"Even if you don't want to be involved in a club, just the act of joining will help that club get things done. Intelligent people understand this, so they do join clubs whether they plan to be active in that club or not. They understand that good things will get done in their name... and that is what matters to them."
Originally Posted by Bullseye
So... yesterday I had someone come up to me and unload on me about how unfair it was that we are offering Stumptown members preferred registration for the Slosh event at Blue Lake. He seemed to think that we were trying to make sure only Stumptown members got to play at Blue Lake, and that was not fair to him because he didn't want to join Stumptown. At the same time he took the opportunity to make sure I knew the only reason anyone is playing in our Slosh series is so people can get rated rounds in time for Worlds in 2014, and no one will be signing up for them next year.
I can't even begin to tell you how much this entire exchange pissed me off. Not only because I thought his entire argument was absurd, but also because this was someone that I have repeatedly gone out of my way to help many times over the years. I can't event remember how many times I've paid his entry and let him pay me back. Perhaps, it was this fact that has made this whole ordeal so hard for me simply "Let it go!".
First off, I announced the preferred registration for Stumptown members before we ran a single Slosh event this season, so this should not have been a surprise to anyone who took the time to read the announcement. Also, the disc golf course at Blue Lake Park would not even be there right now if not for Stumptown & Next Adventure. As individuals, we disc golfers do not wield much clout. However, when we band together as a group, like we have with Stumptown, then people start to take us more seriously and we can get things done. Even if you don't want to be involved in a club, just the act of joining will help that club get things done. Intelligent people understand this, so they do join clubs whether they plan to be active in that club or not. They understand that good things will get done in their name... and that is what matters to them.
Now... can someone please tell me why it is unfair that members of the club who helped get Blue Lake in the ground should not have first chance to register... for an event that club is running.... at a park that club helped install? Because I'll be honest, I do not see this as being unfair at all. I see it as a small reward for people who are actually helping us get things done.
Thanks for listening...
President - Stumptown Disc Golf.
PS: In the event you have not heard this before... Stumptown Disc Golf is a 100% non-profit organization run completely by VOLUNTEERS. Not a single member of this club profits from their hard work. Everything the club does is done altruistically, with the sole goal of helping promote disc golf in the Greater Portland Metro area. If someone tells you otherwise... they are lying. Period.
This was my favorite part. I joined Stumptown a couple months ago, prompted by it being easy to join online, my long time admiration of what Stumptown does and has done, and so I could possibly play the Blue Lake tournament.
Disc golf is full of really awesome people. Also, disc golf is full of worthless, ungrateful, unhelpful shit birds who never do anything positive or giving and just take, take take, and complain. Fuck them, fuck the shitbird in this story, and fuck all the finger pointers who whine about all the stuff "the club" doesn't do while taking full advantage of all the club's hard work.