Memories depend on your involvement
THE second week in September is a time of significant anniversaries. One only needs to say the date - September 11 - and everyone knows the destruction that that date commemorates.
September 12 is also the anniversary of the disappearance of William Tyrrell. It was the day that a dear little boy vanished from the front yard of his grandmother's house.
Like many significant events, we can recall exactly where we were when we heard the news.
How well we remember events and other things depends on a variety of factors. One of those factors is our personal involvement in the event.
There is a meme that says, "If you can remember the 60s, you weren't there".
I can remember the 60s - and I was there!
My memories of the 60s are dominated by the pain and devastation of a relentless drought. Images of starving stock, weak sheep bogged in dams, motherless lambs and the dust blowing across the Downs are indelibly imprinted in my mind.
Likewise, when we think of organisations and businesses, our memories are influenced by the role that we once played in those institutions.
I recently heard the comment that a club had "lost its way".
I did wonder what the club was doing that indicated that it had "lost its way". Perhaps the club has had a change of focus? Why did the club change its focus?
Both of those questions lead one to realise that times change, and to stay current and connected with members, it is essential to change.
For a person who was involved with a club or business 20 years ago, and is no longer involved, it may be difficult to see the need for change.
If the change is something in which we have no interest, it would be easy to say that an organisation has lost its way. However, the reality is that the club may have found a way to exist into the future.