I can completely understand. I’ve been a victim of number three. I’ve been trying to make a connection at one of our local quilt guilds. So far I am treated like the elephant in the room. Nobody, absolutely nobody has reached out to me. The only person that has struck up a conversation is the friend I brought with me last week. She only came because I had been encouraging her to join me. Much to my surprise she came on a night when a $5.00 mandatory donation was collected. Neither one of us had any idea there would be one collected. Thankfully I had my checkbook with. I willingly paid for my friend’s admission. Being as it was her first ever time attending I would think the guild would have waived the fee. After all they have more than $15,000 in their treasury between their checkbook and cd.
Most of the women at the guild are older than I am. Their taste in quilting doesn’t quite match with mine but I was hoping to make a local connection to meet some friends. So far that seems out of the question. Against my better judgement I paid my $20 and joined the organization. I will have to see how the year goes and whether I want to renew my membership next September. Hopefully things will improve. Of course since my status is currently at the bottom there’s no place to go but up, right!
BTW, I have plans to visit a Modern Quilt Guild in another city this coming week. I have high expectations. I will keep you posted on the outcome.