I think the number one thing to remember in a club is moderation. Too many rules, too many guidelines and the club becomes stagnant. Not enough rules and it becomes a loose group of people that slowly each go off on their own thing. Lets not forget one of the reasons why a club should exist. That is to make the public aware of this great hobby, promote and bring in new modelers and members. If you just want to run trains, stay home with your layout. If you don't want to build a layout, take up another hobby. A club president in my hobby (shudder, model airplanes) was often quoted as saying "Participate and enjoy your hobby." I understand there are members who are in rough times, I've been there where the last $20.00 has to pay for two weeks worth of groceries. So spending money on my trains was not an option. However I had time, so working on club modules or the layout could be done. If a club member does not have the skills to any one of the things required, HELP HIM or HER learn. If your club member is challenged by a medical problem and can not do any hard physical labor, yet is excited to run trains, you have a great public relations person right there! The problem with society today, is everyone is so tuned into their iPhones, iPads, social media and reality TV, they loose sight of one of the most basic human skills, COMMUNICATION. Which by the way requires verbal, listening and comprehension skills. A group of guys can't pick a guy out of the membership and say, "He is not a good club member, he just runs his stuff and does not contribute to the club." Find out why. Maybe he needs to learn skills on building a layout, but for what ever reason, hasn't talked to anyone. Someone should talk to the member and see what they can do so he can further participate and enjoy his hobby. It is real easy for people to stand back and judge someone. It is important to know the membership body, find out what their strengths are and use them. You will always have the guy that thinks participating in a club is showing up AFTER the modules are set up, sets up his massive freight and is gone all day, showing up just in time to grab and pack his stuff, leave without helping tear down and the next time you see him is not at a meeting or work party but the next show. Human nature. If that guy doesn't want to contribute, with money or time, show him the door. I think everyone needs to step back and ask the question, what is the purpose of a club? What do you get out of it? Remember, clubs are a SOCIAL activity. If you are an anti social or just not really into dealing with the wide range of human traits, than a club may not be for you. We all have to deal with all kinds of attitudes, being a human means knowing when to pick your battles. All to often people make up petty arguments on why this railroad is better, this track is better, blah blah blah. Moderation, learn to bend a bit, learn to find common ground with your fellow modeler. As a wise Canadian has said, "Where all in this together." With that, I'm off to participate and enjoy my hobby as I go solder drops on the club module.