As mentioned in the previous AGM blog post, a word about recruitment and recognition of the Red Rose Woodturning Club (RRWTC) in the wider community.
Prior to the AGM I advised our committe that from this month I would no longer be updating the club web pages. This should have come as no suprise to them as I had expressed this earlier in the year and had suggested that a person be recruited that I could pass on my knowledge to.
I have been updating the clubs web pages since June 2015, at no time has club related information been freely or promptly provided to me for inclussion to the web site prior to it appearing on a club notice board. There has seldom been a willingness to share club events, notices, trawls for event attendees or any other club activity for inclussion on these pages. Updates to the noticeboard information have never been provided to the web site but this has not however prevented comments such as “the web site is wrong” being made. Perhaps some form of intelligent noticeboard is required which can automatically scan documents directly to the web site.
The monthly meeting/demonstration evenings and competition are the only events that appear regularly on our web site. I am often unable to attend monthly meetings but this does not prevent the web site being updated. This happens because of the assistance provided by Bob and Steve who send me photo’s of competition entries and result details. These two guys provide me with the information needed to provide a consistant record of club activities. This teamwork shows how the club could be and I truly value the effort that they put in to enable web site updates. Thank you again Bob and Steve.
I have lately asked if members who attend club showcase events could provide photo’s or info about the event. This has produced few results. Not even this years Southport Flower show, the clubs largest revenue generator produced a single photo for our web site.
At our AGM this year, a matter was raised concerning the value of RRWTC attending local fairs and open days (including Southport Flower Show). The ensuing debate quickly resolved the issue regarding income v’s expenses and who benefited the most, be it demonstrator/seller or the club. When the issue was summorised it was stated that the club relies on these events to;
- Create revenue for the club via a % of the sale price levied against the seller
- Showcase club skills and encourage participation (mainly by chatting to visitors)
- Provide an initial point of contact for potential new members
The committee were strongly of the belief that these demonstration events encouraged potential new members to visit/join the club.
In my view, in this internet driven age once someone has been engaged at one of these events and decides to investigate further they will see if the club has a web site!
My experience with this web site suggests that the club as a whole does not identify with the idea of a useful web site. The potential of this site is little understood and often totaly ignored or undervalued (as indicated by the comment made for my replacement “if anyone knows how to switch a computer on please let us know”).
I remain convinced of the value of RRWTC and its membership (at all levels) but am seriously concerned about the clubs ability to attract new members. Without grasping a commitment to modern communication practices and recognising the value of a good, well maintained and informative web site I unfortunately feel that the club will struggle to maintain a future.