|Sent on:||Sunday, January 27, 2013 11:05 PM|
There have been a few email/comments floating around since I sent an earlier email re an increase to membership dues. ($30 effective March 1, 2013, and due on an annual basis...of March 1. If you are current on your dues now, having paid from March 1, 2012, your dues will not become due until March 1, 2014). The $20 rate will be in effect thru February 28, 2012, then they switch to $30 on March 1.
You will want to pay thru PayPal. PayPal can be found on the Indy Meetup Website: http://www.meetup.com/Indy-MU-Photo-Club/
Look at the left handside of the front page, a slight ways down from the Photo Challenge picture. It says:
Membership dues$20.00 (via paypal or cash)
Click on this link and it will walk you thru everything you need to know...
FYI: The decision to increase the dues came after months of debating on whether to/not to increase them. The idea of "no dues" was tossed out; the idea of raising dues to align them with other clubs was suggested. And, had the latter been the choice, dues would have been increased significantly. Some clubs charge $50 or more and don't do near what we do...or even attempt...
Based upon expenditures from the past two years since I've been the organizer, most of them have been from my own pocket, little from dues; because membership dues in itself, plain and simple...does not cover.
A few people mentioned that if we did not have the money, we should not do/take part, or whatever. Yes, that is one way to contain costs; and the club would remain immobile...stagnant...would not advance. It is not the best answer for a growing club. 'Ask people to donate' was another idea... Well, I find that I am about the only one who donates. So, that is not a sure thing! Frankly, I think everything should be shared by all who have this opportunity to take part. And, nickel and diming members at every meeting/event is not quite someting I want to do. So, yes, we could stay where we are, and more than likely regress. OR, those members who want to go forward, need to pitch in...and we can be/do what we have grown to enjoy and much more. We can go forward and grow...together!
Some people are dazzled when they see the 345 members and then multiply that times $30...even by $20. Oh, I would be too... I wouldn't be sending this email out now if that was a true figure!!! BUT, it's not. Putting that into reality is one thing we will be doing within the next few months...i.e. eliminating all those people who are not paying membership dues, so they can't keep having the same privileges as those who are loyal and payup. I'll have no problem cutting that back by 2/3s or more because we have some who join and never, or forget and forget and forget to payup.
As the organizer, I want the club to grow, to go forward, have needed equipment, be able to bring in special speakers, have marketing materials, etc. It all takes $$. So...if you want to be part of a growing club, you will have no problem with this additiion to the annual dues. But, if you do have a problem with this and all you want out of this club is to go on a once or twice a year photo shoot, perhaps this isn't the club for you...