Bob, The transcript of this discussion in the EC Forum included commentary by every member of the EC, most of whom ARE current SMs or who have been recetly, who have to coordinate a local calendar. It also was spread over 4 pages of content and it started on January 11, ran through much additional commentary and discussion by the few of us at iWPS and is still running today in the EC forum. There were many back channel e-mails to and from those directly affected by this decision including the current hosts and at least some of those who are considering hosting in the near future. This has been a pretty nearly unanimously accepted and approved idea.
Second, as to your idea of different "Steve Marsh people" handling each event, we have actually been moving toward that model for more than two years already. It is true I will continue to be the main contact for accepting registrations, dealing with money and certiications and coordinating calendars, etc. But each event, beginning with Cross Training (Michael Salinger) and WOWPS (currently Deb Marsh) and adding the others as current hosting arrangements and obligations are met going forward, will have one person who is the project coordinator and will do much of what I have been doing for our three events (don't forget Cross Training Conference in June) so far. That is going to free up resources on my part to do a better job of the admin work for all events. (I don't point that out to say you are wrong. I bring it up to say you are right. Your proposed model is the right way to go. And we have been going that way incrementally for some time already.)
Third, I think we have enough events for now. Until we have more paid staff and more consistent infrastructure, four events is probably enough to service effectively. Adding WOWPS was the completion of a cycle in my mind. (I think there is still room in the calendar for some additional programming. But there are not the human resources currently to make them happen effectively. Better to not do them than to do them poorly at this time.)
So, four events, spread out roughly around the year with another major deadline in the longest "fallow" period.
Begin registration for WOWPS (6 weeks out) mostly 2nd Month
WOWPS in March (3rd month)
SlamMasters in April (4th month)
Registration for NPS final deadline, begin to assemble NPS lists, finalize Cross Training details May (5th month)
Cross Training Conference June (6th month)
The big NPS crush in July, (7th month)
NPS August (8th month)
Rest (Someday I'd love to figure out how to take a vacation in this time frame)
Finalize post NPS details, look at profits and loss, final host city reports, etc. September (9th month)
IWPS registration six weeks before event (mostly 10th month)
IWPS November (11th month)
Venue Certification crunch December and Christmas in the online store(12th month)
Rest (I might like to do a mini tour in January some day...doh! did anyone remember I got into this because I'm a poet??)
I honestly believe this is a workable calendar. If there are burdens on the locals (and I'm not disputing there may be) I think they will work themselves out long before the impact of a March 2009 WOWPS or a November 2009 IWPS. And posting it up now was done because of EC's sensitivity to the fact that some organized SMs, like yourself, have plans in motion already for the future.