Life seems to be becoming a spectator sport, with everyone quite keen to observe but not actually participate.
Whilst the target of this article is clearly one particular hobby interest, one suspects that it can be also applied to almost any other pastime or hobby interest too.
OK, we’re involved in a hardly controversial, hardly physically-demanding activity of …… watching fish in aquariums. You can’t even complain about any noise involved, you don’t need special clothing and your hands are always clean!
Go round any garden centre at the weekend (the UK’s second favourite activity after visiting IKEA) and you’ll find any amount of folk patronising the aquatic centre.
Get talking to them and they’ll enthuse about their fish, ponds as long as you’ll listen but, mention to them that there’s a Club in the area that’s simply dying on its feet and you’ll find you’re about as popular as someone with the Plague. Those of a more polite nature will take away any Club publicity and promise to think about it.
What is it with people who can passionately share an interest (in the privacy of their own homes) but won’t ‘come out’ or even contemplate seeing what Club life can offer?
‘I’m only a beginner’ they say ‘the other people in the Club wouldn’t want the likes of me’ or ‘I’d find it all too technical’ are but two reasons they give.
We’d understand if the Club night in question clashed with the Camera Club, The Garden Society, Weight-Watchers or any other activity they regularly support but when you talk to people in these other hobby-related Societies they report the same reaction. So just what has a Club to do to attract – and keep – new members?
Club Secretaries are sick to death of trumpeting what their Societies have to offer, whether it’s in freebie Newspapers, local radio, Library posters, handouts, or even on Internet websites and getting little reward for their efforts. We think it’s time that some of the answers should come from the other side of the argument – the non-Club people. Never mind what they think the Club has to offer at present (and whose imaginary activities obviously turn them off), why not ask them what they would like a Club to offer them in future?
Every Club has steeped-in-time, ‘We’ve always done it this way’ traditions, which are fine for those already brainwashed, or preached-to converted. Sometimes, new members with fresh ideas are just what a Club needs, especially in this modern age where the search for instant gratification is the norm.
Let’s ask those out there:
Where would you like to meet?
What times suit you best?
What would you like the Club to provide – entertainment, discussions, outings, home visits, meetings with other Clubs, Newsletters, social evenings, or anything else you can think of?
What’s your idea of an ideal Club? – Please feel free to come up with a design!
We’ve worked out that if only 10% of the people we’ve talked to over the years gave the Clubs a try, the recreational hobby world would not be in the doldrums anywhere near to the degree it is today.
Why won’t you at least give it a try?
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GIVE US AN ANSWER TO ALL OR ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS (SENSIBLY PLEASE) THEN WHY NOT CONTACT US
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OF YOUR OWN YOU WOULD LIKE US TO ANSWER, THEN BY ALL MEANSCONTACT US
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT JOINING OUR CLUB THEN WHY NOT CONTACT US
IF YOU DO NOT LIVE ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT BUT ARE RESIDENT IN THE UK THEN BY ALL MEANS CONTACT US AND WE MIGHT JUST BE ABLE TO PUT YOU IN TOUCH WITH YOUR NEAREST CLUB OR SOCIETY