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Old 11-08-2014, 07:25 PM   #11
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To bad I wasn't there....Id of sat next to "Gramps" and buried him with my bidding....just because....
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I think you just met a bad apple. All of the different members, I've met from different clubs, have been very very nice...and loaded with info and tips....
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Dude, put your big girl panties on and deal with it.

You sound like you had them all "judged" before you even got there. Jeez.

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Old 11-08-2014, 10:16 PM   #14
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Sad to hear, I learned to fly at the ERCS, oh, say about38 years ago, and they were great, very welcoming of a kid. Thankfully, our club in Shearwater is known for it's welcoming nature, to all who wish to fly, socialize and have fun. Only thing we don't have patience for, is snobs. Hopefully there's a more welcoming and relaxed club in your area.
Your club isn't the most welcoming. I was at a fun fly last year at your club and most friendly people were the guys from other clubs. You didn't say 2 words to me.
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Dude, put your big girl panties on and deal with it.

You sound like you had them all "judged" before you even got there. Jeez.
Exactly what I was thinking...

All clubs have their people. Cluques form in clubs either from what you fly or just the personality you have.

I just sum it up to that's life in general.

Every club I've ever been to. Or any swap meet or event for that matter. I always meet new people and have great conversations with them. One of the things I love about our fine hobby is the social aspect of it.
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Old 11-09-2014, 09:10 AM   #16
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Know what you mean! But I handled it differently, When I got stared at I stared back a little ugly and when I got crowded I didn't move, in fact I became a bully also. It seemed to work, I did my buying and have never gone to an other since.
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Old 11-09-2014, 01:25 PM   #17
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hi Derrick
Sorry you felt that way

I'm the president of the ERCS club and put on the auction. as you stated it was open to anyone with RC interest's, after reading your post I pulled up the attendance records for the Auction we had 100 people register and of those only "34" were from our club, of those 34 16 were working the auction.
the rest were people from other clubs "Calgary, Cold lake, Lloyd, and other locations in Alberta. . Not to be defensive about our club I'm not sure how you could label us as a bad club, when the majority of the guys there were from different places.
Yes most of them know each other because of our common interest "RC"
We welcome everyone to our events and to join in,
our membership age ranges from 9 years old to I guess very old, so we're not an old boys club.
you should have stuck around and out bid the person that you had the confrontation with instead of leaving with a bad taste in your mouth. it also sounds like You brought a negative memory from the past with you to yesterdays auction which evolved into a negative for the present.

I'm proud to be a member and a representative of the ERCS club, we put these type of events on to bring everyone together to have fun and socialize, that's what our sport is all about

so I guess that's my "Rant about an RC club"

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Old 11-09-2014, 01:56 PM   #18
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Re: Rant about an RC club

You know, I've been to quite a few auctions (not just RC) in my life and a lot of the dirty and mean looks are nothing more than scare tactics to intimidate and discourage people from becoming interested in bidding on an item that the glarer is interested in himself. After all the intent of any bidder at an auction is to get what he wants for as little as possible. Sounds like the tactic worked in this case!!!

That being said, I have been a member of this particular club for over 8 years. The membership is quite friendly and are always willing to help with advice, tips and most will bend over backwards to assist if required by a fellow member, a person interested in the sport looking for answers or the club as a whole. I think the fact that we had so many people out supporting the auction is proof of that.

As stated in other posts here, yes, there are cliques that will form in a club between people who share the same interests. You can see that in any club. For example Scale flyers, Sport Flyers, the Electric Guys, those who are Float Fliers and the independents who just want to fly. Some people are able to float between the groups, others stay closed up and stay in a clique... but it's all the same no matter where you go or what type of club your looking at.

I guess my question is what type of person are you? Did you make an effort to blend or did you just let the scare tactic scare you off into a corner resulting in your rant? I know that if you had come over to the tables that had the computers on them and asked a question, I would have extended my hand, introduced myself and welcomed you to the auction...

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Re: Rant about an RC club

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I started flying RC aircraft back in 1981 and have been a member of the ERCS club since then. Over the years I have met, been mentored by and have helped hundreds of people in this great hobby. Over the years most of these acquaintances have become good friends with several of them becoming lifelong friends. Everyone of these meetings began with a handshake followed by "Hi my name is Bob Wonitoy". If you choose to stand alone on the sidelines that is exactly were you will end up in life....alone on the sidelines.

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My very best experience with a club as a visitor was in Kingston. These guys welcomed me with open arms and not just a couple, but almost all of them. It was a great day to be sure.
This was 10yrs ago and I am still intouch, wheeling and dealing with a few several times a year.
One of the old farts as some people refer them as, called me a couple of months ago and informed me that he needed to down size.
This member is quite a scratch builder and when I met him that day 10 yrs ago he had a couple of his models at the field that I made quite a fuss over. In fact I think I mentioned to him that if he ever needed to sell I would sure like to have first chance at buying the models.
Well, I bought them and Jim gave me a deal I could not refuse. Jim made it quite clear that he wanted me to have his models. I was estatic over the whole thing and then my good friend Richard brought them all the way down from Kingston and delived them right to my door.
When I find time I will post photos of these models.
One is a 1908 Bleriot and the other is a 1912 Blackburn Monoplane. Very scale accept for the airfoil and no wing warping. Makes the models extremely flyable and fun.
Thanks very much Jim & Richard for being such decent guys and helping a great club maintain it's reputation.

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