I have noticed this trend starting to develop again after 10 years of very good support. I have already dumped several locations for 2016 because of this. Some areas we do not doesn't have a single referee, no spotter/loaders offer to help in any way and the attitude generally sucks in these areas. If you are lucky enough to have us show up in your area to do a meet for you so you don't have to drive 200-400 miles for a meet. Your options are to lift with a building full of drug addicts and have your new meet be conducted by a bunch of a-holes. I highly suggest you take a look at the last meet you attended and evaluate yourself.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to evaluate your net worth as a meet supporter:
Did you help or offer to help in any way?
Did you arrive late and leave early without helping or offer to help with anything?
Did you grab your award and leave as fast as you could? Not even a thank you to the judges, loaders/spotters, etc?
Do you expect others to do everything for you so you can have a great day of lifting and then leave?
Is your version of "helping out" mean standing around shooting the sh*t with everyone else while others were working?
Under no circumstances is anyone "required" to work after or before a meet. The same goes for opening doors for others, assisting people in need, stopping to see if others need help, donating to the poor, etc... These are human character traits. It speaks volumes about your personality, your up bringing and who you are as a person.
What is real funny to me is that those who do the absolute least for others and NASA are also the ones who are constantly asking me to help them in some way. This tread is ending.
Like I have always said in the past, you get as much out of this as you put into it. I highly suggest those who are guilty of this crap do a quick self examination because I am sure you are doing the same to your wives, kids, friends and neighbors and don't think they aren't watching you. Unlike me, most will never say anything to you they'll just dump you or write you off as what you are.
OK, I know there are people I have offended by making this post. This is OK, I am an old dog so I have been doing this a long time. If you want to leave, then leave, no problem. All I ask is don't let the door hit you in the ass. You see, those of you who never do anything for others are never missed, by anyone, ever. (see net worth)
If you love your meets and want to see them thrive and continue then simply show it. You do not have to lift in our meets. It's a free country but please remember we do not have to come back because, again, it's a free country. We have a list of over 25 cities and towns where we have strong groups and teams who want us at their place and will help us do our meets for them. Consider this fair warning for some locations we now visit. Some have already been removed and we won't be back for 3-7 years, if ever.
If you have a meet in your area, take care of it, it's YOUR meet and in a way it's your responsibility to make it a successful meet. It will be you who pays the price when we leave. It takes local support to make ANY meet a success done by any organization.