What Have I Gotten Myself Into?
"The benefit for me is staying intellectually engaged," says Tom Kenney, a retired Ford research engineer who is currently the club's treasurer. Looking at Tom's financial analyses has been like a business course for me. During his career, he assessed the financial implications and functional benefits of new vehicle technologies, and he's pleased to apply some of that experience at the club.
When I see our members pore over the bookkeeping, watch them organize an annual public event like our home tour or flea market, or see the care they take in maintaining our historic building, I'm awed at their talents and intelligence. I can't believe how fortunate I am to work with them. I do know that I wouldn't have met these people otherwise; our occupational circles wouldn't overlap.
And, yes, I've gotten many clients through my connections there. Why more businesspeople, nonprofit executives, development officers, and freelancers of all sorts aren't joining these kinds of clubs dumbfounds me. This intense networking is a kind of marketing that takes time, but the potential rewards are great, and it's much more fun than buying ads or posting to LinkedIn.