or·gan·i·za·tion [awr-guh-nuh-zey-shuhn]

A definition

  1. the act or process of organizing.
  2. a group of persons organized to accomplish for some end.
  3. the administrative personnel or apparatus of a business or group
  4. Informal . conforming entirely to the standards, rules, or demands of an organization, esp. that of one’s employer: an organization mentality.

So you join an entity like NRA, USPSA, IDPA, SASS, ATA or the like with the desire to participate in a certain type of shooting event.

Within your local group or shooting club, who handles administration tasks? Who sets up the web site? Maintains the mailing list? Assembles, publishes and posts results/scores? Puts together and sends out a newsletter after each event? Writes and submits press releases before the scheduled event to announce it and another press release with a story of what happened?

If the host organization you and your group/club belongs to requires you to remit membership, sanctioning or classification fees but does not perform these tasks for you and your club, you are paying a TAX as they provide NO service to you. They are a useless organization because they force local shooters and group/clubs to do their own organizing.


A good organization provides resources that does this work on behalf of its members.