Here is an idea and thought which I like to pursue, together with other interested members.
All our activities have so far been organised by members, and mainly for members. The EOs have organised these events very well. Of course, we do have difficulties finding enough EOs or ECs. There are reasons.
The Club has been successful in this sense, because of the EOs and ECs. I have been thinking about organising more gatherings and events but opening it to other Singaporeans and PRs. Hopefully, we achieve our aim to have a more balanced sex ratio in our Club activities. Perhaps, more men will join SilverHairsClub. We are always short of men in our activities. This is serious matter. As a result, we failed to launch Paper Clips.
And hopefully, with an expanded group of participants, we will find more EOs and ECs to organise more SHC activities. Many members who have found friends in SHC have formed their own private groups, and have their own activities, leaving out the other members in general. These groups have migrated to UK or Australia, or somewhere.
It is unfortunate that many EOs and ECs feel the frustration and disappointment of negative remarks from members. While everybody has the right to rebutt and comment, the element of sensitivity is not there. I shall share with you more some day.
We have to do something or else our active SHC members will dwindle. I still hope every member will organise one activity during the lifetime of your membership. If you have not done your part for the club as an EO, please consider. You may seek assistance from other senior SHCians.
Based on conversations with members, the idea of expanding to Singaore in general is good, but this may not work because we lack EOs and we lack helpers. Many members are busy, may be still working and unwilling for many reasons; some members feel they prefer to participate in small groups, rather than big groups. And, some feel they should be compensated for their services doing supporting roles for the Club.
But, I think we should not give up. The Club still continues with what it has been doing so far, as it has worked.
I am now thinking of engaging our group of retirees, to bring more activities and life to other Singaporeans and PR. Activities will be extended to all Singapore. These activities will be run under the umbrella of the SilverHairs Enterprise Pte Ltd. SHE owns the club blog SilverHairsClub.com and the name “SilverHairsClub”. Committee members will be compensated. If you are retired, have the time, and would like to join the SHE committee to organise activities, please let me know. Feel free to discuss. You may also whatsapp me. We are at stage 1 – idea stage.
Members who have questions or ideas, please do raise them. I love positive thinking.