The Glasshouse Country Coffee Club is an opportunity for every stakeholder in the Glasshouse Country Community to gather together for any reason or no reason at all.
We also like to think that we will become the clearest voice in the community about what needs to be done, where we should go, what we should do, and how to go about making our land a better place
It’s not because the existing systems don’t work, but the majority of organizations are designed with exclusivity in mind and they want you to go through them, the Rotarians, the Lions, the Chamber of Commerce, the CWA, Toastmasters, the Community Centre’s … the list goes on.
These are all great and valuable organizations which add value to our culture and which we use routinely but the trouble is they’re big awkward and sometimes exclusive systems that also compete with each other, the end result is a wildly fractured approach to the issues which concern us, which we want changed or we simply want to know more about.
Here is the Thing: The Chamber of Commerce requires you to pay subs and to conform to a specific category before they will give you “a look in”. The council want you to be a “not for profit” before you can list your organisation on their community portal. Where’s the middle ground?
The Glasshouse Coffee Club on the other hand is inclusive of all these groups and everyone in between. We welcome the dogooders, the knowitall’s, the busybodies, the itoldyouso’s and those who just want to have a cup of coffee and find out what is happening.
Here’s another thing: If you were visiting or moving into one of the Glasshouse Country Towns for example and you wanted to find out what’s going on, where would you search, and who would you approach? The locals might have their spots, and if you knew enough people in Glasshouse Country maybe you could tap into some resources and information and events to make a start to your new life.
The Glasshouse Country Coffee club offers locals and visitors to the community a fully comprehensive view of all the events, oorganisationsand happening in the towns.
The Glasshouse Country Coffee Club also offers a chance to meet up with some members from each of these groups without having to go and meet up with each of these groups individually and even if you did, you still might miss something.
Yet another thing: In recent times it appears as though the government organisations designed to serve us are serving themselves. If the Coffee Club is representative of the “John and Joanne Average” then we can better ensure that these organisations are serving the community.
The crux of the issue is that these systems don’t always talk to each other, and if they do, they talk up or talk down. We feel more might be achieved more by talking across to each other over a cup of coffee by day or perhaps a plate of fish & chip in the early evening.