I've just returned from the fall meeting of the Midwest Exotic Feline Educational Society, at the home of a member in Indianapolis.
A couple of years ago, MEFES was fairly vibrant, but interest has dropped off a lot, and we were seriously concerned that this meeting could be the last, if we couldn't find people willing to serve as officers. Pam, the outgoing president, just got married and isn't willing to continue until she gets her new life sorted out, which I think is fair. Lisa, the vice president, isn't ready to step up to president. I was asked if I would consider it, and I cowered in terror; I know I don't have the time or the spoons to do the job when I can't manage the things I already have in my life. We finally convinced Bob, who had been president in the past, to step up and do it again, with others including myself promising to do what we can to help keep things moving. I have volunteered to be called the newsletter editor, with the understanding that I don't have the time to research and write all the articles or to beat articles out of other people. I'm agreeing to do layout and copy editing, not to actually singlehandedly produce the newsletter. And others are saying at the meeting that they're willing to take it on.
I did the last newsletter, which included the announcement and directions to the current meeting. I enjoyed the article writing I did, but I didn't end up with as much content as I wanted, and I didn't get any articles from anyone else. I really hope that I can actually get the other people to provide me the raw material I need in a timely fashion, because if they don't, I'm not going to be able to make up the slack myself, and I want to have a decent newsletter.
But at least we are going forward for another year. MEFES has been both fun and valuable up to now, and it will be a loss to the cats and the people who want to have cats around if it does fail.