If you have issues with the people in an EGA Chapter:
Start a dialogue. Begin with the President. Or is that person the problem? Maybe other people feel the same way. Maybe you just feel ignored or left out of the "cool" gang. Start your own "cool" gang. If you're like me and are an introvert, this may not be easy. But it could be worth it step out your comfort zone.
I've been vocal within my own Chapter about what worked for me when I joined - why I continued to come and didn't become one of those drop-outs. Other people have joined this conversation with their own version of what worked for them to keep them coming.
I've heard around the water cooler that my Chapter has/had a reputation as snobs. That's not how I found things to be at all and have done my best to counteract those opinions with my own experience.
A good chapter will contact you if you drop your membership to find out why you did. Maybe it's a change in your life and not something that occurred within the Chapter. But they should want to know if there's something that needs fixing.
If a real-life Chapter just isn't going to work, join as a Member-at-Large. Attend Regional Seminars or Smart Days. Or join the Cyberstitchers. They are a pretty happy group from what I hear.
This isn't just because of Anna's comments. I've had this conversation with others, recently and in the past.
But now to address her comments about the magazine, Needlearts. I agree this magazine needs work. But it has been improving. The news about the various people and groups now is in a separate publication delivered online to most of us and on paper for a few. That leaves the magazine to focus on projects, history, techniques, etc. A good move in my opinion.
Lastly, a question.
How old when you when you started stitching? I think a majority of us tell of some experience in our youth that made us familiar with it when we were older. Do we do a terrible job in the needlework industry attracting teens and twenty-somethings? Yup. But I don't think there's a magical answer for that.