“There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.”
The question of a club "making money" can be debated from a number of angles. However, a club from a day to day living point of view needs to cover its cost with a margin, albeit small, in order to allow for unforeseen circumstances. In addition to this the flying rate needs to do the same with allowances for aircraft replacement.
How clubs generate the flying revenue is upto themselves. Chances are if it is a healthy club, Students occupy perhaps 50-60% of the clubs revenue (hours), and the balance 50%-40% comes from PPL's. You can then argue about the facilities offered to each and how they are funded etc.
How committee's are constructed is a whole different ball of wax. On all committee's you find deadwood who appear to just sit there wishing to block every suggestion in the world for no real reason. And as with most things you find, everyone has an agenda. However, flying club committee's need people with agenda's which are only for the good of the club and are indeed somewhat selfless. Their agenda being, keeping flying rates down, membership rates down and in doing so promoting the use of aircraft and flying. Flying in your local club should be cheaper than group flying, if it's not you have a problem. The problem can be from complete wastes of money. Any money wasted will impact on either the membership rate or the hourly rate. This has a further negative in that as the rate rises the hours flown drops, and so the cost of running the a/c increases which means the hourly rate must go up again etc etc.
Members of a club, need to be proactive, if they are not happy with a situation, change the committee but don't just sit there moaning about it. To moan is a very Irish feature, and is far too easy. And so in your club, if you have a chance to bring on change, don't just sit there wondering, do something about it.