10 Reasons to Burn Your Art Group Membership Card

After years of encouraging artists to join artist organizations, I’m going to commit blasphemy with this post, which is somewhat of a follow-up to my post on poisonous relationships.

I love groups that function smoothly, but many people start an artist organization without much of a vision. They want to have control without thinking about what is best for members and without first trying to improve existing organizations.

Fire

There are a lot of “organizations” around that are disorganized and, therefore, dysfunctional.

As a guest speaker, I have witnessed organizations that are well run and those that are poorly run.

The best organizations – those that do the most good for their members – have paid staff that run daily operations. I’m thinking of organizations like the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition and the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists.

I’m begging you to burn your membership card in organizations where:

  1. You are always the leader and are not learning or growing.
  2. Other members aren’t pulling their weight.
  3. Other members don’t understand the value of professionalism.
  4. Other members are negative, whiny, or excuse-makers.
  5. Members aren’t supporting one another.
  6. Meetings seem like a waste of time.
  7. The organization doesn’t fulfill its obligations to members.
  8. The organization is disconnected from the larger community – locally or nationally.
  9. The organization doesn’t follow its own guidelines.
  10. The organization can’t function without you.

Do a gut check. If you feel deflated, frustrated, or icky when you leave your group meeting, burn your card.

Your primary responsibility is to yourself. If that sounds selfish, good! Because you can’t take care of others until you take care of yourself.

If you aren’t healthy physically, emotionally, and financially, you won’t be at your best for helping others.

Go ahead. Burn the card. Say, “Alyson made me do it.”

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61 comments to 10 Reasons to Burn Your Art Group Membership Card

  • Just to be clear, it is important to sample many different types of peanut butter in order to know that you truly prefer crunchy with less salt…In your artist path, show with all sorts of different people & jungles & get to collaborate with many different species of curator…The arts org is one such jungle, or playground…Truth is, most environments get boring after a while if you are a nomad, which many are…One can get stuck even in El Dorado…
    I like the shark principle, keep moving or die…It keeps it fresh…

  • Thank you. I needed that.

  • Thanks Alyson, this has been on my mind and as usual you make a post about what I am thinking about! I have had poor experiences with two nearby arts organizations that have ticked off numerous qualities on your “burn it if” list which is why I left them years ago.

    I have developed a bit of a belief that artists art NOT the ones to hang out with for growing my business. I know that this is not true since I am Gold member and am so happy to be working with other forwarding artists, alas, my conundrum.

    My nose is to the ground looking for ways to be out there in the art world locally where there are professional artists doing the work. Largely, I see hobbyists and artists who are opposed to or for various reasons, do not seek to earn money. I am not against hobbyists because I believe art IS for everyone, but I have different goals than they do. The artists who are opposed to earning money for their work hurt my soul.

  • One more for your list:

    11. Members are not treated equally in terms of exhibition spaces and opportunity.

    12. The organization is a vanity gallery in disguise.

    13. There are few benefits to you as an artist for belonging, but many benefits for the organization that you belong as an artist (i.e. expected donations, volunteered teaching of workshops, etc.).

    Sometimes, I am asked why I do not belong to the arts organizations in my area. All you reasons are truth.

    To Susan:
    I agree with you that ” The artists who are opposed to earning money for their work hurt my soul.” It also hurts when those same artists feel that donating their art work is a huge value to any artist. [Search Alyson’s blog posts about donating to charities.]

  • Most organisations are modelled on the spider and her web. You are drawn in and you get desiccated then your empty husk is spat out….

    Meanwhile they are after your money for their needs and your art for their needs.

    And despite my age most of those groups seem very fossilised!

    I now save a lot of money and use the freed-up time to paint.

    PS it’s a new web address

  • Alyson, I admire you for taking a stand. Artists out up with a lot of negative experiences because they think they’re supposed to… For some reason. I belong to a local art organization years ago, and it was helpful, but eventually the leadership became controlling and “whiny”, like you say.

    These days, I’m looking at my art related choices while anticipating and measuring my return on investment. Not just in terms of potential income, but in terms of time. Art and craft development takes a ton of time. I no longer can afford to spend time in groups where there is no growth or real opportunity for members.

    Thankfully there are great art organizations out there… Places for artists to make friends and participate in new opprtunities. However, many times they are run by folks who have nothing else of importance in their lives, and the leadership then has the potential to control and dominate with arrogance. Organization leaders need to think of themselves as service people, not aristocracy.

  • Cheryl

    THANK YOU. i thought it was just me… I hate the energy suck and find that the most helpful and wonderful associations are the ones that come naturally and evolve over time. As a retired professional educator and administrator, I paint and want to get better at it, marketing and putting myself in the category of a pro is not my game plan- sorry for hurting anyone’s soul. If I sell something that is great but its not my reason for doing what I do right now. I find Art Biz coach insightful and full of truth. thanks.

    • Hi Cheryl,

      It seems I was not clear in my post. I hope all people will take time to create art in some form AND therefore consider themselves an artist! It sounds like you are choosing to not be a professional with your artwork. My point is that it is time for artists who wish to be professionals forgo the “starving artist” motto for: “I receive back the energy I put into the world.” And in this case, the energy would be money.

      It does bother me that so many artists I know who wish to work full time as an artist have devalued their work to the point that they say: “I don’t care if I make any money on this” and then work as waiters, toilet cleaners and teachers.

      I hope all professional artists can be supported with financial income to forward, develop and better their work. If so, we will live in a better world!

      I am so glad that Alyson is here to support all artists and help the ones who wish to earn a living at it do so.

  • Alyson, This is Excellent advice! It’s one of the reasons I needed to move out of the Artist’s Loft Co-op situation after many years. It was a great building with live/work space, but only had a few professional artists. This made for long meetings where most folks were there to complain. I could steer clear of the drama and go about my work. I don’t miss the committee meetings. My gut check for joining anything now is: ‘Is this a good use of my time? Usually NOT.

  • I will have to post the dissenting opinion here and say that I would not be where I am today without the Watercolor Society of Oregon. Although I do not always agree or share goals with every artist I meet at our semi-annual meetings, I can list many ways that the organization has helped me grow, and continues to help me.

    1. Education from nationally recognized instructors
    2. An opportunity to showcase my work all over our state
    3. Friends and mentors whom I trust to critique my work
    4. WSO Leadership has provided me with many ways to increase my business skills. I now know how to use mail merge, and spreadsheets!
    5. Public speaking opportunities
    6. National Networking opportunities through the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies
    7. Teaching opportunities, getting my feet wet as an instructor
    8. Creative Inspiration from fellow artists
    9. Camaraderie
    10. Deadlines to keep up with!
    11. Trade Shows
    12. Trend watches for new materials and techniques
    13. Education about professional standards, gallery etiquette, marketing, and framing
    14. Exposure to professional artists from out-of-state
    15. Last, but certainly not least, a wonderful introduction to Alyson Stanfield!

    I believe that our group does think of itself as a service organization, built for education and appreciation of the arts. This is why I continue to volunteer, and the benefits I’ve received from volunteering far out-weigh the time I’ve put in over the past 15 or more years. I still have time to produce my art, sell in galleries, show in art fairs, raise my family and contribute to society in other ways. I am not “fossilized’, and I continue to network far and wide outside of my art group.

    I am not opposed to earning money from my artwork, and I think of it as my business. I hope I can continue to give back to a Professional Organization that has given me so much! As one who often is asked to recruit volunteers, I would hope that this post might also draw a few comments from those who do see the value of contributing energy towards arts groups. Just like our political parties, many are happy to complain about them, few are willing to support them or work to make them successful.

    • Ruth…So “getting my feet wet as an instructor”? As a watercolour artist, I am guessing that might be literal…(sorry, been up since 5 am working, am I going a little nutty to find that funny?)

    • Woo hoo! You hit the nail on the head. Apparently Nancy and Miriam misread my post. I am not against artist organizations. I LOVE the ones that work for their members. I am only against those that are dysfunctional.

      I’m so happy that you have found an organization that supports you in your work.

      • Hi Alyson,
        My response was just to emphasize that good arts organizations do exist, not to dispute that poor ones are out there too. And I know from reading your blog & seeing you speak that you support many worthwhile organizations. My point is that by being a leader, one can also change the current culture of a poor arts organization. At least that has been my experience, and one that has taught me many valuable lessons in professionalism.

  • I agree with you Alyson. I have dropped my membership with several art orgs which were expensive, made $ from dues in order to pay for shows in which the same members are featured and show no additional benefits for the general members. I had to ask myself why I was in such groups. It seems that galleries and collectors don’t really care about them either.

  • Nancy

    This Art Biz Blog is a very thinly veiled attempt by whoever wrote it to make cash. They recommend 2 organizations and say that the best ones are those that hire “paid professionals.” My guess is that the author of this article is a “paid professional” in one of these 2 “great” organizations that s/he is recommending. If they actually had a decent product, they would not need to denigrate all other art groups. I doubt if this comment will be published, but it needs to be said.

    • Boo…You know not of who you speak…I am throwing your mean spirited words into the metaphorical fire & am listening to them burn with crispiness…You are speaking of a truly honourable soul who works with a group of folk who are thankful…This blog is free to view I may add, which is important because most of this advice can only be squeezed out of others with a credit card exchange…I might add there is nothing wrong with someone in the arts earning a living…Put your nose to the grindstone instead of up in the air-you might learn something…

    • Miriam

      Nanci,

      Could not agree more. Unfortunately, could not “like” your post. Apparently, there is a control mechanism that allows only certain posts to be “liked.”

    • Nancy and Miriam: I am sorry this post was misread as an attack on all artist organizations.

      My name is clearly published at the top of the page and in the About section.

      I wish you would have had the courage to use your names and to be transparent that you belong to the same organization.

      Whatever you think of me, I truly am happy that you have an organization that supports your goals. Many artists aren’t that lucky, as you can tell from the comments.

    • Jacques

      Dear Nancy;

      There is no veil. Alyson wants to make money,so do we all. As an excellent critic of people and a deeply valued person myself, if Alyson was any kind of charlatan I would be the first to know and a harsh critic. She has openly endorsed many fine people and continually makes free suggestions and recommendations. Like many of us she prefers recompense for valuable advice; Shakespeare said “be a good consultant and the word will beat a path to your door”, which is essentially what is going on. I a not sure what is bothering you, but I am sure that you have blamed the wrong person.

    • Nancy, I have been following this blog for a few years and there is no veil of deceit here! It is however, a paradigm shift in thinking for creative professionals.

    • Nancy,
      Your response does not accurately depict the author of the post. Alyson is offering free advice to artists who are interested in hearing a professional in the arts business who has heaps of experience and who gracefully and candidly bridges the left brain right brain gap for many of us.

      Because Alyson does such a fantastic job supporting artists who want to move forward and grow, many of us actually do pay her money for her advice and support through her varied services. This is money well spent as I watch my business grow from taking her advice and implementing systems that she advocates.

      None of Alyson’s posts are designed to be “liked” all are designed to evoke conversation and support art.

    • Nancy wrote:
      This Art Biz Blog is a very thinly veiled attempt by whoever wrote it to make cash. They recommend 2 organizations and say that the best ones are those that hire “paid professionals.” My guess is that the author of this article is a “paid professional” in one of these 2 “great” organizations that s/he is recommending. If they actually had a decent product, they would not need to denigrate all other art groups. I doubt if this comment will be published, but it needs to be said.

      My replies to Nancy (et.al.):
      Nancy, obviously you are new to ArtBizCoach.com. If you knew how inaccurate your comments are, you would delete them if possible. Notice that your comments were published and are being discussed.

      1. Alyson actually GIVES AWAY information and advice with NO STRINGS. I am one of the last people on the planet to give away my hard earned money and Alyson DOES NOT ask for it. Yes, she makes a living with related products. And? When you pay for something Alyson provides, you ALWAYS get more than you paid. She is an entrepreneur. She gives more value than she receives in product purchases.

      2. The organizations mentioned are examples. There are a bunches of great organizations out there. These are just two. They didn’t pay to be mentioned. Alyson doesn’t even live in the same state to benefit from anything related to either organization. Also, why would two states even pay her to advertise? They won’t serve the other 48 states…so why?

      3. Alyson did NOT “dinigrate” any organization. She gave guidance on how to decide if an organization is still a good fit for you. The advice can apply to almost any type of organization, from artistic to sports related. The only specifically named organizations were the two mentioned as GOOD examples of well-operated groups.

      Nancy, feel free to browse Alyson’s pages. Feel free to find her podcasts on iTunes (oldies but goldies and FREE). Good luck with you endeavors.

    • Nancy, the fact that you said “whoever wrote it” is telling on you that you are speaking from a surface that is completely misinformed. This is the first unkind comment I have EVER seen on Alyson’s blog. You see, we actually care about her because she cares about us and our careers. I have benefited by the vast amounts of free information she shares, and by the classes I have gladly paid for. This is one art group I am committed to.

    • The comments made by Nancy struck me as someone who doesn’t have any idea about what Alyson does…and also did not read the information wisely. There wasn’t any slams or slights on any particular organization and the ones mentioned were merely examples. I hope that in the future Nancy is more careful in her thoughts and comments and that she researches what Alyson is really about.

    • And we are all so grateful that we can contribute financially to Alyson’s very important work for the artist community, Nancy. We who follow her incredibly sage advice, and read and re-read her very important book, “I’d rather be in the studio”, are very happy to keep her racing around the country to do her workshops and bring her hopeful and helpful soul to bear on all who need a hug or a pat on the back. She take the struggle out of the equation with her ever growing wisdom. She earns every penny she makes from this endeavor. She undercharges for nearly every service and product she has if truth be known. Especially as measured against the huge volume of information she shares for free.

      Please, I implore you and Miriam to randomly click around this blog and discover a world of significant and important FREELY shared advice. You can make a nice home here. We are all dedicated to helping each other become better on a myriad of issues. And that can include both of you, too. We know how hard it is to trust and how easy it is to assume there is a gotcha moment on it’s way with the internet these days.

      But not here. No gotcha. Only a loving and lovely women named Alyson, who deeply cares about helping artists.

      AND btw Alyson. You have done it again. Thanks for backing up my opinion about the vast majority of art orgs. If they are helpful at all, it is for the very newly identified person who needs that sense of family, but like any family – it can be very dysfunctional and sadly immune to seeing the forest for all the dead standing trees that need felling to bring light back into the meadows.

    • luise h.

      Wow Nancy, do you ever have it wrong! I find this Blog extremely helpful and find myself sharing information from it all the time with my Artist Friends.I have benefitted myself from a lot of the FREE information that Alyson so generously shares with all of us.
      Thank you Alyson, you have made a difference in how I promote my Glass Art.

  • I gave up all national art group memberships about 10 years ago. It did not hurt my career at all, and it saved me money to use for marketing.
    Love,
    Linda

  • Wow! Did this ever generate a lot of varied response, clearly a hot-button topic.
    It does seem as if Ruth managed to describe – despite her saying that she disagreed – a perfectly wonderful organization and one that fills the bill. And I’ll second Sari’s kudos for Alyson’s work.
    Three years ago I moved to a new area that is right on the edge of the coverage of four different art groups. I joined them all so that I could see how they worked. I’m now a member of only two of them as it became apparent in about a year and a half that all the other two wanted was my membership fee. Two is plenty. Two is good.

    • Absolutely… And I’m not suggesting that every arts organization fits the bill for every artist. But just that there are some very good ones out there, they aren’t all amateurs just because they utilize volunteers, and volunteering can be a great way to learn skills that will serve every professional artist. Some of the most well respected professional artists I know have volunteered at one point in their careers.

  • sometimes it is just a case of ‘the coat doesn’t fit anymore’. i am on the committee and i keep missing meetings even though I mean to go. I organise the twice yearly workshops with good artists and no one wants to go (including me). The committee are really nice people who work hard but I think I have run my course on this.

  • Hi Alyson,

    While I agree that “Beating a dead horse” is not the right thing to do and that there is a time to jump ship from organizations that are not beneficial (have done this many times myself). It needs to be clear that people do best when they “network” in groups and that if they are looking for the “perfect” one they will likely never find it. My advice is to get out there and give the groups a fair chance to prove themselves. If they prove to be the wrong one find another and start the process over. The old saying “You have to kiss a lot of Frogs before you find the Prince” comes to mind. All the best, Dean Cameron

    • Dean: Absolutely! You MUST network. I write about that in many other posts and in my book. I guess I should have put it in here, too.

      One topic at a time. ;)

      You’re right about kissing the frogs. I’ve done it myself with business groups.

  • Good timing for this advice. I’m thinking of leaving an organization, and it hit a couple of your points, and a couple of other mentioned in the comments. It’s not an easy decision. I’ve left two other groups (one of which I started) for several of these reasons.

    But it comes down to this: I only have so much time, energy, and money left in my life. And I want to devote them to things that make me better, not madder.

    Thanks for the (unsolicited,unpersonalized) advice!

  • Dear Nancy,
    You have totally misread Alyson. She is not talking about the organizations that do work. Nothing can be fixed if we are afraid to face the truth, which Alyson does so eloquently in this post. I have to say that Alyson’s credibility has been extremely high in my book. She is always looking out for the artist’s best interest. I can see you haven’t been following her much, or you would have never replied in that manner. She has devoted many long hours to provide tools, and information that cannot be found anywhere else.

  • This post by Alyson has garnered so much response! Every organization has it’s imperfections – some are run very efficiently and with great results, benefiting everyone. Others are indeed toxic; serving the egos of people who need to be fueled by (alleged) power.

    Regardless, there is no reason whatsoever to attack Alyson for her views. Alyson is certainly someone who possesses a high level of integrity and offers both fabulous advice for free as well as for pay. And why should she not be paid? We, as artists, expect to be compensated for our work – and yes, what Alyson does is work; she works for her clients and helps us produce things we could not have without her. Artists complain when people don’t value our work. I suppose value is in the eye of the beholder.

    So, if you don’t like what Alyson does, don’t read her writings or partake of her vast knowledge. Simple.

  • Nancy and Miriam,

    I’m not sure who you are because I can’t click on your names and see your website. I guess you must be new to this blog because as you can probably see… everyone here posts their opinions (whether they agree or not) but also shows their name. Alyson is a kind and helpful person. She is here to help artists. She is knowledgeable, and knows what she is talking about. My art business would not be where it is right now if it wasn’t for her.

    I belong to 4 art groups and agree so much with what Alyson is saying. I have not gotten anything back from 3 of the groups. So, after reading this post today I opened up my eyes and asked myself why I am giving money to the 3 groups which do not give me any benefits. I am grateful for this post. I am not going to renew my membership with those 3 groups and save myself some money.

    It might be a good idea to get the information of who you are talking about before criticizing. We don’t all have to agree with everything, but making assumptions about someone you don’t know anything about is not cool.

    I am grateful for everything I have learned from Alyson. Maybe you should stick around and see all that you can learn.

  • Just to continue the support for Alyson… I happily paid for her book “I’d Rather Be In the Studio,” and use the lessons from it every day in my business. I wouldn’t have gotten any advice as valuable as hers had I continued to endure the pessimistic whining and complaining from various groups I had belonged to over my 20 year career. There is so much negativity in these groups across a wide geographic region that I imagine contributes to the ending of many promising careers. Who can find inspiration and support in a toxic environment?

    Alyson gives so much free advice in her daily blog posts that it may actually prevent her from making more money!! Artbizblog is one of the best, if not the best, resource for developing a sustainable business practice as an artist.

    Thank you Alyson! You rock!! And I hope you are around for a long time. And really, I believe that’s what she wants for artists too. That we endure.

  • The great thing about blogs is that when someone posts an innacurrate negative comment, many times the author never really needs to defend the original point because those who loyally follow and admire the author, defend her. This is a case in point.

    Where the intent of a negative comment Is to discredit the author, the response from the majority ends up validating and supporting the blog writer. I hope you come away from this post encouraged Alyson. Your example has always been to give and freely inform. It took guts for you to write about the topic of art organizations…. You went out on a limb, and that can hardly be considered as a self-serving action. I’m so glad you did!

  • Alyson, so glad to read your post. It was fresh, wise advice. I’m going through the same thing myself but more drastically — I’m even leaving the organizations that function well! Even though I’m a full-time artist, there aren’t enough hours in the day to go as deep as I want to go with my practice.

  • Team Alyson!! I’ve been a 10yr+ active member of an arts organization and have supported it not only with membership dues but with countless volunteer hours. For me, Alyson’s post was incredibly timely. I think my growth as an artist has skyrocketed since stepping away from this org and trying to surround myself with folks that believe making money as an artist in not an impossible dream. Every group is different. I joined a brand new group recently that requires a juried entrance and the members are very driven, and now I can see the difference in organizations. The 1st group is what it is– for hobbyists and artists early on in their careers, which is fine–or perhaps the group has just run its course? But right now in my career and limited time, I want to spend my time and money in the 2nd group of more serious artists. Allyson’s post today just affirmed my belief that I can, indeed, cut org 1 loose.

  • This was wonderful advice I wish I had read years ago. I wasted so much time trying to help and support other artists in groups that were negative, competitive, destructive and whiny. I am a better artist and have found my own true voice now that I have “burned those cards” and quieted those destructive voices. Thank you for validating my gut feeling about leaving those organizations behind.

  • While we are all still here…In Canada many arts orgs run under non-profit umbrellas because they get massive breaks on rent & overhead expenses as well as grants & straight gov’t gives, as well as income payments for the paid employees…So money comes in just directly from the gov’t…Now Canada is also distinct in requiring that any “No-SALE” show renumerate the artists participating according to a very specific fee structure based on many factors laid out in the yearly publication…You might get a $200 stipend for participating in a little show or $2K for a bigger one…Paid upfront to the artist, no strings…Ok, so arts orgs know the rule/law/ethic…So what they do is call it a “Sale” show…Say it’s a juried show for members, cards get put on the wall with a price…The whole thing will “look” like a sale show…But if you participate, you find out that in order to buy a work, it is a workaround back to the head office, there is no one at a cash register on site, sales do not happen, everyone takes their work home at the end of the show…A few awards are given out if you are lucky enough to please a biased judge…Many go home thinking well nothing sold because their work wasn’t good enough to sell…But if you watch you will notice, nothing EVER sells at these shows…The only reason for the wall cards is to get around the Carfac fees…By sticking a card with a price on the wall they save thousands that are supposed to be paid out…These are all “no sale ” shows in disguise…I understand it is different in the States, but I am sure many of the arts orgs are not interested in selling the work…Artists are giving without getting any monetary reward for their works…Of course arts orgs are great places to cut your teeth, or to fall back on when you need some friends, & more…But be aware that you may end up on Tobacco Road so to speak…or not…It does depend as Ruth so aptly explained…Just showing a a dark side…

  • So full of love for everyone here. Thank you for understanding my heart.

    I think most of us are on the same page: Organizations are wonderful if they serve their purpose.

  • I took your advice when you last dealt with this topic, Alyson. It’s good to hear it again! I quit a sculpture organization I helped create. Still have bouts of guilt that I should be supportive. It’s awkward but not as bad as feeling resentful and drained that 5 or 6 people are doing the work for 150+ sculptors who are all too busy to help do the work. Now I use the energy that would have been sucked up in my own studio and office work. Feels good.

  • Thank you, Alyson, for reinforcing what I’ve experienced with arts organizations over the years. It was good to hear your plainly stated reasons for being cautious. There will always be pulls on an artist’s energy and time that need to be filtered out. You’ve given us all an excellent tool in that endeavor.

    Thank you also for your generosity – your committment to helping artists is unparalleled.

  • Hello,

    I am an artist and a college art teacher. After many years of being in art organizations, I have observed something that continually irritates me: These organizations tend to breed favorite styles and self-perpetuate favored members. For some reason , this is particularly apparent in watercolor organizations. In order to move up the ladder, that is ,winning awards, and moving onto the national shows, you need to paint in the prescribed styles to get anywhere. So everyone starts painting like everyone else.

    They hire popular artists who work in the favored styles to jury shows and teach workshops. These instructors become the “rock stars” of the watercolor world. These same artists do the rounds throughout the watercolor societies and promote their same styles. Artists entering shows had better fit the mold or face rejection. Student’s of these rock star’s rise to the top much faster than the average artist.

    Gee wiz, does this sound like the French Academy all over again? Being involved in art organizations can have some great benefits from exposure to socializing. But artists need to be aware of the dangers of inbreeding art styles and have enough conviction in their own work and direction before entering the lions den.

  • AnnaMaria windisch-Hunt

    Thank you for posting this. It made me think that perhaps I have not given the local art org just due. Having run an a success org my expectation when I relocated were high. My participation here so so. Now that you brought up these points I’ m going to call and ask what can I do . Thanks so much

  • Leslie Love

    I remember one meeting where a group spent quite a bit of time discussing whether or not you should sign your work. I have not found the local groups to be that useful. I am sure many are helpful but some of it just seemed like nonsense.

  • Alyson,
    Some how I missed this when it was first posted but, thankfully, it was just shared by FASO. There is so much I want to say but will leave it at “BRAVA”!!!
    Keep up the good work!
    Gaye

  • FINALLY!! Somebody actually says it! So few organizations are worthy of the name.

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