~~I have been out of the loop (TXGA-wise) for a few months~~
TXGA's primary focus should be education.
1.) to keep 501( c )( 3 ) status, Not sure if it is official yet. Last I heard (see above) was that it was "in the works" which is has been "in the works" for a couple of years.
2.) to make sure we continue to have places to hide caches in Texas (educating the popo), TXGA has an awesome educational director. Need to have a popo liaison, I believe
3.) to be ethical stewards of the sport ( educating cachers so the popo and the like don't be hate'n)
The events are just TXGA's way of giving back to the membership for allowing TXGA to be their voice.
Case in point... Cemetery issue could have been avoided this past weekend if a rep. or other TXGA official went in early and educated the city on what Geocaching is and what the TXC is all about. I know that Tom Brotherman spoke incessantly with the City muckity mucks and such. He delayed his "official" announcement of the location until he had all paperwork signed sealed and delivered.
The fence being torn down, destruction/defacing of game caches, etc, good have been avoided if
(NTX folks were beat with the ethical stick)cachers had some education in the form of Leave No Trace, Tread Lightly, etc... I agree but some people have no couth
All that big sky thinking is great and I would love to see it some day but state laws differ from state to state. Groundspeak is a business and it would be in their interest to advocate at the federal level. Actually they should be spending their money on that instead of Lab Caches, Waymarking, or WhereIGo...