I really start to wonder if CAP will have what it takes to see another 10 years,
let alone another 75.
Has our Society completely turned away from Service organizations, such as the Masonic Lodge?
Yes. Though to be fair, this writing was on the wall 15-20 years ago, let alone today. When I was growing up,
everyone was a Mason, an Elk, in the Rotary, Knights of Col, Boy Scouts, etc., and had been as a family for decades.
These organizations were a heavy presence in governments, schools, etc. Thanks to "advocates", these organizations
are all but eliminated from government and schools, are no longer generally discussed, and far off people's radar
(until they need something). Far too many people today think the "like" button contributes to society.
Pro tip: It doesn't, but it makes you feel good and then you can get back to X-Box, Tivo, and cat videos.
Full disclosure, my kids Scout troop has recently connected with the Lions Club as a sponsor, and
they look very attractive for my time, same goes for my town's local citizen's volunteer corps. Both organizations
would offer me significantly more direct involvement in real-world situations, including disasters, and
would do so for 99.99999999999999 less admin overhead or general ennui.
I've had and still have a pretty good CAP time, did some cool things, seen some stuff others never will, and
laughed harder then most, but at some point, after 17 years, how many more encampments can you run,
new people can you
drag kicking and screaming
sheppard, or SAREx's can you watch go sideways before you
decide "BTDT" and hang up the spurs?
Or are we our own worst enemy with political infighting and the cliques that seem to plague every Wing in the Nation?.
CAP has always been decidedly local, BITD, the general disconnectedness of the organization allowed people to
judge their experience based primarily on their own and unit successes. These days the illusion of information
makes people think they need to be concerned about things they will never experience, touch, or in any way be involved with.
If you participate on the stage, or at a wider scope, fair enough, many of us here do and thus have things to
but the average member at the average squadron ventures rarely away (which, frankly, is one of the issues).
Bottom line, your cup is either full or not. When it's full, you don't have time to be glancing around looking for problems,
when it's empty, it's easy to find fault with trivial matters or things which are normal in any dynamic volunteer organization.