I am not in VCDL leadership but I have been a member for years... Any member can send an e-mail to the VCDL leadership team (email@example.com
) and make suggestions on how to do things better/different. VCDL is a grassroots organization, so it takes people to do the work. Many hands make light work... propose a change, propose some solutions (if you have any) and sell it.
Paramedic..I have to disagree with that. The news letter and for that matter, VCDL is staffed with Volunteers. While I have some issues with an EM or two, that's personal and doesn't reflect on VCDL.
It's common knowledge that I don't care for the legislative agenda but again, VCDL as a whole is still doing what a Grass Roots lobby does, and they do it well.
The NRA has very professional documents that are sent to everyone, even me and I'm not a member.
Their lobby efforts are non existent though.
They have insurance...but I don't think they've ever paid a claim.
They are the PTA of the gun world.
VCDL on the other hand is in the trenches every day. Think of the amount of time Philip puts in. What he does is exhausting work. Bruce Jackson drove all the way to Buckingham County for the VDOF hearing and gave a masterful presentation at the end of that trip. Dennis Oconnor is at every committee meeting I know of and is nnearly as effective a speaker as Philip. Ed is always hustling ideas. There wouldn't be Magnetic GSL stickers were it not for Ed.
Paul, Dale, Kenny, Lee, Doug and all the other local members, spend time and money every day to futher the goals.
They are VCDL and they are imperfect volunteers..Every person involved in VCDL should be congratulated for trying instead of being held up to the leadership as a weak point.
In short, VCDL works. When they get as large NRA and forget how to fight, I'll resign. The Newsletter will be better but the group won't be worth belonging to.
I'll take them the way they are now. Doing real work!