If I can't be in charged then no one can (or why can't homeschool moms pass the baton)
This is inspired by my own "101 places" post. There seems to be a trend in the homeschool community in my area. Groups, co-ops etc are often shut down instead of passed on to someone else when the leader(s) can no longer be in charge.
The first incident was a large very active homeschool group we joined about 11 yrs ago. When the founder decided to put her daughter in public school she shut it down. The group had a board of directors that were in charge of the operations so it would have been very easy to step aside and let the group continue. However since she was known as the founder she didn't want her name associated with the group. Someone in the group tried to start a new group but I have no idea what happened. She charged a small amount of dues and sent out buttons and ID cards but never planned a single event.
Several years later we were active in a group that focused on Sports and "extra curriculars" (homeschool prom, science fair, geography Bee etc). The founders of that group moved away and passed the group on to the board. The board however decided to grow the group into a co-op (that basically was modeling a 2 day a week private school/homeschool hybrid). When they realized it was too much to handle they shut down the group instead of scaling it back down to what had worked for years.
Then there was the "101 Places" club. The goal was to complete the book in 2-4 years by doing fieldtrip every week or every 2 weeks. We met 2x and had 1 fieldtrip before the leader shut the group down because her health was failing (she has a chronic condition that flares up sometimes IBS I believe).
The last thing was a co-op that we loved. It lasted all of 6 months and bacially fell apart because one leader put her kids in private school and the other didn't want to deal with telling one mother that no one wanted to deal with her daughter. They actually took it over right before classes started from 2 moms that had the decency to step down and ask for someone to replace them when life got in the way.