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Community Club Network

The entire community benefits when every person is involved in at least one community club

Clubs are people

Our community is, in reality, an extended family of people working together with a common goal (or goals).

Our local communities are often bound loosely together by a large network of clubs serving our inherent need to belong.

The gradual changes to work and recreation are resulting in more people wanting to belong to community clubs and organisations, fewer people being available to share the load of running the day-to-day activities of the club or organisation.

Our new industrial reform laws will also tend to extend the feeling of disempowerment, with split shifts and many other  changes to conditions. The changes to penalty rates will certainly mean that people will work after hours, and on weekends, with no additional compensation apart from their hourly rate. Employees will most likely become no more than a commodity.

Small community clubs in Australia are the lifeblood of our community. They comprise like-minded people in every conceivable configuration. Membership could be anywhere from 5 to 100, or more, people.

The clubs enable people from all walks of life to share their common interests; be it friendship, sporting, lifestyle, charity support or almost anything you can think of.

A common issue faced by the committees of many small community clubs clubs, apart from finding suitable and capable people to look after the day-to-day affairs of the club is the budgetary constraint of administrative costs.

All committees seem to be strapped for funds, with many worthwhile projects to undertake, and limited funds available to complete, or even commence them. It's a constant balancing act.

We have found that some of the significant costs tends to be the regular newsletter (monthly or quarterly) and phone calls to and from members enquiring about events, results and arrangements.

Given that many people in the community now have access to the Internet and e-mail, a very cost-effective area which is gaining in popularity for small clubs and organisations is the use of the Internet for communication, information and newsletters.

Set up correctly, it can be a godsend to busy and overworked committee members. Done in an enthusiastic amateur way, it can be a nightmare of work overload, outdated and misinformation.

When done by a member who is a well-meaning and keen computer user, but without all the latest information, it can be a difficult, expensive and potentially embarrassing project for the committee.

Even worse is the 'friend of a friend' scenario, who is able to write and distribute the newsletters 'on the cheap' or 'for free' through his Internet connection. Some people have even been able to quietly host the club site on the company network. We have heard of many experiences where this 'personal' data has been deleted without warning by the IT Administrator.

Even worse, some employees have been cautioned, or dismissed, because of the company's zero tolerance policy to the personal use of company resources.

What are options are available?

15 Aug 2005

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