Gloria belongs to a quilting group and an embroidery group. Neither group is meeting right now. The church where both groups normally meet is giving them a break on rent, because of the public health restrictions on meetings, but there are still some ongoing expenses. In addition, with no meetings going on, some members are starting to question their membership and dues.
They aren't alone. This article focusses on charities, but a number of small groups are in serious trouble over the pandemic. A number of amateur sports leagues are already collapsing.
Our industry and technical groups are facing related issues. We may be in a slightly different situation, since most of us have the technical chops to set up virtual meetings, but getting people to attend these meetings is surprisingly difficult. (Apparently if nobody is providing free coffee and donuts, we won't go.)
We need contacts. We need to get ideas from peers. We need to bounce ideas off each other. We need to mentor, even if informally, the newcomers to our profession (and recruit students in technical areas *into* our profession).
Support your local chapter, LUG, SIG, meetup or whatever.
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