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2 years 4 months ago #860 by Dick Witcher
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I don't really know the dates so this is just general history.
The club was started by 7 guys getting togeather at the coin-op show in Chicago. The first newsletter was about 5 memiagraphed pages. It grew pretty quick to as much as 250 members at one time. We had 4 newsletters a year & 2 swap meets at St. Charles. For a few years we even had extra meetings in the summer at Dayton, my house, Al's house, etc. After a while personalities got involved & arguments insued which turned off a lot of our members. The membership slowly went down.

We tried to increase membership in many ways. It was thought that making a web page would increase the attention for the club. At the time we were strapped for money but had people who held raffles & acquired donations to afford this new web page. Even so, the web page just about broke us.

As time went by we increased our funds & recouped a bit of the lost members. Then we had a few problems with the web page & found that it was not current. It cost around $5000 & this time it did break us. The percentage of people that use the web page might be 20%??? We were basically broke when we printed the last newsletter but I convinced Harry to print it. Just enough came in to get it done so we are now in deep trouble.

If you look at the figure we should just fold up.

Cost $300 per issue for the editor because we couldn't get anyone to volunteer.
printing & mailing $700 not sure maybe higher
web page maintenance???
meeting room $150 X 2 (This may have been free at one time)
total expenses UNKNOWN but around $4500 per year???

So then we have 145 members with 15 lifetime members = 130
130 X $30 = $3900

Solution;
Increase membership (todays economy might not be able to)
increase dues (I think most members would go for $40)
revoke lifetime memberships
get rid of web page (that would be a sin after all the money we threw at it but it depends on our yearly expenses)
charge a small fee for guest membership on web page.
Try to get some real advertisement or sponsorship for our web page & newsletter.
Get out an appeal to all members for voluntary donations.
get rid of our current treasurer. (need volunteer before we do this)
Change by-laws to include mandatory monthly financtual statements.

Most of this is needs the information that the treasurer has???
I will give up my lifetime membership & donate $100 to the club after we get the treasurer problem solved. I will take a paid full page add in the newsletter (provide it isn't to expense).
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2 years 4 months ago #861 by jdietrich
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When did the editor start getting 300 per newsletter?? She was getting 150 to 175 the last I knew.

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2 years 4 months ago - 2 years 4 months ago #862 by buyselltradecashregisters
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As far as I know the editor Nola only gets $150 per issue not $300
The club does not pay for the meeting room
The meeting room we use twice a year at the hotel is always free..

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2 years 4 months ago #864 by NAV
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Thanks Dick, you did an excellent job pointing out the situation in questions and providing a viable solution. I am in near complete agreement with you, except I believe the yearly dues should be increased to $100.00, perhaps even $200.00, a year to weed out the serious hobby enthusiasts from those who just hang on for the cheap entertainment factor. Transparency should be our #1 goal.

If it were not for your articles the newsletter would have folded a long time ago. Amazing how so very few people submit any articles. The club is fortunate that one of the members has an employer willing to allow his postal machine to be used for mailing out the newsletter. This costs the club .47 cents per issue mailed instead of $2.03 which has saved the club a considerable amount of money over the years.

There is still hope for the cash register club providing the concept of "business as usual" is put to rest.

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2 years 4 months ago #870 by Dick Witcher
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Without the treasurers report, I don't know the exact amounts of anything. You are right about needing a printed income & expense report. This should be published in every newsletter if we ever get one again & monthly on the web page.

I think if you raise the dues to $100 or $200 a year, you might be the only club with one member. Most of us including myself got into this as a nice hobby & loved the registers but all of us do make money by selling what we find. So finding the idealistic true collector will be rare.

You are doing the club more harm than good by fighting with Mike. I know I had a few moments where I was not as thoughtful as I should have been & hurt the club image.

Mike & Harry are both trying to get in touch with the treasurer & can't seem to get an answer. It is a volunteer position & we can't afford to vet each club officer so you get what you pay for. I hope we can get things back together.

I have sent an e-mail to Nola to find out how much it cost to print the newsletter.

To touch on the subject of members contributing articles to the newsletter, all of you need to start doing something. Years ago we had an editor/publisher called Jim. He really got upset because no one contributed articles & he wrote just about everything. When he decided to quit, we would have been done if myself & Joan had not stepped in. We have had a succession of people step in & I really thought it was coming around a while back but now it is falling off. I'm getting older & not doing as much like buying & repairs so my Dick's Diary is getting smaller. It is easy for me to do the tech tips as I just forward my replies to Nola & she puts them in the news. We need help. You guys always put stuff on the web page. Why not send it to the newsletter at the same time. Like I said before, only about 20 out of 150 members use the newsletter. I do get people that want to know about a machine & end up sending me hard copy pictures because they don't know how to post pictures. I probably get 12 calls a week from people that don't do e-mail but get my name from a friend.
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2 years 4 months ago #871 by Dick Witcher
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I said only 20 out of 150 use the newsletter but meant the web page.
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2 years 4 months ago #874 by ncrebay
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I hope the dues will not raise to $100 to $200, for I only use the webpage and read the newsletters, as I can't afford to travel to the meets at this time. I will go for $40 for the dues though, but not any higher.

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