To address your concernsMay 4 2009 at 8:25 PM
from IP address 126.96.36.199
Response to Some thoughts-long-sorry
I am an IPMS member.
I posted anonymously because there are a couple of people who recently moved here who are interested in our chapter and on the outside chance they might read this I kept my mouth shut....though! I hear others in newsletters I get from other chapters grumbling about the apathy.
I agree with you about how the national organization is run. The reorganized magazine is really nice. Our RC is a great support, but it's just like any other organization, the leadership must have the support of the members.
YOU ACCUSED ME OF BEING PART OF THE PROBLEM.... HERE'S what I have done to contribute that I also kept my mouth shut about.
I (I, me, myself) was the newsletter editor in the post. I do care...I care less now that things have gone the way they have. I worked an extra half work week every month putting out what was most often a 15-20 page newsletter. When I finally quit I had threatened no newsletter, had begged, pleaded, cried and cussed (so to speak) for articles for YEARS (half a decade?), a local hobby dealer told me everybody agreed that nobody would contribute...he laughed and said, nobody's going to do anything about it, but they didn't blame you for quitting.
I've worked to set up and take down shows, to plan shows, I did the category sheets, and flyers, I did photographs of local shows...my young teen child worked for a vendor at a couple of shows. I tried everything I could think of.
As to the newsletter: In addition to photographing our model shows, I did the regionals when I could go, I've also at various times been photographing tanks at a museum in the extended area, even went to an exceptional hobby shop 100 miles away one time and while I was there asked permission and took a ton of photos and did a many page newsletter on the store. I took original pictures of vintage cars I would find sitting in parking lots. Once an owner let me spend almost an hour going over a mid-fifties Lincoln.... and put them in the newsletter. I sat down one night and put together a list of all the countries I could find IPMS chapters in, and put the signup form with an IPMS USA logo and the list of countries down the side of the sign-up form. That took two days of my evenings.
I have been president of a local chapter, vice president and have worked at all of our shows. Until recently, (since about 2000 when I last changed jobs) I drove the 30 miles home before the meetings so an older gentleman in the chapter who had worked faithfully for years, but who didn't want to do the drive any more because of night vision problems could go. I then drove back down the EXACT SAME road to a town 10 miles distant from my place of work because HE deserved the chance to go...and because he went, others from town would go sometimes
I also love old cars, and I know, I KNOW, from having talked to car modelers, car club members (started out as a car builder myself and have owned several vintage cars) that many of them have an all military view of the IPMS. Some patently refuse to join because of it.
I may not have done everything possible to be a good steward, but feel I have worked about as hard as anybody. This in addition to working a full time AND a part time job.
The point about the source of kits drying up and the OUTRAGEOUS pricing: is that it is excluding a lot of potential future members, I admit I didn't make a very strong argument there (more of a rant).
Be ALL of this as it may, the IPMS is the best tool we have... but frankly, and I hear hobby dealers (who at least in this area of the country are slowly drifting out of scale modeling...the one exception seems to be the ones near military bases) saying that they give scale modeling another 20 years TOPS. That's not much of an assessment from people who take the risks in this economic sector to provide us what we need.
That all speaks to me of a community of miniature makers (IPMS or not) that will die if it doesn't change it's attitudes and start showing people the craft....
Asia, and the former British colonies seem to be far more interested than we are.