PFG, Picture Framing God
I think that perhaps older members probably appreciate the value of PPFA more and are more willing to contribute. The ones that contribute most (from what I've been reading here) are those that are established in the framing world in more ways than one.I don't understand. Would you elaborate? Why should newer members resent paying and volunteering any more than the older members do? Are you saying framers are different now?
When I join an organization as a newbie (unless its for a non-profit), I consider what I will get out of it more than more than what I put into it. Perhaps that's a little selfish, but I don't think I'm unlike the majority. (And honestly, if we had a local chapter that was active and within a reasonable distance I would both join and volunteer.) It's only normal to become more active in something the longer you're involved or the longer you've been in the industry.
Likewise, it isn't necessarily "as normal" for a new member (of anything) to volunteer. If nothing else, they probably feel like they should get their footing first. It's not a resentment thing. It's a tenure or experience thing in most clubs...and they're still wanting to feel more benefit than sacrifice.
I could be wrong...but how many (new member) 20-year experienced framers is PPFA reeling in? Those would be the people I would expect to have more to contribute than someone who just cracked the wrapper off his first pack of mat samples.
The last thing I would have to add (because I'm on the outside and I don't know) is that it would be helpful to list those items that are normal for a volunteer to handle within the local chapters of the PPFA. It would give me a better idea if its something I think someone new to PPFA could handle. If its daunting, perhaps they would resent it....but for now I really have no idea.