Excellent analysis about the upcoming proposal by US Figure Skating to change our federation's "grass roots" governance. Go to Ice Skating International: http://www.iceskatingintnl.com/archive/commentaries/2012 Governing Council.htm Those going to Governing Council really need to think long and hard about this. Do we want our federation to go the way of the ISU? Meet every other year? In the meantime the staff and Board have free rein to do as they please? If the reason for the change is money, there are other things, which are suggested in the piece, that can accomplish the goal. And they would do so, without taking away the little bit of grass roots power we have.