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« on: July 27, 2012, 02:42 PM »

My AKA membership will end in a few days.

    I went to the AKA website to renew and found myself hesitant.

For $40/year I get the magazine, but barely skim through it.

And this is from someone who regularly donates photos and time

assisting Phil with some of the Photoshop editorial duties. In fact,

the AKA cover contest is scheduled to appear in the next issue.

   The 10% off at authorized merchants is nice, but it actually hurts

the merchants, so who am I helping?

   Don't compete anymore, haven't for many years. So I'm open as

to reasons why I should renew. I like the idea of the organization,

but am hard pressed to stay on. 

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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2012, 02:50 PM »

5 years ago I went to the AKA web site looking for a reason to join.
I'm still looking.

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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2012, 03:04 PM »

I'm a member and will remain so.

I attend and participate in AKA sanctioned festivals and events, for which the AKA insurance is a good and necessary thing. I occasionally compete in handcrafted. I enjoy the magazine as well, especially JC's pics.  Wink

While the negative personalities of the past were a turn off, I try (tried) to ignore that and focus on the positive.

It's a minimal effort on my part to help foster a hobby I enjoy.
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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2012, 03:28 PM »

I have not been a member for over 5 years....I was at one point of the highest recruiters in the late 90s and early 00s....
the magazine declined - phil still works hard at keeping it going....

I had contacted the office once a few years back about becoming a life member...apparently that scared them as i got a couple of emails that then dropped off....so...i said forget it....

I still will help them if i can....I donate items to the auctions sometimes with out hearing anything back.......
Just not putting out my money on them....

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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2012, 03:47 PM »

I had a membership for several years and then allowed to lapse. I spoke my good friend Jay Nune who explained that the AKA is not a company that does something for its members... the AKA is the members. So ny paying I into the AKA we are supporting other kite filers. The main thing I see this as is to maintain an  insurance policy so festivals can still take place. Without the insurance, many events could not happen. Is that worth $40 a year? On top of that, I like the mag. It reminds me that things are happening all over the place And keeps me going in the winter months.

So I don't look at it as what the AKA gives me... rather my $40 helps other members.

I don't think the 10% discount really hurts vendors. Hopefully it gives them more sales but it also increases the reason for someone to join the AKA. You then need to see above as to why that is a good thing.

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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2012, 04:28 PM »

I am a member. I continue to  be a member to support kiting.
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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2012, 04:59 PM »

I join for the same reason that I join other organizations - it's purpose, in this case I would generally describe as 'to share the experience and love of kiting with others', is important to me.   

I would not have discovered my love of sport kite flying if not for the AKA and NWSKL. 


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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2012, 05:21 PM »

I agree with Tom. If it wasn't for two different AKA sponsored/supported Kite Festivals, I would have not been introduced to kiting as it exists today. If we don't support the AKA, we are not supporting the sport we love.
Are there politics? Yes!
Get over them, and be a part of something greater than the proverbial ME.
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« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2012, 05:35 PM »

Provocative discussion!
I have to agree with the previous four responders.............$40 bucks a year compared to one used trickster on the swap meet?  40 dollars is not the issue...............supporting the cause is........

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« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2012, 05:42 PM »


Related question

What should the AKA do for its members.
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« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2012, 05:42 PM »

I support the kite builders.  Wink

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« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2012, 08:18 PM »

been a member since the late 70's the insurance used to protect me whenever I flew, not the case anymore, but now that I am part of the Southern Oregon Kite Festival (a Sanctioned event) it requires some AKA members to get the insurance. Even so, I look it as a no cost membership, because I write it off my taxes
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« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2012, 09:01 PM »

One particular bit of politicking sent me out the door.

Still support The Eastern League.

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« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2012, 10:14 PM »

What should the AKA do for its members.
Since each member _is_ the AKA, your question becomes what should members do for other members.
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« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2012, 10:32 PM »

Some people we know well have avidly recruited for the AKA.
Here is a quote about a couple you I'll recognize:
Christine Miller and Steve Hall of Chico California are long time kite enthusiasts, owners of Gone With the Wind Kites and hosts of the popular GWTW Kite Forum. Most weekends they can be found sharing their passion flying single line, dual line and quad line kites at Chico's Wildwood Park. For their efforts in recruiting members for the American Kitefliers Association (AKA) they were the recipients of the 2005 AKA Volunteers of the Year award.

Good people!
I guess I could follow their lead and make sure the word gets around.
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