I'm not the only ex club president/board member that wants nothing to do with their old club anymore. PAS had a similar situation recently. In fact, SJAA has a rich history of that occurring - at least 3 of the 4 last club presidents left the club! (*Edit: Its 4 of the last 5 prior to the new one, want nothing to do with it). It all has to do with politics, which is why I left. Once that begins, I have zero interest, its supposed to be fun, not bs.
Clubs do some good things, I do enjoy the high level of speakers the SFAA gets. As I said, I may join to support that. But I'm not going to go to their dark sky star parties, which are on Mount Tam. Sky is too bright there for me. Same with SJAA, their sites are too bright.
TAC had contacted Coe for many years to reserve the overflow lot for astronomy. Jim Van Nuland with the SJAA has been doing that for ages, for the benefit of the entire astronomy community. People would show up at Coe expecting an SJAA star party there, and find nobody!
I'd prefer the unaffiliated approach, more of a wider community, if we can bring that back. If we can, great! If we can't, I can still observe.
Mark, this club 'crap' as you phrase comes off strange since you have been a Director for SJAA numerous times storming out in the interim ) Supporting established organizations pays dividends to the general pubic as they attract more people and offer much more choices. You gets what you pay for -- there's no free lunch. I think paying something is honorable, and responsible socially, as I detest free riders. Somebody is paying for your free use of the sites you refer to as "free." Doesn't SJAA also use Coe, and didn't they initially negotiate it use for astronomy? I hope SC can find another good site again. I enjoy that "club."