From what I'm told, the current board is finding the NTA treasury in tatters and several times, protected funds garnered from Life Memberships have been raided. These were funds that provided interest income for many of the programs we supported as well as gave us a solid financial foundation for those hard times. Many of you don't realize that the NTA was living from hand to mouth because of such practices. Conventions certainly help, but it was the membership renewals that provided operating capital. Currently the NTA has ZERO paid employees. Not that it doesn't expect to pay some stipend to Joe Kulis for his efforts and facilities, but as for PAID employees, there are none. That can't go on forever. SOMEONE has to answer the phone and SOMEONE has to mail out information to members and SOMEONE has to possibly rebuild the entire records keeping system from the ground up. SOMEONE is going to have a lot of time invested in running the "day to day" operations of the NTA. So I'm just throwing this out, especially to you younger people who think you might hang around as long as us old farts, have you considered a Life Membership? Membership is $65 a year, but if you stay a member for 10 years, you'll have paid $25 more than a life membership and you STILL have to pay your dues next year. Sadly, with the economy the way it is, in 10 years, you'll probably have paid a helluva lot more than $625 anyway. The reason I say this is to entice some of you to invest where your dues can go into a REAL protected fund now and it can increase the size of the NTA investments through interest bearing accounts. The NTA president assured me just a few hours ago that those funds will again be treated as they were intended and will NOT be used for loans and bills for things we should have never bought to begin with.