While I strongly support the standardization and other services of the
RSCDS, I am one of those overseas members on limited budget. This
presents an interesting dilemma: the increase in RSCDS dues leaves me
less money to participate in Branch activities. Continuing to be an RSCDS
member to contribute to the health of the international organization
means that I am reducing my paid participation in the portion of the
organization that actually delivers the services I use.
I have not yet reached the point where I will have to choose,
financially, between supporting the Society or my Branch. But I suggest
that my situation is not unique, and that perhaps a significant number
who dropped out of the Society this year did not do so because they
weren't altruistic, but because they were making a conscious choice of
where to put their support.