So, it seems that getting any new venture off the ground ALWAYS has it's ups and downs. Just when you think things are going great a curve ball seems to be the next pitch. Such is the case the last couple of weeks with trying to get the 4-H shooting program off the ground.
Suddenly I realized that October 1st is coming up quickly, so I contacted the rifle club to continue where we left off...NRA Membership, rifle club membership, 4-H schedule. Seems straight forward to me. No, there is also a rifle club orientation (90 minutes held once a month) that was in 3 days and I wasn't a "Member" yet (read $$ hadn't been paid) and the next one in September was over the Pyramyd Cup weekend, so it had to be the one coming up. Great, I get approval to go after explaining what is going on. I thought I was just going to the orientation and would pay the dues once I got my NRA membership established. Nope, I got there and luckily I had an old tattered check, for emergencies, in my wallet so I pulled that out. Application form? nope, it's at home... so I filled that out. Now, the NRA membership I had signed up for just happened to be during the week that they were cutting over to a new system....my luck. So I paid on Wednesday and was told it would be at least a WEEK before anyone saw my membership renewal. Strange that the NRA is that far behind in the times. It would seem to me that as soon as I click the submit button that their entire organization would know about me, but that wasn't the case. So three days after the orientation (a week after I signed up) I finally got someone who could provide my proof of membership. Great, smooth sailing ahead... nope.
I try following up with the guy in charge of the activities letting him know everything was set and we just needed to settle on a schedule. Oct 1 through November 19 from 6-9 pm right? Nothing. Try again in a couple of days. Still nothing. Finally get a response and he wants to start Sept 29 and it's only 6-7:30 pm. In my head i'm SCREEMING WTF! However, I had to keep it cool if I wanted anything positive to come out of this. So I politely explained that there was another email with the 6-9 pm slot that I had requested because he said it was open. I also explained that our fiscal year starts October 1 so we couldn't do anything before that date.
He was responsive, this time, and understood where the mix-up occurred and we are now waiting for final approval with a couple of board meetings that we'll have to work around (something I also wasn't made aware of earlier).
To answer your question, "Yes, I've considered several times to just drop it". That would be the easy thing to do, but I've come to realize that the things that make us want to throw our hands up and quit are also the things, that if you dig deep, will challenge you to become a better person. And in the end if I someone involved in shooting airguns and see that they have a smile on their face while doing so then I will consider the frustration more than worth it, and if I grow a little in the process I guess that's a good thing.