After going back and forth through the Spectators thread I began to realize a more important issue than the spectator issue. The issue is, without organizers and volunteers there is no rally point blank. Now when we lost the SCCA (for better or worse)we in a sense (not exaclty literal because many scca people still work rallys) we lost a huge pool of talented organizers, voluteers, and regional support networks. So how are we as a rally community planning for the future of events? Buffum is Maine forest rally, how long can we count on that? Kim Demotte is 100 acre wood but is there a plan for when Kim is gone? Mike Bodnar runs snodrift but he lives in Ohio and can we really expect him to run things forever? Now let me make this 100% completely clear, I am in no way shape or form critiquing the effort of these organizers I have just named. Nor should anyone infer or suggest that these aforementioned people no longer have the desire or motivation or skill to run the events they have been involved with. I am merely asking the question "who i going to take over when they are gone?". Maybe there is a plan that I am not privy to, maybe there are young organizers waiting in the wings but I am concerned. How do we insure the survival of regional events and nationals for that matter when they operate on a barely break even financial model that depends on healthy infusions of good will, good luck, and volunteer workers? As I mentioned in the other thread I looked at organizing a turn-key event (basically none of the organizational issues of a new event but rather I would only have to act as a care-taker) and I just could not get it to make sense financially. Can we honestly expect people to continue to donate their time and money just because they love the sport? I hope so but without some serious thinking and planning I am afraid that we are painting ourselves into a corner. SO I WILL ASK THE QUESTION WHAT IS THE CONTINGENCY PLAN FOR THE INEVITABLE?