As with any new organization, we had our growing pains too. During the spring of 1998 our board of directors worked through its process for making formal decisions. Generally, we have tried to reach general consensus.
Also in the spring of 1998, ACA joined the Atheist Alliance and the board began discussing the possibility of hosting the 1999 convention here in Austin. Don Rhoades had attended the '98 Atheist Alliance convention in St. Louis, and asked to take on the responsibility of being the event organizer. Assisting Don in this massive effort were Mary Osborne and Kellen Von Houser.
In early 1999, the board considered becoming affiliated with American Atheists. There was a lot of discussion and considerable disagreement as to the value of becoming an American Atheist affiliate. It was decided to run both a pro and a con essay in "The Atheist" and then leave the matter up to the general membership in a special meeting. The membership of ACA voted overwhelmingly not to affiliate with the American Atheist organization.