I was another that didn't read the entire story. You covered your devotion to the field AND a good projection for what you wish the NTA to become - Most did not do the latter which is why I contributed my post to the thread. I like your couching of the sentence " I was asked to perform tasks to aid efforts directed toward a necessary but controversial change of management within an educationally focused association that has been floundering in peril for quite some time." Calling the NTA an educationally focused association is something most people would not do - but you are right, the focus should be education. Great essay, and I wish you well for your taxidermy future.