We haven't yet managed to set up a committee zoom meeting to ratify the changes to the committee. We hope to do it in the next week or so. As soon as it is done we will let you know the results of our deliberations.
We did attempt to keep the competition going, with mixed results. We got a few entries, but not many votes. For the competition to keep going, we do need as many members as possible to be involved, not only submitting entries, but also voting.
The voting is very easy, just go to the website and register your vote.
So the question is, do we want to keep the competition going?
I think Carl said that last time, we had 7 entries, which isn't bad for a normal club day, but we had very few votes. For this to work so that we can confidently declare a winner at the end of the year, we do need more members voting.
I know that a lot of us are not comfortable with technology, but I think I can say with some certainty, that even after all this Covid thing is over, we, along with a lot of other woodturning clubs, if we want to see demonstrations, will have to become a lot more confident in the use of technology.
It is fairly common knowledge now, that a lot of the demonstrators are setting themselves up to be able to deliver demonstrations from their own workshop and will be very reluctant to return to driving many miles to deliver a couple of hours demo and driving home again or staying overnight and driving somewhere else for another demo the next day.
In one way it will give us a lot more options of the sort demonstrators we can invite. Those that would normally have to travel long distances and would end up costing huge sums in travel and accommodation could easily be invited. It is not out of the way to say that we could end up with more demonstrators from abroad than from the UK.
At the same time, it presents us with a number of problems. For example, if the club was to set up an online demonstration, with say one of the American demonstrators, how would we pay for it, and how would you pay the club to join in?
One of the enjoyable things about a club day is the coffee and lunch, sitting down with other members for a natter. Would it spoil the enjoyment of the demo if we were all just sitting at home in front of our computers?
This might be improved if we were allowed to meet in Brampton and we all sat in front of a big screen and watched a remote demo, but we would then have to source the technology to do that.
Not impossible, but not something that is going to happen quickly, so we will have to live with the world as it is for the time being.
I hope you will all give this some thought. It is the committees intention to do all it can to keep the club going, but we do need everyone to play their part.
Lastly, the usual plea!
Carl is putting a lot of work into the website and the news letters so please help him in any way you can -- photos of work, tips, ideas for members to try or just a rambling bit of script on how you are putting in your time.
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