A pal and I started a club in our community back in 2008. The next closest club was over 60 miles away. He puttered out after about a year, and at some meeting meetings we had but 3-4 folks. We considered shutting it down. But stuck with it. Then in 2011, a LHBS opened in town, and agreed to host meetings. Our club now has about 300+ folks on the email list, and about 35 paid members. Usual attendance is about 20 folks. We are starting to outgrow the LHBS.
Anyway, I have been part of the leadership from the beginning. I don't think most folks really understand the work involved in running a club. In 2014, I stepped down from any leadership role, but SWMBO was elected president, so that, of course, included my participation. It's now 2015, and we have completely new leadership. I haven't missed a meeting yet.
But oh what a relief it is to know I don't HAVE to go to the meeting this Sunday.
(although it is a bit like you child going off to college, LOL)