Decreasing the 'workload' on the rank and file seems to be the organizational trend.
- Less hours to be a Regular Pioneer.
- Just 30 hrs (I think) to Auxiliary Pioneer in the Spring months.
- Only 2 days per week to attend meetings since the Home Book Study was dropped.
- Less days of Circuit Assemblies - just one day each now.
The driving time/miles is a real issue for some with the consolidations now, so maybe the organization is easing up a little to compensate. After all, the fewer meetings you attend that week the more likely you are to make the Memorial. Maybe they are even after a new 'peak' in attendance - or it's just to keep the attendance numbers from dropping (I'm not up on that - Have Memorial attendance numbers been holding steady?)