While researching this post, I came to the conclusion that member (the word) and being a member has many different interpretations.
If you are a member of a choir, you did it to sing. If you are a member of a golf club, you are likely to go play. If you are a member of a service club, you are expected to participate and work together to give back to your community, in one of the many ways that word can be defined.
Clubs exist because of members. Club members have a responsibility to the club and to other members. And woven into the fabric of any club is our human need to belong.
I remember listening in on my mother’s bridge club, when I was young, and enjoying (at a distance) all the laughter and tea cups and brownies. And because it was the ’60s — the cigarettes and gin and tonics, too! I remember my days in the high school orchestra and, when I was in my forties, starting a new chapter of a women’s golf club with a handful of engaged women. Joining a club or a band or building a new one from scratch is exciting and fills so many of us with a sense of adventure—in the quest to find like-minded people who will work together toward a common goal. Even if that goal is simply to have a little fun!
I am starting this club because I couldn’t find one like it on the Internet. I think there are other women like me out there. I hope they—you?—will join up and help create and be part of this unique community. I am building a framework that together we will turn into an eye-popping clubhouse! I want members to provide oodles of feedback on what you like and want more of — and send me out to chase it down. You will be the members, and I will work for you to enrich your member experience.
As you may have heard, one of Groucho Marx’s famous funny lines was from his resignation letter to the Friar’s Club: “I don’t want to belong to a club that would have me as a member.”
I hope the FlashinDivas—you, me—create a club that does the exact opposite. I want it to become your favorite spot on the Internet. And I want you to find that the few moments a week you fit in, to pop in for a visit, become a virtual mini-vacation in which you join in and enjoy yourself. My hope is that being a Flashin Divas member puts a smile on your face and gives you a sense of belonging.
And yes, of course, there is that other use of the word member – one of my favourite bits of the male anatomy. Can’t close this blog without bringing that up – even though it’s got nothing to do with the rest of this discussion. It’s just the way my mind works.