That attitude is unfortunate. However, as Isk8NYC noted, if a club doesn't know you, they're not going to give you a sensitive role right off the bat. I could see even the most open-to-volunteers club being hesitant to let someone they don't know handle their financial records. Most clubs are very open to volunteers but you need to start out slowly - and that's true regardless of whether you skate (or have kids who skate) or not. And if you think about it, that's the case with any org - you're not going to be the chair of something your first day, lol. My club's VP (and test chair) has never skated and does not have kids who skate. Her involvement with the club predates mine, but I suspect she got involved via music coordinating/announcing, which is a certification done through the USFSA (just like becoming a judge). She does the music (and some announcing) for our annual comp, and at some point got on the board - she is extremely dedicated has the respect of everyone and no one cares if she's ever skated. If you are interested in being involved with comps, you may want to consider becoming a music coordinator or accountant. The training and certification process is similar to that of judges, although I believe it takes less time to reach the nat'l level, depending on how much time you are willing to put into it. Even if you don't think you can reach that point, there is plenty of need and activity at the local and regional levels.