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Mon Jun 29 09:00:00 EDT 2015

Very to the point , Lon. Thanks for the breath of fresh air. 
Mark Durham
Hauser Idaho

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>Good Lord people - How long does this have to go on?
>A car didn't get the classification someone thought it should and that 
>is "proof" of why Corsa is dying.. Some people are so upset about it (so 
>they say) they'll even drop their membership.
>It really makes me wonder if Corsa's future really depends on the 
>membership of people that think that way.
>Would you like to know how long the "Corsa is dying" mantra has been 
>going on? Well coincidentally ever since the internet became popular. 
>Every time someone had a complaint (legitimate or otherwise) or got 
>their feelings hurt (usually at a National convention)  the wise sages 
>all opine -" this is what's killing Corsa.".
>Every time a new sparkplug joined the board and didn't get his/her own 
>way - well, "That's what killing Corsa". The fact that without consensus 
>you can't get what you want no matter how right you think you are.  Rule 
>#1 in politics is you have to know how to count. "They" are killing 
>Corsa because "they" want to keep doing things the same old way?  Who 
>exactly are "they"? I spent 3 years on the board myself and I didn't see 
>anything any different than with any other internal political body.  
>"They" are your fellow Corvair owners who may or may not agree with what 
>you want to do.
>Well, it turns out to be a very slow death., apparently, as Corsa is 
>still around, still has numerous successful conventions (including the 
>Nationals) and, despite the internet age hasn't lost a giant part of 
>their membership.
>But Lon, membership has been steadily declining - for the past 20 years. 
>Yup - a sign of the modern age where the internet tells us the big lie 
>that everything should be free. It's why swap meets, conventions and 
>more traditional means of "getting together" are slowly dying. The 
>internet age has killed magazine advertising and a lot of the printed 
>word.  Let's also not forget the average age of our membership - are we 
>supposed to believe that, if we just did the job right,  there's a whole 
>massive number of young Corvair lovers out there that we could get to join?
>In the 90's my company had a customer list of over 80,000 yet Corsa's 
>membership was under 7,000. This was in a time when there was no other 
>competition for Corvair owners - The fact is most people are not club 
>joiners. That's radically more true today.
>The honest truth is Corsa has been doing an amazing job maintaining it's 
>membership as well as it has. I understand Harry and Mike are retiring. 
>To all those who believe that getting rid of them is the answer, well , 
>we'll see now won't we.
>But I'm a realist. The people who use every little personal 
>inconvenience or slight as an excuse to "prove" "that's why Corsa is 
>dying" are not going to away.  The internet gives every person a giant 
>megaphone to use or misuse however they want. Ain't it just great?
>So I'll ask - are you going to help prolong Corsa's life by supporting 
>it - or take the easy "internet" way and just snipe at it until it 
>really is dead?
>Lon Wall
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