the need to belong is strong…but I’m over it

What is it with clubs and organization that only seem interested in your membership as long as it bolsters their roster and treasury? Of the hobby-related clubs I’ve dealt with (Amateur Radio, Mustang, Irish Setter), not a single one seemed interested in me (or my family) as individuals. No one ever came up to me after I joined and said anything as simple as “Welcome, we’re glad you are a member.” None expressed any interest in me as a person or what my views, talents or needs might be specific to the organization I was now a part of. I frequently participated in their activities, either as an exhibitor or volunteer, read their monthly/quarterly publications and thought of myself as contributing in at least a small way to their goals. But the lack of one-to-one interaction soon made me realize there was no difference to either of us as people whether I was a member or not. Of course none of them approached me when my membership(s) expired to check or ask if everything was alright. They did send reminders to renew by submitting the membership fees.

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About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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One Response to the need to belong is strong…but I’m over it

  1. dearest_b says:

    Why don’t you start a group of your own? Set out what it is you’re looking for. Advertise it as a social group. I’m sure that once upon a time, those groups you mentioned were small. Probably much friendlier too.
    Once the Membership fees pay for more than coffee and a tray of sandwiches, well..the love just goes out of it and you have to start turning a profit.

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