Update on MARCH official membership and funding -- PLEASE READ
- Hi all,
I'm still working on bylaws and all that boring crap, but as far as
membership goes, we (the board) decided that dues are unfortunately an
unavoidable part of the basic fiscal existence of operating a club.
Everyone who already donated will be grandfathered in to 2006 membership.
The rate we established is $20 or a board-approved alternative (examples
might be donating a good-condition large folding table, being under age 18,
or other equipment/services that we need.)
Here is the list of everyone who's grandfathered in:
Bob Grieb (table)
Joe Giliberti (excused)
If I forgot your name, tell me off-list as soon as possible.
If you're reading this message and didn't donate yet, what are you waiting
for? Our temporary PayPal donations button is at http://www.marchclub.org
... if you have problems with PayPal then you can send a check to treasurer
Jim Scheef (email him.)
When we finish the bylaws and stuff, there will be an official membership
form which everyone will be required to fill out.
In time, membership will bring privileges -- reduced admission to VCF,
t-shirts, perhaps some InfoAge perks, etc. -- if anyone has ideas for other
benefits ideas, please email me off-list.
Meanwhile, memberships aren't enough to sustain us. We spent almost all of
the money raised so far on becoming incorporated. We had no choice in that
step. Our next required step is to purchase liability insurance. I did
some homework and got a good rate from the same place where InfoAge itself
buys insurance. The quote is $440 for an annual policy covering us for $1
million. I brought this up at the last InfoAge board meeting and the people
representing the other member groups said that's a good deal and that $1
million is pretty much the minimum we can buy for holding public events.
The good news is that it's payable in two or three installments. On the
other hand, your friendly officers aren't about to get stuck paying
out-of-pocket for this bill. So... I'm going to print some quick-and-simple
forms that everyone can use to solicit donations from family, friends,
coworkers, customers, parole officers, or whatever you've got. :)
Think about it -- If 15 of us each get five people to donate $10, then 15 x
5 x 10 = $750! That goal should be EASILY reachable within a few weeks.
And those figures are just a starting point; there's no reason not to take
them much higher.
This funding situation is URGENT. Without buying insurance, we can't have
public events like VCF.
If anyone has the interest and means to make a more serious donation, for
example in the hundreds or thousands, then obviously we are extremely
interested. This is a great opportunity for businesses especially. MARCH
doesn't yet have the ability to give tax deductions, but InfoAge does, and
we can arrange something where organizations donate to InfoAge and earmark
the funds for MARCH.
That's all for now. Again, please email me off-list with any questions.
Evan Koblentz's personal homepage: http://www.snarc.net
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