Re: [Catawba-Cruisers] Membership Dues

From: Gigi (.
Sent on: Friday, February 1, 2013 8:26 AM
Jeff has a good point. It is easy to just focus on one's own group & think a small fee shouldn't have an impact, but $20 here & there for those in multiple groups does add up eventually & some may have to choose. That's not to say a small annual is not a good value or that an organizer shouldn't be charging one but, for those who choose not to retain a paid membership in a group, there may be a broader range of factors involved in their decision than just one group. 

There is a local hiking meetup group which asks for members to cover only the annual cost of the actual Meetup fees. Instead of charging an annual fee, the organizer ask those attending hikes to contribute $1. Once a member has paid $1, they don't have to pay again on subsequent fee-based hikes. He solicits fees for the hikes until he has collected enough to cover the Meetup fee then there are no more fee-based hikes. The group has a large membership & last hike had 65 attendees so their bigger hikes would cover the Meetup fees with just 2-3 hikes. I don't think the organizer offers to cover any expenses or provide other services (ie paid camping) for members so he can keep the fee lower for the members. If this strategy doesn't work for the organizer, he may have to implement a different structure but I personally like his current approach to it. 

Gigi

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On Feb 1, 2013, at 7:43 AM, Jeff Andrews <[address removed]> wrote:

Perhaps then it might be wise to merge the two kayaking groups so that we're not paying 30 bucks a year, or membership in one includes the other? - this stuff adds up for those in multiple meetup groups. Any more belt tightening in this economic climate and there will be two of me. (one half would go get another job, lol) I like the idea of the time limit though, some of us need that motivation. ;)

Thanks,

Jeff Andrews 
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On Jan 31, 2013, at 6:34 PM, Ray Carpenter wrote:

I tried to stay away from this, but I need to cover the expenses and wish to do more as far as giving back to the group. Maybe paying for some group camping, etc... I also am aware of the fact that most other groups charge a fee. I think that it is reasonable to ask for $15/year as that is just slightly more that $1/month. I like to think that with the amount of time and energy that I put into these groups members are getting a great value.

For those that are currently members, I will offer a grace period of 60 days. As of March 2nd I will charge current members $10.00 for the rest of this calendar year. Thereafter dues will be $15/year.

Any new members that sign up will be required to pay the $15/year within 30 days.

I hope that this doesn't alienate too many of you. I think that this will also increase participation as we will not have people signing up and then we never hear from them. As members pay I will place the year after their name to show they have paid.

 




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