Good pick-up the second 2010 should have been 2011.
There is no way to fix the asset loss this club has incurred, the boat sailed a long time ago regarding that issue. I can only hope that the club leadership and board members will now show some financial and fiduciary responsibility by looking at options to reduce expenses. If I seemed to be making "excuses" as to why I couldn't volunteer, my apologies. Here and now I state: If I can serve in some oversight capacity regarding cost control I would be glad to step up to the plate. Even if you just need me to make up a first class mailing list for "premium" membership, I will do so. I did offer suggestions on the reducing the printing costs of PW (paper weight, amount of print on each page, social issues just on the web page, solicit better printing rate, etc.) Time will tell if these suggestions will be explored. Get the costs in printing/mailing PW and make the convention pay for itself (another of my suggestions) and the club would be OK. There should/would be no more asset losses.
I do not feel that contact with just the board members, as you suggested, is appropriate regarding these matters, or the solutions to said matters. The membership needs to be aware of the situation and participate in the discussions. The losses and runaway expenses occurred in what I would call a vacuum, without the awareness of the membership. Some responses both on this forum and to me personally, indicated that there was a membership unawareness of this snowballing situation. Who in the club really reads the financial statements besides me. All that is indicated to the membership is what a blast was had by all (convention) and everybody should have been there.
Wrong perception Bailey. I'm not bitter at all. My membership fee provides me with the same membership benefits as all other members, unless some have gold membership cards. Maybe we should all get copper membership cards. Oops, another expense!!! Scratch that idea.
We as a club still have money. I want to make sure that the membership (how many???? I don't know, the actual number isn't published) will not see its assets depleted as they have been over the past three years. Also can our membership level (how many???? I don't know, the actual number isn't published) ever be published, does someone know how many members we actually have? Bailey before you tell me I'm repeating myself again, I'm letting you know i did that for emphasis. If we lost members, especially with the dues increase and cut-back to PW, the leadership better be forward-looking for ways to cut back on expenses. Perhaps I can be the keeper of the membership level, sounds like a job I can handle. Couldn't do any worse, at least I'd make the number miraculously appear.
Can we get pro forma accounting statements at this time.? Where do we stand right now income to expenses?
Bailey, have you posted on this forum asking the leadership to respond to my questions regarding current membership level, what if any membership losses were due to dues increase, production of present financial position (statements), tentative 2013 (hey I got that year right) convention costs/revenue predictions, solicitation of alternative printing sources and reduction in non essential PW content. You said you can contact the board, right?