Maybe you could simply start up an informal group of hams wishing to get together somewhere and "eyeball qso". Nothing formal so no "posturing" or anything. Like once a month, only instead of dues, devise some way to save up funds, like "the biggest yarn at the meeting" or a "cuss jar" to get bux for some social event at some ham's house. Make the meetings informal so nobody's squabbling about what's getting or not getting done. Meet sometimes on an agreed upon simplex 2m freq and chit chat, roundtable style. Or, just get some hams together on a weekend and have an "out-of-cycle" field day for the fun of it. Just some thoughts, guys. If we can't go to have fun, BRING the fun. What did Forest Gump say, "Fun is as fun does," or sumpin like that.