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The Austin Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Meetup Group Message Board › Membership dues vs. voluntary contributions

Membership dues vs. voluntary contributions

David F
user 5332535
Group Organizer
Austin, TX
Post #: 3
Question for the group - I pay $144 per year to be a meetup organizer. For the past two years, I have paid this cost out of pocket and sometimes when there is leftover money from a Zoom Room event, I use it to offset some of that expense. However, I have not covered the cost of meetup organizer fees yet. So far, I have been reluctant to put in place a "dues" structure because I didn't want a dues structure to keep people from joining. But I would like to solicit your input - should we put in place a membership fee ($5 per year) or should we rely on voluntary contributions from members? There would still be an event fee when we go somewhere that charges a rental (only Zoom Room charges a fee at this time). Please weigh in on this. Based upon feedback, I may send out a survey to all members and take a vote. Thanks. David
Lexa C.
user 40145922
Austin, TX
Post #: 10
I dont mind at all paying $5 per year or a voluntary donation - either way is fine. Thank you David for being the organizer! I really appreciate it! Chance does too! Lexa Crary.
Linda B.
user 2377811
Austin, TX
Post #: 7
We have not participated in any of the meet ups other than heart program. I have used the site for recommendations. I believe that all members should pay to belong because we all benefit in some way and one member should not have to bear the cost.
user 15768481
Austin, TX
Post #: 5
I don't think a small dues payment would keep people from joining ($5 or less seems very reasonable). You certainly shouldn't have to cover the whole fee!
Ann B.
user 65809492
Austin, TX
Post #: 6
I feel that a dues fee is a good idea. So, ready to get that going? This is a great site!
user 9419014
Austin, TX
Post #: 7
I've been unable to attend the last few years but would be willing to pay a dues fee. You've gone above and beyond David, thank you.
A former member
Post #: 7
I agree. I think everyone should pay dues. I've been a Meetup organizer before and I think that everyone should share in carrying that load, because $5 for each person is a lot easier than $144 for you alone, and if each person contributes, that might even allow for a small fund for some of the fancier Meetups. We love this group and would be happy to contribute!
Joy C. F.
user 12755812
Austin, TX
Post #: 1
Thank you, David, for being our official meetup Organizer!
You should not have to pay the fee yourself and I feel sure that most of us would be more than willing to contribute! I am sorry that I did not realize this before or I would already have done so. Please let us know how and where we can pay a share of the cost voluntarily (Mail?). If not paid before maybe we can each plan to bring $5 or $10 to the next meetup that we attend, in an envelope with your and our name (for record purposes). I feel like we need to get your cost covered until a more formal membership fee can be set up. It has been so wonderful for Molly to be around other Cavaliers and the small annual fee is MORE THAN worth it!
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