And a number of other ones, too, I hasten to add. The CC, however doesn’t impose the sort of rules and restrictions that the other ones seem to. The only things that are forbidden after attending a Canadian Club meeting are driving the motor car, dancing on the dining room table, and firing off a hilarious but sternly worded email to the management. Extended club meetings may result in a certain queasiness and sensitivity to light and sound next morning, but this is probably just due to the air conditioning…
I’m drawn to this analysis of club life after making a list of organisations to which I have belonged in the past – ones that were voluntary, took a small club fee, or could be considered social in some respect. You may have been a member yourself at one time or other:
a. Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of Canada
b. Uncle John’s Radio Club
c. Wasatka Staff – Mount Pleasant , Utah
d. WA UDSS, Perth
e. WA Model Boat Club
f. Dental Association Of Australia
g. WA Naval Wargames Society
h. WA Muzzle Loading Club
j. Grey Company
k. WA Model Collector’s Club
My current situation, as of right now-typing this post, is that all but the last two have fallen away into history. They have been laid aside with fond memories and in a few precious cases, have enabled me to make friends and acquaintances that remain with me to this day. Some have also led me to regrets…
It’s also caused me to analyse the nature of clubs and club or society membership. Of course this is a deeper topic than ever I could embrace, and has been done better elsewhere, but as you are already this far down the page, you might as well keep on reading. Either that, or get up and start to do the darned housework again.
The questions that arose immediately were:
a. What were these clubs? What, indeed, is a club?
b. Why did I join or found these clubs?
c. What did I give to the clubs? What did I get from them?
d. Why did I quit the clubs? Was it a good decision?
e. What clubs should I join in the future?
If you can find any echo in these thoughts – if your life seems to have clubs, societies, and organisations as well, past and present – please read the next few columns. They may help you to have a better time. Or a good time. Or just a time…