Just in case Jason doesn't publish my reply...this is what I tried to post:
"This proves my point Jason. Thanks for bringing it up.
When was it we spoke...about 3-4 years ago? We talked about the future of the APL and I expressed my opinion that the association model was dead?
My view back then (and it hasn't changed) is that landscapers and gardeners need information, tips and advice and a feeling that they are not alone and nothing more. A costly badge is the least on their minds.
I believe the APL have less than 160 actual landscaper members and BALI have less than 450 landscaper members. The numbers keep getting lower.
I understand an APL comittee member left the APL recently, unhappy at the way the organisation is run and the slow pace of change.
BALI had 10% churn on membership last financial year (can we assume the same figure from the APL?). Where are the new members going to come from?
Networking is the future. The APL could end up with the largest LinkedIn group but no actual association...now wouldn't that be an irony?"
I found this type of thing on the Nationwide Building Society website, criticism isn't welcome.
The same thing is happening to several other organisations in different countries.
They have not adapted to the times and their members needs. Internet has broken down barriers and the monopoly on communications, which is what they relied on before.
People still choose to believe whatever, but now they know they don't need some expensive guru travelling the world at their expense to develop their business.
Keep up the good work.