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loose nut
02-16-2015, 04:27 PM
Having recently been elected president of our local club and by being elected I mean thrown under the bus (the election was rigged I tell ya' rigged) by the rest of the members, since none of them wanted to do it, I have been trying to come up with ways to get the word out that our club exists. Model engineering is the worst publicized hobby in NA, unlike Britain where every town has a club, so letting prospective new member know we exist has always been a problem. The first thing that I wanted to do was to put up a website for the club, we might have been the only club left that didn't have one. Now compound that with zero budget and absolutely no help at all this is what I have put together.

https://sites.google.com/site/bluewatermes/ or type "Bluewater Model Engineering Society" into Google, Bing hasn't indexed it yet (I just submitted it this morning) so it won't work there.

It is done for the most part but I still have more content of post, like links to other websites and other clubs etc. but like most websites it will always be in a state of flux, new material coming in and the old going out. I still have to send e-mails to other clubs, groveling, so that they might link us to their club web pages.

So far it seems to look OK in Firefox, IE8 and Safari on an Ipad. Have a look if you want and let me know if it looks OK, be kind I had absolutely know idea what I was doing when I built it.

The much beleaguered President and grossly overworked webmaster for the Bluewater Model Engineering Society.

mklotz
02-16-2015, 05:00 PM
For another take on a club home page, you might visit ours...

http://www.schsm.com/

Feel free to add us to your list of clubs, if you wish.

Rich Carlstedt
02-16-2015, 05:03 PM
Hey, that is a neat web page!

Too bad you waited so long to get the club up. I worked in Wallaceburg back in the seventies and would have joined.

Back then we had the Ontario Sun Parlor lines and the group in London ( Golden triangle ?)

Are you also the "club photographer " ?

Jon Heron
02-16-2015, 05:26 PM
It worked out OK here with firefox on fedora21.
It took a couple of refreshes to get the images to load but I am at the airport (yyz) so it could be because of the sihtty wifi...
So can a newbie schlub like me just stop by a meeting to see what its all about and hopefully see some model engineering porn?
We have a trailer in Port Franks and the wife has family in Sarnia so I am around here and there throughout the year...
Cheers,
Jon

Errol Groff
02-16-2015, 05:51 PM
Very nice looking page. I may have missed it but where does your group meet? I have linked to it on the NEMES website and would like tom be able to have your location in the link page.

Marv, I also added a link to the SCHSM site.

Errol Groff
http://neme-s.org/

loose nut
02-16-2015, 05:52 PM
Hey, that is a neat web page!

Too bad you waited so long to get the club up. I worked in Wallaceburg back in the seventies and would have joined.

Back then we had the Ontario Sun Parlor lines and the group in London ( Golden triangle ?)

Are you also the "club photographer " ?

That describes our main problem. We have been in existence for 30 years and people around here say they have never heard of us.

Sun Parlor line is gone, we have some of the surviving members.

Golden Triangle group is still going but seem to keep a low profile.

loose nut
02-16-2015, 05:56 PM
It worked out OK here with firefox on fedora21.
It took a couple of refreshes to get the images to load but I am at the airport (yyz) so it could be because of the sihtty wifi...
So can a newbie schlub like me just stop by a meeting to see what its all about and hopefully see some model engineering porn?
We have a trailer in Port Franks and the wife has family in Sarnia so I am around here and there throughout the year...
Cheers,
Jon

Everyone is welcome. Meetings vary as to what is shown but there is a show and tell. Check out the meeting times on the website or contact me directly from the "Contact page". If you are there in the summer when we don't have meetings you can always drop in for a visit.

loose nut
02-16-2015, 06:00 PM
Very nice looking page. I may have missed it but where does your group meet? I have linked to it on the NEMES website and would like tom be able to have your location in the link page.

Marv, I also added a link to the SCHSM site.

Errol Groff
http://neme-s.org/


OK you caught me, I didn't put the city location anywhere on the website, it will be corrected. We hold the meetings at the Northern Collegiate (high school) in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. The actual address is on the location map page.

I have already linked NEMES to our site.

Baz
02-16-2015, 06:05 PM
Hi. I see you are near London but there is something wrong with your map. Bluewater is a shopping centre to the east of London hear the M25 and the Dartford tunnel. :eek: Is Bluewater a district, village or town in that area? When a club is not named after its location it gets more difficult for people to find. It may help to publicise the position in ways other than the map.
Is there a model boat club in your area, also model railroad and flying clubs? If not form a section and promote that too as most modellers have spread interests and it broadens the base and membership. My club covers ME and boats, especially with the history of steam boats but also a lot of just generally engineers who often also have a model railroad.
We hold an annual exibition and attend some local fetes, rallies, museum open days with a display and sometimes a track but it is difficult getting the members to support such things so it is often just the committee. These activities only get us one or two new members a year and there are still a lot who quietly hide in their workshops. About 50% come as friends of another member so we can get 3 in one road but none for half a mile after that.

The newsletters are interesting and it looks like the meetings are too. Do you get many visting speakers? The talks don't have to be pure modelling or ME as we find engineering types are intersted in just about everything with a nut and bolt near it. This again attracts a wider range of members.
BTW see if your web host does mail redirect so you can avoid personal emails on the website. We just have titles like membership@stalbans -etc.

loose nut
02-16-2015, 07:13 PM
Wrong London.

Both sides of the border (US/Canada) in this area are referred to as Bluewaterland, an unofficial tourist catching name, because of the beaches and I guess the blue water at them. We have had this name for 30 years so changing it isn't an option. The ideas for linking local clubs is good and I still have work to do in that direction. We have had a couple of club "road trips" this year, one to a local machine shop with its working 9 axis CNC machine and another for a 7 hour seminar on using castable plastics and RTV rubber for making moulds but we haven't had any guess speaker for quite a while. I would like to start that up again but......... Always looking for ideas to make the meetings interesting, if I ask that at club meetings I usually get the thousand yard stare.

loose nut
02-16-2015, 07:14 PM
We hold an annual exibition and attend some local fetes, rallies, museum open days with a display and sometimes a track but it is difficult getting the members to support such things so it is often just the committee. These activities only get us one or two new members a year and there are still a lot who quietly hide in their workshops. About 50% come as friends of another member so we can get 3 in one road but none for half a mile after that.



We have exactly the same problem.

J Harp
02-16-2015, 10:52 PM
Looks good on Chrome for Linux running Ubuntu.

Does your website have a section where members can show what they have made, or are making, I looked but didn't spot it if there is one.

tmc_31
02-17-2015, 09:42 AM
Very nice website loose nut. I am also using Firefox on a Mac platform.

Ha, back in 89 I joined our local EAA chapter (Experimental Aircraft Association). The second meeting after I joined I got railroaded in to a VP position. The next year I was shanghaied into the presidents position. The following year, I found out that the presidents term was a 2 year term:confused:.

Anyway, good luck and have fun with it.

Tim

Rosco-P
02-17-2015, 10:00 AM
We hold an annual exibition and attend some local fetes, rallies, museum open days with a display and sometimes a track but it is difficult getting the members to support such things so it is often just the committee.

Typical of most volunteer organizations. 10 to 20% of the members do the majority of the work. No one wants to hold an elected position, write a newsletter article, run a newbie clinic, man the information table at a local fair, organize a trip, etc.

loose nut
02-17-2015, 12:22 PM
Looks good on Chrome for Linux running Ubuntu.

Does your website have a section where members can show what they have made, or are making, I looked but didn't spot it if there is one.

I didn't put one in but that sounds like a good idea. Presently all we have is the newsletter with pics of what people are working on.

TMC lucky you, only two years. My predecessor had it for about 10 years.We have a policy of electing for life or even longer if possible. We don't consider death to be an good enough reason for not attending. At one time we had a member who was so crotchety that I accused him of being dead already and that he just wouldn't admit it:D. Election night has the highest attendance because we have a simple rule. As far as getting nominated to a position, if you aren't there to say no then that is the same as saying yes.

We have members that put on displays at some of the antique equipment and steam shows, plus the NAMES and Cabin Fever shows (which is about 600 miles away). We also used to put on displays locally. One was in the shopping mall, which always had a lot of interest, we had to quit when the management started to screw us around with costs and at a near by steam show. We where there for about 20 years and it was a big draw for the show but when they changed venue they dumped us into an old horse barn with no power, dirt floor and fly's. The guys drew the line at that. We do put a display in at the city of Sarnia's, hobby fest" which is a one day show in a park for all the local clubs but I can't remember ever getting a new member from it?