Electronic membership rate and other EAC issues!!
Hate to resurrect a sleeping dog but we need to have this option available and we need to revise how PW is printed. We do not need 100lb glossy paper nor do we need to list attendees to each event. If you want your name in PW, write an article or buy an ad. Local meetings can be posted on the website. Let's publish a leaner, meaner PW. If people do not want to be involved anymore because of change, then let them step aside. There are many publishing programs available. Is this printer doing right by us? Has the board done due diligence and sent the printing for PW out for bids, each year? Or are we just leaving it as status quo. Those of you who want to save PW for the ages, laminate each page of your issue, just make sure you use non PVC laminate. PW is not our contribution to man's genius.
In 2009 it cost $46,000 to print and mail PW. Dues brought in $31,000
In 2010 it cost $52,000 to print and mail PW. Dues brought in $34,000
In 2010 it cost $36,000 to print and mail PW. Dues brought in $32,000
Are we going to pull even?????
How about a preliminary Treasurer's report as of Oct. 31 st. have we turned the corner????
Why don't we as other organizations publish how many members we have, how many joined and were accepted, and what the new membership total is in each issue of PW. This "about the same" member accounting just doesn't cut it.
Looking further into the financial fiasco we lost over $60,000 from our base savings. Who was watching the hen house, when the fox was lurking about? Officers and board members have to be forward looking and not depend on hindsight to correct problems. Is no one taking responsibility for these losses??
Did anybody investigate what happened with the 2010 convention costs? I looked at the financial statement numbers and came up with the following:
Income from bourse fees, EAC sale,reception $35,000
Expenses:Security $9,800; Cases $2,300; Hotel charges $24,000: reception $7,400
The total is approx. $43,600. (net loss ~ $8,500)
We as members need to hold our officers/board members responsible for the quagmire they walk us into. We should not just let them increase the burden on our back with a dues increase to cover up their errors. We should neither have the membership as a whole support the few (% wise) who go to the convention. There should be written in the bylaws that the convention MUST be self supporting. We could if we were more financially secure offer free CDs of PW, but $8,600??? Come on let's institute fiscal responsibility, which doesn't always mean a revenue increase, look also at the expense side.
I still do not have the confidence in the present leadership that the situation is resolved. There is too much dependence on this dues increase alone. How many members have we lost due to this new dues level. We should know by now, and that information should have been printed in this latest issue of PW, the one I got a month after it was mailed. Do we have to wait until next July to find out?? Let's base any further financial decisions on what membership we have.