Originally Posted by rcmiket
Why more money isn't allocated to grow the the local clubs is beyond me. I mean come on isn't that where members come from? We recently applied for a AMA Take Off and Grow grant. Our plan was well thought out and will be executed as presented in the grant application. This money is to attract not only new members for our club and ultimately new AMA members .
We received 1/3rd of what we requested. While we will make it work I don't get the logic there.
I can't imagine how bad your club must feel when they consider what AMA's EC spends on themselves just to attend their quarterly conclaves. Looking at the November 2016 minutes as an example, here's who attended and where they came from:
President Bob Brown, Bradford, PA
Executive Vice President Gary Fitch, Delevan, NY
Chief Financial Officer Keith Sessions, Burlington, KY
I-Andy Argenio, Smithfield, RI
II-Eric Williams, Schenectady, NY
III-Mark Radcliff, St. Marys, WV
IV-Jay Marsh, High Point, NC
Interim VP District V-Andy Griffith, Jacksonville, FL
VI-Randy Cameron, Springfield, MO
VII-Tim Jesky, Monroe, MI
AVP District VIII-Tony Breyen, Wichita Falls, TX
AVP District IX-Paul Frankum, Lenexa, KS
X-Lawrence Tougas, Fairfield, CA
XI-Chuck Bower, Langley, WA
Let's assume the guys from Kansas, Missouri, and even Michigan drove. That leaves eleven guys that had to fly at, say $750 a ticket on average (most appear to be going small airport to small airport vs. major hub to major hub which is cheaper). Let’s assume a two full days of meetings, which means three nights in a hotel (arrive night before) at $75 a night per person per room. Then assume four days per diem at $35 a day per person (travel day, meeting day x 2, and travel day). Throw in one rental car for every other person at $50 a day for two full days in Muncie. And throw in four days parking at home airport at $10 a day per person per day.
Airfare: 11 x 1 x $7500 = $8250
Hotels: 14 x 3 x $75 = $3150
Per Diem: 14 x 4 x $35 = $1960
Rental Cars: 7 x 2 x $50 = $700
Parking: 14 x 4 x $10 = $560
So that’s $14,620 a meeting, four times a year, or $58,480 for a year...just in travel for the knights of the round table to meet. And during that same period, what did they give the unwashed masses in field grants? Less than half that ($23,000 - Note 1).
How an organization spends money is a direct measure of its priorities. By an objective measure, it appears that spending money on the EC to meet is twice as important as money to help fields where members actually fly.
Note 1: http://www.modelaircraft.org/members...itegrants.aspx