I seem to have formally ended my affiliation with the DVRA today. This has been on the wall for some time apparently – there’s some who don’t seem to think I, or others that pay dues and help when they can, are doing enough and that we need to do more. Of course, the problem was that when I brought in a bunch of new folks who were more than interested, eager and willing to do a lot more, they were all met with apathy and indifference, occasionally opposition. A few times lately I’d get the snarky comments.. “Missed you at the meeting” (which I refrained from replying with, “I had a nice dinner with my family, you were not missed”) and more recently a flat-out “maybe if you showed up you’d know.” I’m sorry, but isn’t it the dream of an organization, to which membership doesn’t cost the organization anything, to have members who send in dues and do nothing else? What if that person sends in dues, and maintains websites, email lists, Facebook fan pages, Twitter accounts and more? Apparently, it’s still not enough as some now want to mandate that people must attend other functions, or – get this – give six months notice they’ll be unable to attend, so that other suitable tasks can be set aside for them. You have got to be fucking kidding me, I thought. Nope, all seriousness. Give your money, give your time (or give more money), or you’re out. Let me think about that.. oh yeah. Good riddance.
A copy of my “farewell” letter is below the fold, for those morbidly interested in reading it. I really do feel bad about this, and got a bit emotional writing it. There’s a select few who appear to be running the organization into the ground as quickly as they can, and if not for the group there’s some very fine people I never would have met. But some folks are just hell-bent on getting things their way at all costs… I wonder how many will be left in the group when others who have no desire – or ability – to participate in mandatory events take stock of what they really get out of the club, and what downsides there are to leaving it. I certainly couldn’t think of one.