Sound like "pros" are taking over - I'm thinking you can kiss the Open event good bye - either that or the $$$ is goin UP! However, if I was a volunteer I'd keep an eye out for the job postings - why not get paid for what you used to do for "free"?
It'll be interesting to see how this plays out. Notice the article does NOT say wha the volunteers issues were?
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