Conversly try to put yourself in our position, attacking someone is not the way to discuss an issue. The only thing it does is further divide us.
You are correct; but letting it fester amoung those who feel cheated also doesn't solve anything so perhaps it at least started a healthy discussion. While I agree 100% that no one should attack anyone about this I also don't think there is anything wrong with some confrontation as long as it doesn't get ugly. But that is one of those challenges the bod has right? Everyone is going to defend their own turf no matter who thinks what is right and the job of the board is to understand what works for UFWDA by taking bits and pieces and melding them together.
Putting myself in your position - I can't, I don't live there and I don't know what your priorities are. What I do know that without money and control of their own destiny organizations like UFWDA can not exisit. The work they do at the national level is the work that impacts the future of the sport. The people that run the organization on a daily basis need the freedom to run the business of UFWDA and not have their hands tied to a yearly meeting where they are told how bad a job they are doing instead of hearing feedback on what need to be done around the country.
We have some of the same issues hear in CO when it comes to money - especially for landuse... while we have open trails and public lands we also have to decide where our money goes - the local club (For me: WagonMaster and Trailridge Runner), the state Association (CO State Associaiton of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs), The State Coalition (CO Off Highway Vehicle Coalition), The state sticker program (Not required for 4x4's but if the % of 4x4's drop then MC and ATV get all the funding), and the national orgs (like UFWDA).
By the time one spends a little at each place it adds up. So I do understand that it's not $25.. it's more like $60 or $70.
As I stated I would like to see 100% participation in United from our member clubs but my Assocation is not going to dictate to our clubs that they MUST join United.
So I believe the new plan removes the inequity and allows your clubs/association to do just that. So vote in the changes as they sit and see what happens. The 100% and the non-100% will make their own choices but it will be on a level playing field.
Give me some additional TOOLS and INFORMATION to sell United and I would be happy to do so
Hmm.. the future of the sport should be all that is needed.. but unfortunatly I know it's not. Land use (your already doing).. but that's a big part. Awareness training can be used to bring in new people etc.
I find that just putting UFWDA on the state agenda and the clubs agenda even if for only 1 or 2 minutes at every meeting and talking about things that are happening from someone who takes a few hours a week to read and understand what is happening makes a huge difference. Just make sure that person you have do this (a delegate or other person) has the ability to break the work down into terms the people understand. If they talk over everyone head no one will want to listen anymore. The UFWDA's Voice has material so ask then if anyone needs to understand anything or ask the BOD for a quick update the week before your meeting (or check for PR on the website).
There's a few ideas - some you may already be doing.
Please do not judge ME from the actions of another, I understand your frustration because I deal with the same thing. I am not judging United from a snap shot of a few weeks time, I believe in United and want to see United grow and prosper.
I am not judging anyone from the actions of another. In fact I'm not judging anyone. What I said is that the 100%'ers don't think it's fair. And they don't. That isn't a judgement, it's a fact and a feeling. If you spent any time at convention the last 4 years then you would understand the truth in that statement whether it's got various levels and whether or note anyone has offered a fix.