I understand what both you and Nina are saying, and I thought I acknowledged that there would be abuses of the system, i.e. the decorator that your told me about.
What I think that you guys are still missing is that brothers may "volunteer" their time, but occasionally they may be reimbursed for what I would consider "extraordinary" expenses, for example:
If I volunteer to drive to Springfield, Missouri to lay bricks with the group on the new QB, then I will grab my trowel, level, hammer and a jointer, and maybe a brush. On Sunday afternoon, when all the bricks are laid, I will go get in my car or truck, and head for Kansas City. NO ONE that I am aware of would turn in an expense for that. Even though I may have spent 2 nights in a hotel and eaten in restaurants 4 times for the trip for a total of $200, and burned an Additional $30 in gas, No one that I ever knew turned in expenses for that kind of stuff.
However, if I was the brick overseer, and I had to stop my secular job at 2:30 pm on Thursday, and have 7 men help me load up all the equipment that we were going to need and I had to bring a new diamond blade for the two thousand saw cuts that we were going to use on the job (and wear out), and then after the project was over he has to haul all his equipment back to his job and unload it and set it up again, at a cost of several hours work that he has to pay his help for.
So, you think you've been lied to if he turns in a bill for $500 for these expenses, including fuel.
Look, I am with you guys that the WT lies. However the R&F brothers that are the backbone of this organization are generally pretty good and generous people, and I resent you thinking that it is a pack of lies for a guy to take a few bucks of real, honest to goodness, out of pocket costs and you are offended because he says that he is a volunteer.
If that makes you mad, you're probably going to be mad all the time.