I have been a member in a woodworking club for 10yr. now and we meet once a month at the Rockler store and the following month at the Woodcraft store. We have had as many as 100 members, right now we are around 60 or so. There is a steering committee that meets 2-3 times a year to map out the following years presentations. every meeting we have a presentation, I usually give 2 per year, and we have outside speakers come in and show us different techniques about wood working. Sometimes we hold our meetings at commercial sites and they show us how they make their products, or their line of products. i.e. lumber,finishes,stairs,furniture,tools,etc.
We usually have 18-20 members at each meeting, one set of members at the south end Woodcraft store and another set of members at the north end Rockler location. Some members attend at both locations. Both locations have excellent shops and we sometimes use the tools for a demonstration. The dues are $20./year. Members bring in free lumber ,veneer, tools, accessories, and give them to the one that want them. Someone is always cleaning out their shop and wanting to find a home for some of the old tools.
There are a lot of retired members, but we are signing up quite a few younger ones now. We have some woman members and they are very good woodworkers. Some of the members bring their children and they show the work that they do. One of the members does the monthly Newsletter,and a very professional job too. We have a website and this brings in new members and quite often free lumber, veneer, and tools.
If a person gets there early to the meetings they can browse the stores and drool all over the tools and equipment. Also the store that are sponsors, around 6 or so give us a 10% discount too.
It is fun to meet and talk to other woodworkers, see their work, we have a projector/laptop and screen the members can show their projects and step by step build off of a thumb drive too.