Like it or not, Bikerdds, AMCA Judging is developing just fine. Spin it all you want. The first half is obviously over. Those that you report are hanging on the sidelines to see how the (judging) game develops have just made themselves spectators for the second half. Remember President Ronald Reagan and the illegal 1981 "PATCO" air-traffic controllers strike? They thought they were untouchable. He fired the bunch, and the nation's air transportation system survived.
I've been out there on the judging field with new, enthusiastic and knowledgeable judges, and plenty of long-time hands. I'll tell you that nothing happens overnight, but those mired in the past are just being left behind. Time marches on, ya know. I don't have any worries about the future of AMCA judging. And your tired complaints about the specific rule-changes ar just that. There are avenues to propose refinements; try working within the system as it is. As much as you might hope, judging hasn't "failed." It's alive and thriving, with both old and new blood. And no one with a whit of dedication got "booted."
Kevin Valentine quit when he walked out of the 2010 AMCA Board meeting in Eustis that night last year. I don't care how tired everyone was, he voted with his feet. Tempers flared in the hallway, as was reported in detail, but Kevin was certainly the more mature man, showed some spine, and kept working within the leadership of the club, in this forum, for the rest of the year.
Robin Markey OTOH, resigned at the end of Bike Week last year, rather than cooperate with the new judging (as a real grownup would). He reported and reported the circumstances for all of us to know intimately, ad nauseum, right here in the Judging Forum, Bikerdds.
I don't relish dragging all of this crap up again, but Robin took thousands of words to describe what went on. You didn't have to "be there," to hear the voice of someone in over his head and drowning in self pity. And, sure, this boiling down by me of the essence is out-of-context, but the pared context is a pained, rambling, obviously immature discourse that runs to pages and pages, and I can't do it any other way:
Here: http://www.antiquemotorcycle.org/bbo...stile-TakeoverOriginally Posted by Robin-M
He couldn't be in charge, so he quit. That, to me, and I think to most lucid people, amounts to a "snit." Spin it all you want, bikerdds. As I told Robin then, in this forum: Rocky is the President, the decision to change the Judging rules has been made, and you salute and carry out the orders of those placed in office over you in the hierarchy or get the H. out of the way. Robin appears to have had other ideas, trying to foment all the dissent/disharmony within the club that he could muster. That's not maturity, and the AMCA leadership, and most of the membership, was not impressed.
I feel for Robin, he tried as hard as he could, but he took all the wrong actions, because he based his actions not on what already was, but on what he thought he could do to up end the decisions that had already been made that he didn't agree with, and because "they didn't put him in charge." If someone with that attitude was an employee of mine, he'd be unemployed. How about you, bikerdds?
Now, tell me again about who's been been gulping at the Kool-aid trough, denying reality.