PASS UGs in the UK and Ireland have pretty much all moved to Meetup now and a lot of them are not PASS affiliated any more. SQL Saturdays are very rare relative to independent data events such as Data in Devon, Data and Gravy, Data:Scotland, Data Relay, Data Ceili and (of course) SQL Bits.
The community can survive perfectly well without PASS. And it is frustrating when some people seem to assume that the SQL community is synonomous with PASS or that the community needs some sort of organising structure to it. It is not up to the community to respect PASS, it is up to PASS to prove it's continued value to the community.
From my perspective, the non-PASS affiliated events in the UK/Ireland are more exciting and diverse and fresh. They are also growing their numbers. SQL Saturdays has served us very well, and I salute it's contribution. (High five Steve!) Some of the events above are certainly building on the SQL Saturday format. Many of the organisers are ex-SQL Saturday organisers. We are standing on the shoulders of giants. Let's continue to evolve and iterate on the format to keep improving.
However, PASS has been very clear about it's priorities with respect to SQL Saturday's in recent years. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that my local events matter a lot more to me than a big event thousands of miles away. With this in mind, frankly, as long as PASS cares more about Summit than it does about supporting our local events, I'm significantly less interested in it.
I don't necessarily love or hate PASS. It simply doesn't feel that relevant to me any more.