This is a little long but please read it all the way through and I hope no one is pissed when they are finished.
I too have made a contribution to the cause, to keep www.3Si.org
afloat. And hopefully I am not off base on this one. This will also test how open this board really is, can we question the powder that be? Sorry this is kind of long, but no one is asking. This runs along the same lines as what happened to all the money raised for the 9/11 tragedy.
First I have a suggestion instead of everyone posting here "oh I gave here and I gave there" why don't we just set up a contributor thread accessible only by Eric B and have him just post the names of the folks who he has received contributions from there.
Seems to me it would save a lot of disc space and band width by doing it that way and then people would know you received their payment.
And now the question (second shoe dropped): At the ECG, this last year, I think it was number 7, I've gone to so many I am starting to lose count, Eric Bowden got up and said how 3Si was in good financial shape and that we were thinking about providing money to anyone putting on a Gathering and a few other thing that we might finance. Just wondering how did we go from being real good to where Eric Lotter has to spend his own money, out of you pocket, to keep everything running.
I know that we collected one dollar per person that went to 3Si.org at the dinner that night of OCG7, (at the Embers) and no one seemed to mind. Plus it made make change a lot easier can you imagine howmany ones we'd need so to go from $29 to $30 made things much easier. We had over 150 people in attendance. We also collected $10 per car at the show and only had a trophy for first place winners (but we did have some very nice give a-ways, some were donated) and we had over 100 cars in attendance. But yet a much smaller show like the one in PA, PA Gathering had a trophies for 1st - 3rd, did here anyone say they lost money or what happened to the profits. Again I don't know how the organizer did financially on either one but after hearing Eric B speak at this last OCG Gathering, just makes one wonder what happened from then to now. We no longer host pics, not even just signature pics. And did any of 3Si money go to support any gathering this year?
Now I realize this might not be taken well, the questioning of what happened to the money but since you guys are asking for money I think we should get a little accountability for our contributions.
And yes for those who care I have worked as an Auditor and currently work as an Accountant, and I am sure we aren't getting ripped but we are getting to the point that now we are dealing with a fairly large amount of cash, here folks. If you don't think so just start to add up what everyone said they contributed, and not to even getting into the merchandise or membership sales. And I world not even be asking but to go from where we (3Si.org) were willing to finance Gatherings to "help were going down the tubes" from May to Nov of the same year, should create just a little concern. Maybe it's just me, I hope not, as everyone can see I've been a member from the start, see my 3Si number 62. And I do really love 3Si.org not a day goes by that I don't check in on what's going on. You guys that run this site please don't be pissed, I do think you guys are doing a great job and you are all are my friends, but I also think that if everyone could see what is happening financially then you would get more contributors.
I mean you see 3Si black hole written about, when some one sends money, this is not good and conveys maybe a little shady things are going on. I just think if the accounting is a little more open you won't have to ask anyone for money, maybe.
Hope I didn't loose any friends just think this need to said to help contributions and not cast undeserived suspicions.
(No my car doesn't look like the little red "x", it's not even red. Can I get my "x" to match my car?)