Back in the mid-70s when I was a kid there was a “join IPMS-USA” flyer that was inserted into kit boxes. I badgered my dad into signing me up and paying the $5.00 fee. Got a letter back rejecting my application because the fee had been raised to $6.00.
Fast forward to the mid-80s … I joined on my own dime and kept my membership through high school and USNA … even attended the ’87 Nats in DC. A year later there was a scandal because some members of the Executive Board embezzled funds from the IPMS treasury. That was pretty much the last straw for me. I dropped my membership and I haven’t seen anything since from IPMS-USA that would make me reconsider.