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Old 09-18-2013, 02:21 AM
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When a club takes a bite of the public land fruit they are sure to run into those old men playing with toys attitudes. When it comes to air planes or little league. Little league wins. Youth sports is big business and it draws politicians like some things draw flies. The flying site is the most important thing in the world of model aviation. We all want good flying sites. Many of us have some great places to fly. but most are very temporary. It is a fact. Unless a club has it's own place away from other folks that don't share our love of aviation. We will have a problem. To add to our problem is the fact we, the model aviation community does not speak with one voice. In fact it is just the opposite. There seems to be a never ending squabble amongst ourselves.
I have coached baseball, girls softball, pee wee football and soccer for kids. Parents are very serious about youth sports. There is a flaw in the system. When the kids grow, the parents move on and the leagues are run by a new group. So people like us in the model aviation business get to share with new folks each and every year that share public space with us. Until we learn we are all in this together we are going to lose to other groups. Now when all the sweeties read this there will be some cute remarks. This is serious business. If it affects a club in Florida it will have a impact on others no matter where they are located. East Coast, West Coast, and all in between we all face a common problem. We are disjointed and have the idea if it ain't here it ain't my problem. Perhaps we don't have to look very far to see why we always come in second. Yes we have some success stories here and there. To bad we don't learn from success of others. Those success stories are temporary. Just like little league leadership. When the successful group of leaders moves on the in fighting begins, and we come in second.