I feel even worse now - I sometimes write for the magazine
You are absolutely right, of course.There have been a number of problems with the committee of the AMS. recently.
However things can only get better - where have I heard that before!
On a more serious note, the AMS is still good at fielding a number of model submariners in one spot - shows usually.
Liviing where you do there are a number of shows that you will be able to attend this Summer. (BTW Beale Park can often be a little short on submarines in my experience.)
It is probably worth reserving your judgment on the AMS and try to meet them at a show or two this year. (The events will be mentioned here also I'm sure.)
Membership of the Subcommittee and the AMS is probably close to perfection but I take your point about budgets.