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Re: [FAIR-HILL-MD-NATURE-PHOTOGRAPHY-meetup-­group] Membership Dues

From: Heidi K.
Sent on: Sunday, December 4, 2011 10:33 PM
HeLLOOOO!!! Did anyone see this email from Parsh? The dues will not increase. The caring and giving person that Parsh is, does not want to see anyone leave the group due to finances and $10 bucks or not, doesn't want to lose any members. Dues money does NOT pay for alcohol nor would it ever be considered. This is all about photography, learning, and growing. Not the money or the beer as someone has tried to insinate. PLEASE READ PARSHS EMAIL BELOW.


On Sun, Dec 4, 2011 at 4:29 PM, Parsh Mehta <[address removed]> wrote:

Folks

When NetFlix raised its prices and did not listen to complaints from its users, it lost over a million members.  We are not doing that.  Each member here is a friend and a colleague.  Losing any one of you is like losing a family member.  Not gonna let that happen without a fight.

Executive Decision: The Dues for the Fairhill Photography Group will remain at $10.00 per year.

 

If you have not yet paid your dues, please know that the dues will be due January 1st 2012.  Starting next year, we will have full transparency and accountability for the dues.  A series of spreadsheets will be added to the files section of our site.  They will document where the money has come from and where it is going.  With the $10 dues rate, however we will still need to continue the fee structure for the 'special meetups' that we have had in the past.  For example the classes we have had with Steve Gotlieb. Joe Rossbach, Brandy Wine and others.  

 

In addition, no photographer will ever and I mean ever be turned away for not paying dues.  

 

Thank you and keep shooting.

 

Parsh

 


On Sun, Dec 4, 2011 at 10:10 PM, Shaun "Solo" Rogers <[address removed]> wrote:
I regretfully must leave the group as well, I have not been able to attend any of the meetups due to scheduling since i have joined. and now with the fees due i will have to leave the group. best wishes to all and I hope you all can get along drinks or not.

Shaun "Solo" Rogers
Solo Productions Unlimited
Director/Editor/Cinematographer
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www.youtube.com/solotheartist1
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From: "tom" <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Sunday, December 4,[masked]:52:27 PM

Subject: Re: [FAIR-HILL-MD-NATURE-PHOTOGRAPHY-meetup-group] Membership Dues

Hello photographers, I joined this on March 09 just after Kenng started it.  I admit I've only attended 4 meetups, I did attend the First cook out at Ken's house and felt welcome and had a great time.  I hate to see this happen after the hard work put into this group.  To drink or not to drink, its a personal decision.  Should the dues be used to buy beer, or soda should be up to the group.  Lets all get along.  Take care to all.
 
Tom

From: Roger Wilber <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Sunday, December 4,[masked]:56 PM
Subject: Re: [FAIR-HILL-MD-NATURE-PHOTOGRAPHY-meetup-group] Membership Dues

Just my $0.02.  The meetups I've gone too have never been about beer / drinking.  Some people like to meet after a meetup to chat and socialize - some drink beer, some soda, some don't join in after at all.  It's the one things that made being part of the group even more of a pleasure - the fact that the group was friendly and more than just throwing a group of strangers at a location.

Did I like the idea of $25 instead of $10?  Not really but I'm a cheap bastard who can't make many of the special events and am an oddity in that I don't willingly rent/sell my children into servitude for a new lens.  :-)   But I also know that if $10 was all I could afford that I wouldn't be made to feel any less a part of this group because of it.

I've spent $10 on a group where I got nothing in return and this isn't one of them. 

So people, please take a step back and a deep breath. 

I personally think a two level membership would be great - a cheap bastard level and a show me the bling level.  Cheap bastards pay for the specials they go for where the blings don't.  I'd be just fine with that myself.

:-)

Roger "cheap bastard" Wilber


On Sun, Dec 4, 2011 at 8:19 PM, Kennyg <[address removed]> wrote:
      Rob is correct.this group is about photography . our passion is in the images we take and see and share in hopes we will all learn from each other as well as from the pros and workshops . 
               we have come a long way since i starting this group. i hope these negative comments will not affect the
                  rest of the members





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