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  • katfletcher
    Greetings to the Membership of the Society for Creative Anachronism from the Board of Directors: We come before you for consultation concerning the issue of
    Message 1 of 2565 , Feb 5, 2002
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      Greetings to the Membership of the Society for
      Creative Anachronism from the Board of Directors:<br>We
      come before you for consultation concerning the issue
      of a possible membership rate increase for the SCA.
      The SCA's membership rates have not changed since
      1994. During the intervening years, many of the costs
      associated with operations of the Society have increased.
      For example, rents, printing, postage, and paper
      expenses are up, and this trend is likely to continue. Our
      insurance costs will rise by 17% in 2002. The stipend for
      newsletter production was raised 14% three years ago with no
      corresponding increase in revenue; the postage portion of the
      stipend has been increased several times in response
      to<br>increases in postage rates. (Note that stipends are
      intended to cover the costs of producing and mailing a
      two-ounce, simple newsletter, produced<br>largely with
      volunteer labor. Kingdoms that desire a fancier or larger
      publication, or want to have the binding done professionally,
      need to raise funds to cover the increased costs of
      those improvements.) The Directors and officers have
      done their best to hold down the expenses they
      can<br>directly control, often by donating the expenses involved
      in performing their duties, but that is a small
      percentage of the budget, and of course<br>items like those
      mentioned above are to a large degree outside of our
      control. Membership numbers have not kept pace with these
      increases in costs, especially sustaining memberships, as
      can be seen from the fact that, while membership
      numbers are up, membership revenue is down. Membership
      fees are the Corporation's primary source of revenue.
      The number of paid members of the Society has
      remained fairly constant over the past several years. It
      is easy to see that when revenue remains constant
      and expenses increase, the financial picture is not
      good. Following is a<br>summary of revenue and expenses
      for the past five years (all figures below rounded to
      nearest dollar; % change compares 1997 to 2001):<br>[does
      not line up in this copy]<br>REVENUE 1997 1998 1999
      2000 2001 % chg<br>Number of Members 23,814 23,832
      23,802 24,400 24,988 + 5% (includes all membership
      categories; annual average) Membership Revenue $790,246
      $621,768 $744,279 $761,633 $750,701 - 5% Other revenue
      $145,932 $104,462 $94,277 $98,606 $87,741 -
      40%<br>(includes Stock Clerk income, interest and dividends, TI
      advertising revenue) TOTAL REVENUE $936,178 $726,230 $838,556
      $860,240 $838,442 - 10%<br>EXPENSES 1997 1998 1999 2000
      2001 % chg Kingdom Newsletters $187,409 $189,421
      $213,750 $209,789 $198,985 + 6% Staff Salaries $172,693
      $194,087 $219,253 $201,695 $221,680 + 28%(includes cost of
      benefits and payroll taxes)Corp Office Expenses $143,437
      $115,817 $141,355 $134,165 $155,835 +
      9%<br>Meetings/conferences $36,996 $44,566 $46,625 $37,176 $42,822 + 10%
      Board member expenses $4,230 $1,644 $2,625 $841 $355 -
      92% Officer expenses $18,610 $9,717 $12,195 $10,671
      $13,747 - 26% Other Expenses $267,794 $265,971 $255,808
      $257,638 $206,230 - 23% (includes stock clerk costs,
      insurance, professional services, other<br>publications, and
      capital expenditures) TOTAL EXPENSES $831,168 $812,222
      $891,611 $851,976 $839,654 + 1% NET INCOME(LOSS) $105,010
      ($85,992) ($53,055) $8,264 ($1,212)2001's final revenue
      figures are skewed because of a very
      generous,<br>one-time, unbudgeted donation of $40,000, which was
      earmarked by the donor for a specific purpose (so it is not
      general revenue). The 2002 budget<br>projects a loss of
      approximately $66,000.
    • bubdog101
      Message 2565 of 2565 , Dec 6, 2003
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        --- In scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com, jfreak_99_16 wrote:
        > Brand New to SCA<br>I haven't even been to an
        > event yet. Except for the onen heavy fighting practice.
        > I have no idea how to get started<br><br>JF
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