So I’m curious to hear people’s opinions about USE President Murray Kessler’s letter announcing an increase in participating member fee for 2018. If you haven’t already seen it, you can read the short version here on the Chronicle and the full letter here.
The price increase is from $55 to $80, but now also includes a rolling membership year, where you get a whole year of membership regardless of the date you renew/join.
Personally, I’m mildly annoyed but at the same time mollified by getting a full year of membership, regardless of when I renew. I didn’t renew this year until May, since I was planning on showing at an A show with Rio in June. My plans changed when he got the spider bite, and now I probably won’t make it to an A show until September or October. It would be nice if I could do the winter shows and the spring shows before needing to renew again. For someone who hasn’t been showing at rated show consistently, that’s a pretty big perk IMO. I supposed it’s worth the extra $25.
I mean, it’s still annoying, but really- what is $25 in the grand scheme of competing at rated shows? What say you fellow bloggers?