It is too bad that the club didn't scratch your itch. The great majority of new members in our club are not interested in long term involvement. Perhaps several meetings and mentoring sessions is sufficient until they feel that they can turn something without destroying it or their shop in the process. Most people are busy and already have a lot of irons in the fire and aren't as eaten up with the turning bug like some of us fools are. Others join just to get a membership card that gives them discounts at a couple woodworking merchants. The club that you attended recently changed their meeting location from south of Lake Pontchartrain to north of it so I suspect that many of the members had to add about an hour to their drive time. That might explain the quick dispersal after the meeting ended. At the same time it looks like they could have done a better job of welcoming visitors.