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Forum topic by Andre posted 09-16-2016 06:57 PM 395 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Andre

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09-16-2016 06:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource question

Just curious as to what fellow L.J.s think the definition of a Guild is, Wikipedia defines it as follows,

Guilds were and are associations of artisans or merchants who control the practice of their craft in a particular town. The earliest types of guild were formed as confraternities of tradesmen. They were organized in a manner something between a professional association, trade union, a cartel, and a secret society.

What do today’s Guilds do in comparison? Our local Guild is preparing to shut down, no new members and current ones getting tired and old! Seems like a lot of the old clubs are having the same problems.


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#1 posted 09-16-2016 11:19 PM

I don’t know anything about guilds but the same is happening to clubs and associations in the area. It’s not really a mystery why. A few years back I was invited to join a local club as an officer to bring in new ideas that would attract younger people but every idea was immediately shot down. I soon understood that the old guys were not willing to allow change.

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#2 posted 09-17-2016 05:34 PM

I didn’t know we had a local club in the edmonton area. Maybe this is in part a failure to market themselves to the people who would be interested in going.

Andre, are you are part of the club and do you plan to go to this last meeting?

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Andre

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#3 posted 09-17-2016 06:26 PM

I have gone to a few meeting when I am around, came across them at the grand opening of KMS tools last year.
The next and maybe final meeting in on Oct. 20th. at NAIT.

http://www.nawg.ca/index.htmdex.

Rick – as far as old guys are concerned some of us started joining clubs in our youth and worked to change mindsets over time, when do we become old? LOL! I do have some concerns over the new entitled me attitude of some of younger generation! But then any club that lets me join has to be very desperate for new members!

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#4 posted 09-17-2016 07:27 PM

I don’t think anyone is interested in changing mindsets. I think for the older guys, belonging to a club was part of your identity, it’s a formal affiliation. Being a club officer was good for the ego and they take is very seriously. Younger people seem more interested in events that they attend, socialize, learn, have a good time, and go home.

Another place this really shows is I have relatives who put on a “concert” once a year. Field full of chairs, people sit quietly and listen to folksy music, it’s kind of formal. But what everyone really wants is to get up and move around, to talk and have a good time. It’s been brought up a number of times but they are strictly against it, believing it is “disrespectful” to the artists.

Our woodworking events happen pretty much exactly the same way. A room full of chairs, a presenter, a slideshow, everything happens like clockwork, and the young people bored to tears.

American Legion meeting the same way… room full of chairs, someone yapping, food is served, blah, blah, blah.

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#5 posted 09-17-2016 07:53 PM

I don’t need or want a woodworking club. I have a few good friends who share my interest. They are the kind of people I would lend my best equipment to.

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#6 posted 09-17-2016 09:41 PM


I don t need or want a woodworking club. I have a few good friends who share my interest. They are the kind of people I would lend my best equipment to.

- ArtMann

That isn’t true of all of us, especially those of us who are newish to the area and don’t really have any woodworking friends.

I do agree I don’t just want to sit in chair and listen to someone present, That has its value but if it is all they do that gets boring fast. I like being able to talk to others and share ideas. I belong to an IT group that meets here in Edmonton our meetings tend to have a presentation that is 30-60 minutes and normally a couple of hours of the group just chatting and sharing ideas and info about whatever. Seems to work well for us. Maybe something similar would work for a woodworking group.

I think they also need to get there name out there on some of the places people use to search for these sorts of things such as meetup.com As I mentioned I have been in the city 3 years, I have looked for groups and hadn’t found these guys.

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#7 posted 09-18-2016 05:21 PM

Andre
The name guild does not really seem to fit and I would prefer to call it a club of wood workers .
We had our first meeting for the new year and I was surprised by the turnout and also had a couple new younger adults showing interest .
The reasons we are not growing in membership is a lack of exposure in the community and also the lifestyle with lack of spare time the younger generation is faced with ,I started to realise that at our annual show last year with many younger people showing good interest but the answer if they be interested was always no time but would love too .
A lot of our members do some excellent work and show it at our shows but we need to have some starter projects to attract the beginners to join as a lot of them are intimidated with what is at the show .
No matter what we must encourage others young and old male and female to keep things going and we are actually increasing our membership .
Also donating and supporting some local charities gives us good exposure .

Klaus

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