For those of us that regularly visit the club you can help notice that there are fewer people attending nowadays. This could be for any number of reasons but what this means is that without members attendance there is less likelihood of events being put on. This leads to an inevitable spiral where fewer events are put on and then fewer people attend, you get the picture.
So, what does this mean?
For us to be financially stable then we need a minimum number of attendees. We also need a larger number of members to make the club sustainable. This includes people prepared to invest time in being members of the committee, provide support to and give presentations, show and tells etc. For some time now we have been operating well below our minimum requirements. On both fronts.
After some discussion with the museum we have taken the step of cancelling the booking for meetings up to the first September meeting where we will have an EGM to discuss the future of the club. None of us want to see the club fold but we clearly need to do something different for it to survive. Depending on the outcome of that meeting we have one of 2 options. Wind up the club or produce an action plan to recover the club and its membership. To date some of the suggestions are:
- Wind up the club (in accordance with the constitution)
- Wind up the club (in accordance with the constitution) and reform the club as a virtual club i.e. one without assets or a home. Only a web presence.
- Wind up the club (in accordance with the constitution) and reform with a broader view that includes code club / code dojo, Maker / tinkerer i.e. broader electronics background
- Keep things as they are
- Change the date / meeting venue
- Something else
We hope to see you on Saturday and/or Sunday (1 & 2 July) for the VHF National Field Day, and in September to discuss the future of our club.
At this stage no idea is a bad one. It should be noted that a good idea is only an idea unless it comes with a commitment to see it through.