Silver Shadow Posted August 26, 2015 Share Posted August 26, 2015 I don't want to come off as one who is trying to minimize the value of $65. There have been times in my life when I couldn't have scraped together $65 dollars if I tried, and there may be a time, again when I can't. Back in the early 90's I heard of this thing called Cowboy shooting. I even went as far as to register an alias with one of the associations representing the sport. I chose the one that was free of course, and now nobody can even remember who they were (might be a moral there). I owned a EAA Bounty Hunter and a Marlin in 44 mag, and an old Stevens double. A look at the rules indicated I couldn't shoot my 44 mags, and I'd never heard of a 44 special, so, I determined in short order that I couldn't afford to play this game at the time. 20+ years later, life had progressed to the point where I thought I'd try again. I realized, very quickly, that this game is EXPENSIVE. By the grace of God, I do have the means to play, and am I glad I can. The people alone are worth every penny. That being said, I realize some of the people who are concerned about the recent increase in annual dues, can certainly afford the $65, but, aren't sure they are receiving any value for their money. All I can say is, get out and rub shoulders with the people involved in operating the SASS organization, take a look at the efforts of many of the volunteers who give tirelessly to provide rule clarification and modification to make this sport as safe and enjoyable as possible, or the people that moderate and contribute to the Wire, just to name a few, and it's not hard to come up with $65 a year worth of value in this organization. Even if a large portion of that was going in the Wild Bunches pocket, I still wouldn't have a problem. In my opinion they deserve something. I don't care what they do with my money, as long as SASS continues to exist. Yes, I realize that some of you might think, that because I'm a Life member that it doesn't effect me, but, for what I had to pay for my life membership, and calculating my age, I'm still pay more than $65 a year. I knew life membership probably didn't make fiscal sense for me. I did it mainly to be eligible to help as a TG if any of the clubs I'm involved in might have need of me. And now to the point. For those people who will be kept from participating in their State Championship or other SASS members only shoots, due to a lack of disposable income for membership dues, please contact me (seriously). I would be glad to contribute a years worth of membership fees for you and your family so that you might be able to enjoy those events as much as I have. Finally, I'd like to express my appreciation to all at SASS for their efforts. You have provided so many smiles in my life, I'll be forever in your debt. And Misty, in all sincerity, if there is anything that I can do to help, please let me know. Good Luck and Good Shooting with Great People Silver Shadow Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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