In case you missed it, our friend in Victoria, Trevor Stanning, and who serves as Box Hill CC's treasurer, dropped by and posted a response to our post last Friday. In contrast to a couple of posters who reported a downturn in chess activity, the Box Hill guys are experiencing a boom.
I notice the posts to date, on this OPEN thread you have provided, have all looked at the glass as half empty.
Just for a counter-balance, the ROOKIES Cup event today (clash with Mothers Day) had a near record turnout of 50, and in no small way this is due to the influence of our new non-chess playing President Gladys Liu, the mum of two ERGAS squad members. Our Tuesday coaching numbers are up by 25% and we are looking for a fourth coach to participate in the 90 minute session.
We have now opened for business in a new session...Sunday arvo., due to numbers who can't be handled in our other sessions. We are about to sign a deal with the local Traders Association to run a monthly SIMUL in their 'town square'. An earner for juniors who are trying to finance trips to tournaments.
How do these guys do it?