Don’t have a lot to say about today, except that I’ve come home with a whole lot of work to do. I had said I’d go to WI, but I’ve emailed with my apologies.
I used to be a member for about 20 years, but haven’t been for the past three. This is nothing to do with the society I went to, but I was busy and missing more meetings than I attended. And then, HQ decided that they were going to relaunch their magazine, send it to everyone, and charge a higher fee accordingly.
How it works, the subscription is decided at Head Office, with the capitation fee they take off. The rest of the money is the society’s to use as necessary and desired – on the meeting place, speakers, etc, and more fundraising can be done if required. The thing is, though, I didn’t want the magazine and there wasn’t an option not to pay for it. You could opt out of receiving it, but you still had to pay. I gave it a chance to grow on me, but found I often wasn’t bothering to take it out of its wrapper, and if I did, it took about five minutes to glance through. I didn’t mind paying the sub to the local branch even if I didn’t make most of the meetings, but rather resented the high-handed manner of HQ, so my attendance and membership lapsed. Ironically, I still get sent the magazine. The first year, I thought that maybe they were doing it to keep me in touch and maybe tempt me back, but now I just think they’re inefficient. All the same, I do miss seeing my friends and so I am aiming to rejoin. But not tonight.
I missed much of this morning’s music lesson because the Finance meeting went on a long time (we’re not out of money, a major policy item was being discussed), but when I joined the lesson to find that the pupils were learning how to mix tracks, I thought I was fairly okay, having used the programme before. However, turned out they were using a different programme. So, I asked one group who was doing well what they were doing and, when another had a problem, relayed the information. This afternoon, as the teacher was showing the whole class what to do, I made notes on my phone (better than paper as I won’t lose them). So I was able to be a bit more useful.
I also had school dinner again, which was very good. And cheap, £1.18 for a pasta/tomato sauce bake with cheese topping, and salad. And the catering manager came and offered me coffee afterwards.