Is There Light At The End Of The Tunnel?5 March 2011
I wouldn’t say that I was short of things to do this year (WWKIP, work, trip to England, training course in Brisbane and that’s only the first 6 months), but I recently volunteered to become Treasurer of the Knitters’ Guild and was duly elected today.
For those of you outside Australia, the Guild has been going for 25 years this year, has 19 groups across New South Wales and in excess of 670 members. Like a lot of community groups, it got stuck in a bit of a time warp but over the last year or so it’s very slowly started catching up with the 21st Century. It’s very difficult for the original members to understand that the Guild has grown, a lot of members are only in their 20s and 30s, technology has changed drastically in the last 25 years. And for those in their 50s and 60s who are working, technology has become a normal part of their working day. Until a few months ago, the only way to pay membership (other than with cash) was by cheque – and the only cheques I’ve issued in the last three years have been to the Guild. Even at my age, it’s become an outdated and slow way of paying my bills which I never use.
Many years ago, I chaired a community association in England. In the days of no email and no mobile phones. And no internet. I often think how much easier it would have all been if we’d had that sort of technology available. Easy contact with members, a research tool at our fingertips, internet banking.
So I found it very discouraging to find that the Guild in this day and age didn’t take advantage of the technology (most of it free) available to make life easier for everyone concerned.
It’s been a bit of an uphill battle but we’re getting there. This time next year, I’ll report back on how we’ve progressed.
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