Becoming part of these clubs has really been an education, as I've learned so much about how the convention actually works "behind the scenes" after so many years of just attending as a conventioneer.
Back in 1999/2000, the local club I had folded with the death of our president, Violet Hiller. For those collecting and active in a club back then, it was around the same time that Mattel was forcing clubs to take "Barbie" out of their club names, register with Mattel, and other changes that are now the norm in the Barbie club world.
The Mo Valley Barbie Doll Club couldn't withstand the leadership vacuum, the new president wasn't really a "people person" as they say, and the new rules were just too onerous for a small club, so we folded. I hadn't been a member of a club since and while I can't meet with either of my clubs in person, it does feel good to be a member again.
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