View Single Post
Old 12th August 2008
DerekW DerekW is online now
Full member
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Hampshire
Posts: 3,119
Thanks: 92
Thanked 338 Times in 265 Posts
Likes: 37
Liked 544 Times in 382 Posts
Re: Camera Society or Camera Club?

I would interpret it as
A Club - any one can join by attending or paying a membership fee.

A Society - an organisation that requires defined standards of skill to achieve different levels of membership - eg Licentiate, Junior Member, Associate Member, Member, etc leading up to the equivalent of "Big Cheese".

To advance to higher levels of membership requires passing tests and paying even more money for the "privilege" of being tested by others.

The testers were originally self appointed and are now motivated to make their position as exalted as possible by ensuring that it is more difficult for new members to climb the membership ladder.

All said slightly tongue in cheek
Reply With Quote