celebration Anaheim starting April 16th.

New recruits can include past Rancho Obi-Wan members who have not renewed their membership for at least a year before their new enrollment date or gift memberships purchased by the recruiter.

By taking part in this promotion you agree that any disputes over definitions, timing or other matters will be resolved by Rancho Obi-Wan Inc. at its sole discretion.

If you encounter any problems with the mechanics of the Rancho Recruiter program please email

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