Have to say that I am very sad to read this news too. I suggest that as BKA members we discuss this seriously, regardless of whether that is going to change Void's mind or not.
As someone who vacillates between being quite active and then absent from the forum, I feel I have a good idea about the dynamic of this space, and I would like to say a few things:
Both forum members and BKA members should bear in mind how much our effort means to others, both to the BKA and to other players using this site. Contributing anything more than questions to the site, sharing new ideas, offering trick advice, uploading videos (like the recent JKA Grand Prix video, for example), organizing and taking part in competitions (yes, guilty as sin here about the last one!) - all these things take time and energy. Nobody is being salaried for keeping this place alive; it's our responsibility and if we're using it, we should all be making a bit more effort to maintain it.
Personally, I enjoy the advert-free, clean and easy feel of a bulletin forum like this, but even though some of my other German contacts speak good English, short of placing them under duress, I can't get them to register and use it. They happily join kendama Facebook groups and a few use Instagram, but they use these things anyway, so it's no big jump. That's a shame, because in this case it's not the price of membership, not unwillingness to take part in comps, or give trick advice, etc, it's just the medium they won't engage with.
I am always glad to see the local meets being posted on the forum, but I can't judge the physical presence of the BKA very well from where I am, and I don't know if the BKA has an intended goal or 'ideal situation' regarding members and active participation, etc. As I have already more or less said, I have felt participation on the forum to be quite low recently, especially when there has been quite a bit going on, but I am not sure how and how far other people identify themselves as BKA members - to speak for myself, it means sharing with you guys my kendama experiences, my enthusiasm, and sometimes my knack for locating a specific trick in a forgotten edit when someone needs it. I wanted to go to the EKO and meet everyone again but I didn't feel I was letting the BKA down in not making it. So maybe it's a question also of how people see forum and BKA membership.
I, for one, will offer my membership fee for 2016. The membership card is cool, but I don't get to use it enough anyway. Just let me get back to Europe and I'll send it over.