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Regular First Thursday of the Month meeting at Italo Club

Regular Kanikapila Monthly Meeting

Kanikapila - Hawaiian style jam session (from kani 'sound' and pila 'stringed instrument'). We go round the circle and you have the choice of:

  1. Choosing a song from our song book for us all to sing;
  2. Introducing a new song to the group (bring extra copies of songsheets);
  3. Performing a prepared item;
  4. Passing (try not to do this too much, please!).

First Thursdays, some of us also meet earlier in the Italian restaurant at 6pm for a bite to eat and a yarn. All are welcome! Try to come for a yarn instead of just coming to sing and disappear. :-)

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  • Beverley F.

    As I said earlier, I am looking again at expenses over the last two years. I would like to assure everyone that there do not appear to be any problems at present. We have enough in kitty for all of our projected expenses and have covered all of our outgoings to date without difficulty. We have a kitty currently around $1400 which I keep in an interest bearing bank account on behalf of the club. It can cover the print run for the new songbook and the other expenses coming up (hire of St James centre, website fees etc). There is no problem currently paying for venues. However as the Italo club wants to charge where previously they did not we either have to increase our attendance fees or find another venue that is free, or cheaper (but just as convenient!). The organisers are meeting shortly to look at this and other issues, and no doubt there will then be further discussions/options for the group to consider.

    3 · October 12, 2013

  • Andrew R.

    This meetup seems to have been running ok for ... 8 years. Which doesn't mean that change is not possible or probable. I'm sure the organisers will take note of this discussion. There should be a Fiscal Rectitude Ukuele Meetup (FRUM) somewhere in this town – bound to be; I'm not an organiser (and I've heard THAT before), but I'd rather be strumming than ... er ... frumming.

    1 · October 11, 2013

    • Susan N.

      Well, so would I, Andrew, but if people are out of pocket or URoC can't pay for venues or equipment, something has to be done to solve the problem. IMHO.

      1 · October 11, 2013

  • Michael R.

    Having just returned from 6 weeks overseas, I have only now been made aware of this discussion. I just wanted to point out that there are many more expenses incurred in running this ukulele club than simply paying for room hire. We have performers' and audience insurance, the website costs, Saturday afternoon tea is provided for all, we sell the songbooks at cost price and small runs may even balance out at a loss, visiting workshop leaders are paid a fee surpassing the total of participants' contributions, we have bought PA's, microphones, leads and some ukulele books and videos that are in the URoC library. I am sure there are more expenses, but these are where our surplus money goes. On another note, performers travel to and form gigs at their own expense, including interstate ukulele festivals and do not expect, or receive, any compensation. No executive member is paid for the many hours of organisational work they put in.
    That's my 2 cents worth anyway.

    1 · October 9, 2013

    • Susan N.

      Hi everyone - in response to Michael's post above, and speaking from experience as a former committee member of a community choir that has been going for 20 years, may I suggest that the time may have come for URoC membership to be put on a more formal basis: i.e. a membership fee. This provides a kitty to cover exceptional expenses such as those Michael enumerates above. A formally constituted elected committee and structure (constitution, agreed aims, a club bank account, financial arrangements should the club fold etc etc) would probably be advantageous too. If the club is to continue to accept invitations to play at external gigs, as opposed to a bunch of people who get together to play uke every fortnight, and which therefore incurs numerous expenses, I do think it needs to be set up on a more formal footing. Further, there could be a range of membership fees with those on pensions or other limited incomes at the lowest level.

      October 11, 2013

    • Susan N.

      I also wanted to say that the club might want to charge people for getting us to perform for them. Or even give a concert with tickets! Or none of the above. Whatever. But no-one should be out of pocket, and if a higher fee for the pleasure of playing at our Meetups is required, that's what we need to do. Just sayin'.

      October 11, 2013

  • John S.

    Having fun is priceless, meeting like minds a gift and in order for that to continue, we should all support the best that we are able.

    2 · October 9, 2013

  • Beverley F.

    Yes, thanks Francine, I am looking again at our expenses over the last two years. The only income we have is meeting contributions and the fees earned from performances. We dont have any joining fees or annual membership fees which does simplify things a lot administration wise. From this income we have to fund all expenses which as you noted includes things other than hire of the meeting spaces.

    Anyway there are a few other issues to consider eg whether we have concessions, and whether I can persuade the Italo club board to give us a better rate for our meetups than what they have in mind. Also want to run this by Michael who is OS.

    So stand by I will put up on the Discussion Message Board shortly a rundown of our expenses and income, and other information/options.

    1 · September 10, 2013

    • Susan N.

      Hello all - hope you will forgive a newbie gratuitously offering her tuppence-worth: in my experience money changes everything. Full disclosure and consultation are the only ways to avoid disgruntlement, so this is certainly a good initiative. While I realise membership fees are odious and a pest to administer, it is an ideal way to fund the expenses of the group. Fees could be graded according to self-defined means on an honesty system - e.g. $50 p.a. for waged, $25 unwaged, with provision for people to make additionally a one-off gift to the coffers if they wish, or to pay less if they are hard-up, with the agreement of the committee. From what I observe, people absolutely LOVE URoC meetups and when the finances are fully explained to them, there will be no hesitation about accepting the need for membership fees.

      1 · September 10, 2013

  • Susan N.

    I was sorry our meetup was abbreviated by the need for the performing group to rehearse during meetup time.

    1 · September 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry, that sent before I meant it to. What I wanted to say was that in the group in Bendigo the organiser announced that uke would go from one hour to an hour and a half, and go from $5 to $10. Was that okay? The more voluble people (ie, waged) all blithely agreed. The less voluble (ie unwaged) sat quietly. I had to stop going! The other problem there was that all the waged people went and bought a drink or two, some ate there. This made those of us who couldn't justify spending money in this way even less comfortable in being part of this weekly uke group. Just putting it out there. Think carefully and consult thoroughly. A secret ballot is over the top of course, but you get the gist?

      1 · September 7, 2013

    • Susan N.

      Consultation is the key, IMHO

      September 7, 2013

  • Susan T.

    I'll be in Exeter, sorry.

    September 5, 2013

  • Beverley F.

    Hello all
    We will be spending the last half hour of this meetup (from 8.30, probably up to 9.15 or so) on a rehearsal for the Enviro Day performance on Saturday 7 Sept performance at Queanbeyan Showgrounds at 11.30 am (see separate meetup notification). We will play through the songs for the performance which will be (order may change):
    Midnight Special
    Five Foot Two
    These boots are made for walkin'
    Bye Bye Love
    Hey Good Looking
    Sitting on Top of the World
    Return to Sender
    Blue Suede Shoes
    Singin the Blues
    Big Yellow Taxi
    Mercedes Benz
    Rain the Park and Other things
    Gonna Get along without you now.

    August 22, 2013

  • Michael R.

    Sorry, will be in Paris

    March 25, 2013

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