My attitude went sour the moment the AHA decided to give preference to Grand Master, Master, and National judges during the lottery, and it has not improved much since. Even non-judge AHA members were irritated by that decision because it created two classes of members.
This is irrelevant seeing as there are plenty of tickets still left.
As far as to the post directed to Amanda, well, I realized that following up a post that I saw as condescending with a post that would be seen as condescending was not the proper way to address the problem. No one goes through the trouble of becoming a judge to steward contests, and no judge should ever tell another judge that he/she should steward a contest if his/her rank falls below the cutoff. That's leadership 101. If a judge wants to steward a contest because his/her rank falls below the cutoff, then he/she will volunteer to fill the role without being told to do so. I am fairly certain that most ranked, Apprentice, Rank-Pending, and Provisional judges are aware that they can volunteer to steward the final round.
For those who missed Mark's comments about me, here it is:
I will respond to that with this: those of you that know me personally already know that I am not condescending and readily help my fellow judges and brewers. If Mark thinks that I am "telling him to steward", he is wrong. I am attempting to help.
As to his earlier assertions of my competition experiences... my last stewarding role: May 29, 2014. The last time I took on a third chair rank pending judge (when I didn't have to) and showed them the ropes? February 20, 2015. I also spent most of 2013-2014 helping out budding competition organizers in the KC area, in addition to hosting a judge training course for 15 of our local to-be judges. (Which all of them scored high enough for Certified, 2 scored high enough for National, and 1 scored higher than my own Master score.) So again, all of those arguments are irrelevant.
After watching this for a few days, I now see that there is no helping in this case. However
, I will not be talked to like I am a child. If you cannot be respectful, then please refrain from posting.