i miss going to the meetings, always had a great time. Shelia, the reason AMHA isn't funded by shows is that it only has 4 shows that are put n by the organization. AMHA is first and foremost a registry. There is a small amount of revenue from the other shows, but that money basically supports the show department.
You are correct that the majority of revenue comes from registrations and memberships. The majority of members do not show, so creative people are needed to suggest programs for them. As the saying goes, the first question anybody asks is "what's in it for me?" We need to answer that question for the membership.