I agree Coop, and I already did that, and thanked them quite a bit.
The fact remains though that we aren't stepping up as much as we should, and that is the shame that i am attempting to put in front of people. We need to do more, and we are big enough that we should be able to do more.
It isn't something that they will use, it is something that we will use, and therefore I feel that we as a collective group of over 300 active members, and over 1500 total members should be pushing each other to make it better.
Had I not posted this information none would be the wiser, and as we move forward without doing our fair share in the park, we will lose that respect, and trust with our parks partners, which will enable them to not care as much about the efforts of our club as they will be sporadic. We need to be a driving force within our parks, or we need to get out.
I for one am at that point. I am old, and have been doing work now in KC for about 15 years on the courses/grants/behind/in front of the scenes. I am tired of it. I won't be doing this much longer, and I don't see anyone else pushing people to try to gain traction to get it done.
If I don't do it who is going to? Other organizations? Rely on the P&R?
I have designed and/or worked on 10 courses in the area over the last 9 years. Only Theiss, and Dick have really helped in that regards with the developmental aspect of it, but beyond courses, it has been getting things in place for the future so that people can carry the torch forward.
I don't see it happening, and it saddens me. Until our little snobby group of players get out and do the work needed and get their fingers dirty, pick up trash in areas, not in my back yard, we won't continue to move forward.
Instead it is where can I play. So as we move forward who is going to be doing that? Who is going to be leading that? At this point I have helped to write grants, helped to bring in worlds, helped to keep NT's in KC with a very few dedicated individuals. I mean a few dedicated folks. I spend on average probably close to 300-400 hrs a year at meetings about ensuring our place at the table. You know who I don't see, others in the disc golf community.......
I am tired of looking around feeling as though it is something that a group does, and then the group doesn't do it.
Prove me wrong is what I am asking. Prove me wrong, show me that our collective disc golf group is willing to coordinate and get 8-10 people out at each course for 4-6 hours of work a couple times before the wide open. That you will attend P&R meetings, neighborhood meetings, etc...to showcase what they are talking about and how we are a part of the vision moving forward.
Joining the club is easy, throwing money at the club to support it is harder, but easier, giving your time to the cause to ensure longevity is what I am talking about, and that is where my gripe stems from currently.
I am sure that it will change as well about what I want to gripe about