Talk about Money and Dues for the moving on meetup.
All or almost all of the Meetups are Dutch treat.
The parent organization for this Meetup has annual dues of $15.00 per calendar year. This is $1.25 a month -- not a lot of money. You are welcome at meetups without joining.
If you do pay your dues, you will receive an email each month with the Meetup events and more. You may have noticed that the Moving On website has a few more events than meetup.com. The newsletter has even a little more information.
There are a few "dues paying members only" events. Events that are held at people's homes and camps are not put on the web. Dues paying members are known and at least we have their addresses and phone numbers. With people only in the meetup.com group even that minimal information may not be known. It just common sense not to invite people you do not know into our homes.
If you want the email or to go to these special events then join now. ( see link ) You can even get this newsletter by U.S. mail.
One of the major expenses is the $144.00 per year for the Meetup.com group. There is also post office box rent. It is nice to have a little money for incidentials, and in case an event does not quite break even. Events like Lights on the Lake, and Beaver Lake Enchanted Evening are free to dues paying members. The club sends birthday (and get well) cards to dues paying members.
Traditionally, the left over money was used to reduce the cost of Christmas/Holiday party in December for members. But our Christmas party is no more. Perhaps with a increase in membership it could be reinstated. Now most of any money left at end of the year is used to reduce the cost of the November dinner for members.
Other things have been tried like having a $1 charge for members and $2 for non-members at our discussions for example. But lately there have not been refreshments or a charge. 50/50 raffles are held sometimes. But this is the only organization I know of that can lose money on a 50/50 raffle. (Ask Larry how to lose money on a 50/50 raffle, He will tell you and also show you that he has 11 fingers.)
Collecting a few dollars cash at each event is hard for the treasurer to keep track of and hard on the president to audit. Rather then nickel and dime people by collecting a little money at different times, the current method of funding the organization is to collect the $15.00 annually from people who come regularly. Then ensure a good turnout at the last dinner by giving a discount.
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