I belong because it is the WBBCaravanCI. I went to one International after I retired (Bozeman). Good experience one time in a nice place. But probably not again. I can use the time and money to fish when I am out west. Drove right around Gillette this year and spent the week in Teddy Roosevelt park. This year I would have to come back from the west early to go to IL. Not going to happen. But when we do not have a summer caravan might attend another International in a good place.
I go to every local chapter meeting when in town and all the rallies when not caravaning. I do not care if they loose a little money on the Interantional for a while. No sense in tearing up the club over that issue. They will figure it out eventually. Do the early workers get special treatment and privilges? Maybe, but probably not much. The ones I know just seem to like spending longer at the place. As I understand it anybody can volunteer and come early??.
Met Norm at a regional rally. Nice guy. Probably well worth it for the officers to travel around and attend the local meetings. Gives everybody some perspective both ways.