I'd like to just state for the record that while I've made my position about PASS/Summit pretty clear in a number of places, often clumsily, and while we might not have always agreed on what the right course of action might have been, I absolutely respect and am grateful for the work done by the community folks on the committee and behind the scenes and I sympathise with the impossible financial position PASS finds itself in. While we can trade "would have"/"could have"/"should have"s all day long, I recognise that retrospect and knowing the future makes past decisions feel obvious when they rarely were at the time. And I appreciate that it's a lot easier to heckle from the sidelines than it is to sit in the driving seat.
I salute you.
Regardless of my personal opinions, if PASS does fold this year I recognise that would be a brutal shame for a lot of people. I may have believed in a smaller, less corporate and less centralised PASS for a while, and, being European, I might never have personally found PASS Summit terrifically important to me, but I don't think anyone on either side of the debate wanted any changes to happen like this. I expect that while a lot of folks might have wanted a different PASS, I expect that most (including myself) would be very sad if it dissappeared completely. The whole situation is desparately cruel and I think everyone recognises that.
Regardless of what happens, I want you and the rest of PASS to understand that I have (and I expect pretty much everyone else has) always been appreciative of and inspired by the personal contributions made by all the community folks involved at all levels.