My only experiences with clubs are all out of my area. Years back I used to help the Great Falls club during their open house during state fair. This open house paid their rent for the year in the public school building on the fairgrounds. Many of the members didn't have a layout due to a lack of space, and the club layout was the only place they had to run their trains. The only restrictions they had was limiting trains to a certain length because many of them were still using horn hook couplers which weren't reliable with long trains. While traveling and visiting with outher out of state modelers I did have the opportunity to visit many club layouts. There were a few clubs where politics were a problem, but again I found that many members again didn't have a layout and the club layout was the only place they could run their trains. I never ran across an incident when members wouldn't share their knowledge or experience. A lot of the younger modelers were quite grateful for the help. Nobody ever starts off as an expert. I have been in model railroading for decades and I'm still learning from other modelers, and I am always more than willing to help someone out if I can.