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Old 05-30-2017, 06:53 PM
Rockin Robbins
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In an accompanying thread, http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/show...61#post1006261, franklin_m is trying to show that quarterly travel expenses for the Executive Committee members to their quarterly meeting in Muncie dwarf funds for flying site grants.

But although he appears to be pretty well connected, the only way he can get the amount of expenses for the junkets is to back into the numbers using average flight, hotel rooms, rental car, etc numbers from a survey of Muncie businesses!

You mean that AMA can hide not only the way each EC member voted but also hides its expenses from the membership? What manner of beast is this, anyway?

From here it looks like it's a subscription toy box for a small oligarchy, who spends as it sees fit, mostly on itself! I won't contribute to any charity which distributes less than 90% of the money collected to the object of that charity.

Analyzed in that light, the huge salary for the president (he's in the top 5% of wage earners for his state), the centralization of all AMA activity in Muncie, the lack of transparency mean that all kinds of abuses are possible and quite likely. I wouldn't donate to such an organization.

Many say that the AMA is voluntary so they need to be left alone to do as they like. The Mafia is also a voluntary organization (mostly....) but we don't think that's so good. It's a shame that so many good modelers are willing to pony up that much cash every year for an oligarchy who does not appreciate their contributions and doesn't feel obligated to conduct its business transparently, with accountability toward the contributors.

AMA membership (except the free and cheap ones) is way down. There's a reason for that. As more and more reluctantly see what is going on and listen to the boldly self-serving pronouncements of the politburo, they will, one by one, see what I see and decide that their money and time are better spent elsewhere.

The AMA has transitioned from serving its members to serving its members for lunch. Some of them enjoy this. But they will see the light.
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