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Sacrifice and support of the greater Need

From: Torvald
Sent on: Sunday, June 14, 2009 10:41 PM
Hail all,

We have had a good bump in membership lately; many new faces and many new to their perspective crafts. In all good lessons, there must be one tenant that bins us all to the Will we intend to work. That tenant is sacrifice. Most often, sacrifice is done on an individual basis at the time the Will is worked in ritual function. You cannot receive if you do not give. In Germanic lore, writings tell us that a gift looks for a gift, meaning that if you are a giving person, you will eventually be a receiving person.

Within the last six months, I set up a membership dues system whereby everyone is asked to contribute $3.00 annually (meaning once a year). That means that every day you have membership to the list, you should be prepared to give up eight tenths (8/10s) of one penny. This collective money goes solely and directly towards the two biannual weekend workshops that I host; one in January, one in July. If less than half the membership contributes $3.00 per year, the workshops are paid for entirely. This covers the room rental, basic hotel services and supplied food and beverages.

It would be nice if I could continue to support the weekend workshops by myself and not even hassle with trying to guilt people into giving an almost complete online stranger $3.00. However, in light of our collective economic standings, I cannot afford to pull money out of pocket in the hope that it gets replaced by door fees of attendants. So, for this reason alone, I ask that all of you make the minimal sacrifice and support your fellow spiritual beings and give an offering to the collective.

"But I don't go to those workshops anyway." One recent monthly member spouted that as a response to the reminder of membership. But, at that same meeting, he was able to take advantage of another meetup member who brought a large box of magazines and books for everyone to peruse. He took a large amount of resources with him. If not for being accepted at our meetup, he would not have benefited from the dollar figure of all that free material.

Using the bad economy is a poor excuse versus the asking of three dollars. Everyone I polled at the last weekend workshop agreed. What is three dollars for an entire year compared to what three dollars buys you in a day; half a cup of Starbucks' grossly overpriced coffee, ten carcinogenic cigarettes, six cholesterol-laden donuts. That may possibly make my point.

Dues for the year are due by 10pm on Wednesday, July 1st. In order to keep the workshop active for this half year, I need 100 members to sacrifice $3.00 for the good of the group, whether you can make the weekend workshop or not. If I don't get 100 donors, then I will have to cancel the July workshop and plan for the one in January. For those that pay $3.00, your admission into the workshop is free. If you don't get dues to me before the deadline and still want to attend the workshop, you will have to pay full price for July's workshop.

Please, support one another and support yourself.

Thank you for your time. I hope to meet you all at either the monthly meetups or the weekend workshop.

Torvald Adolphson

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