It has been that way for quite some time. Stupidity I guess. We were told to get lost many years ago at a local field. I have never joined another flying club. One very near my home promised a circle for C/l when negotiating with the city for use of the old landfill. Ten years later there is still no circle and when asked they shrug their shoulders and tell us that there isn't enough interest. The strange thing is, once a year they have a C/l contest using the rc runway and it is very well attended by the local folks.
Sorry if this answer bothers you, however IMO some analysis is needed.
So one group did not want you! Rather than negotiate and offer some help during the RC flier's events, you simply ran away.
Another Club promised some assistance when they were negotiating for a field. Did you offer help? Did you get in there and assist their work in making their RC facility, while explaining your needs as a CL flier and offer to help pay for those things you needed and help with theirs?
Since they have a CL event each year, where are you? My bet is that in those 10 years you could have been a considerable amount of help to the RC Club and probably been the Chief of the CL facility. But you waited for the RC Club to do all the work! If you want to make a Home-Run, you have to first get into the Ball-Game.
That is why I am always trying to get into the AMA EC. Two terms as a DVP, one by a Write-In, District VI.
Several time here in District VIII. Never made it but keep trying. Now in the run for AMA Ex. Vice President. Probably not a chance, but my name is on the ballot. Every so often, I load up my tractor and cut a circle at Jetero RC field, and fly my CL models on their 50 acres. They would not have that land had I not went out and bought 100 acres. Now Jetero RC Club (www.jetero.com
) owns 50 acres and I made enough money off the remaining 50 acres to pay off all purchase expenses.