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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-22-2005, 11:52 AM
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Today I recieved what I can only guess to be a membership package, apparently purchased anonomously on my behalf.

I truly and deeply appreciate the gesture on the unknown persons part and I fully realize that in accepting a gift, you honor the giver. However, I must politely decline, I feel that ISSCA has core issues with which I am unable to reconcile with membership.

I hope whomever reads this doesn't take offense, because none is meant. Thank you.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-22-2005, 09:38 PM
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Kelly - some thoughts from a guy who's only been around this scene for a year or so...

I sat on the sidelines, watching what was going on. I saw the good, the bad, with differing degrees and perspectives from ISSCA members.

When I saw that the Nationals were going to be on the east coast, I figured I would join ISSCA at some point. I joined my local club (POSSI), and have already met some really nice folks that I otherwise would not have had the opportunity to meet.

I dedided to join ISSCA after the fallout from the 'infamous' board meeting.

I've been relatively quiet so far, and will gradually start to voice my opinions on ISSCA matters as time goes on...I feel I need to get more familiar with the players, the politics, and the inner workings of the club for now.

I've read many of your posts, and can say this - not only do you know these B-body cars very well, but you have very strong opinions. Your opinions would be heard by more ears and given more validity as a member of ISSCA than as a non-member.

You could take this membership, and make your opinions work for the good of the club. This is what all members should do - the club will always be changing, always evolving - the more members that are involved, and share their opinions - the stronger and more focused the club will be.

I feel that this club will continue to grow stronger, not fade away as NAISSO did. Why do I feel this way? Too many of us are passionate about our cars. When I say that I'll be buried in my SS in some circles, people look at me like I'm half nuts. If I say that here, not only does it sound reasonable, but I know I'm not alone in saying it [img]smile.gif[/img] .

ISSCA, and it's members, have the opportunity and ability to learn from others past mistakes. You can be a part of making the club better - as I plan to do myself.
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-23-2005, 05:03 AM
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My local club(Ex-Chartered club), and a few of its membership have ALOT of problems with ISSCA(or some key personell), even I think somethings could proably be done better, though I wouldnt know where to start to fix them.
That being said, ISCCA is a NATIONAL(actualy worldwide) club which makes things a bit difficult, but as a whole they do things for our community (hobbiests) that couldnt be done otherwise. On top of that the club IS made up of a bunch of guys who share a fun(most of the time) hobby.
I gladly (though late) renewed my membership hoping at least a tiny bit of good will come of it for our hobby and friends, its not easy to set up a gathering of 100+ cars and people from coast to coast to have fun.
Also, if some things dont sit right with you, the more reason to accept and get involved, maybe things could be changed.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-28-2005, 07:44 PM
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ISSCA has really come a long way since its humble beginnings.

Some of you may remember how long it took just to get to the Round Table stage. It took a few years of trial and failure, to find the folks willing to step out on “that” limb. How about the folks that stepped even further out on that limb and reached into their pockets and put up their own funds and resources to try and make ISSCA a reality? I’m in awe at how long some of these folks have stuck with it through all the nay-saying. Sure, these folks are “volunteers” (and getting harder to come by, I might add), devoting their own time and resources (read that money out of their own pocket and vacation time from work), to do their part to help ISSCA be a success. Are they looking for accolades or some elite status? Not in the least! They just want to see ISSCA succeed.

Let’s put this in another perspective. So, “I’ll” say being an ISSCA member is like voting in your local or national elections. If you don’t vote (not become a member), what do you have to complain about (you must be satisfied with the way things are)? Let’s say you do vote, but if you have an issue you are in conflict with and you don’t call/write your congressman/senator (director in your region), how can you complain? It’s easy to sit behind a keyboard in some forum and toss rocks, without being involved in the solution.

Apart from the officers, let’s mention folks like the Impala SScene editor, Chris and Dan before him. Talk about pressure to get the magazine out! When was the last time you knew of an editor that worked on their own time for free? You think coming up with quality magazine content is easy?

I’ll end my drivel with this, get on board and become part of the solution. To those that are on the train, I salute you!

P.S.: Oh yes, don’t give me the “they volunteered” line. If it wasn’t for the volunteers, there wouldn’t be anything to complain about.
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