Originally Posted by therusty
Vlad, if you want to have an impact on the organization, dues of < $100/year is nothing compared to the time and emotion to be invested. The most effective way to create change is to get involved. Yet there are other ways too. The staff at my resort provides ideas to the demo team/national leadership via Michael's clinics. It cost me $80 (plus tip) to be in a clinic with 10 people with Michael for 1 day. With 3 such days of clinics, we cover Michaels daily fee plus expenses at no cost to the resort (except for lunch and lift ticket). Because Michael came to Whitetail years ago, I got the opportunity to turn him on to Epic. Because of that he was available at the ESA at Stowe. In addition to the on-snow time at Stowe, he was available after hours for "other" discussions. Michael is very interested in hearing ideas for helping PSIA. He is also encouraging other demo team members to search out resorts like Whitetail for "private" clinics as well as personally being available.
rusty- the core issue is poorly, if not inadvertantly, concealed in your post- you mention the 'opportunity' to pay
a 'michael' in order to (let me see if i got this right) give HIM input on how to improve the oganization, or else learn more PSIA stuff from him. It seems to be one or the other.
so, michael's charging folks to give psia input?
you state this after saying, earlier in your post:
" What we are lacking is people volunteering to tackle them and an understanding that "obvious" solutions are not without their costs and that progress can be glacially slow"
I think, rusty, if i'm reading this right, that what you're really lacking are people willing to pay
to tackle the PSIA's problem for them.
and this, really, is the problem.
as i said, i'd love to be able to gice casual input.
but the PSIA charges one to give them input for improving their organization, it would seem.
Like I say, I would love to see improvement in the org, I really, as an american, would- but i've been around folks talking about the improvements the PSIA's about to make, the corner it's going to turn, for over 30 years, now.
i am dead serious when i state that i would like to see it genuinely improve, and
more importantly, i gotta thank you for taking the time to post your very thoughtful, sincere and intelligent reponse to my question. the association's fortunate to have you, and i hope you impart more of the same on them.