Thread: Membership and dues
This may be a sore subject to some as times are tough for everyone but this needs to be addressed.
All orginizations need commitment and funds to operate. That's just a given. We need to show the world that we are serious. Not many people get interested or remain interested in unorginized orginizations. Here is my suggestion:
Open official membership for a sum of maybe $35 for the first year, $20 for renewals. Name the founders as "Founding members" Throw in a founders hat and membership card.
The Hat serves two purposes. One, it helps advertize the organization, second it lets the members show their support as founders. Other hats and merchandise can be added later.
The membership card allows us to track our members and add funds to the kitty.
I am willing to act a secretary is no one else is interested. I have experiance in this area.
Other member benefits can be added like listings of shooting ranges in Maine, discounts at different vendors (Easy to set up), etc
AL (all comments and suggestions welcome)
"When seconds count between living or dying, the police are only minutes away."
I think that the first step is getting the name right, that's important, we need to finialize this soon. Next register as a business until the 501 gets approved. Then the founders need to step up and knock on doors. Tell friends, relatives and businesses that we support to give a small contribution to us to get started. Maybe we need to sell something. Hats, tee shirts, parkers, coffee cups, etc People don't mind paying a little extra to support a cause. That's how to get the ball rolling. Also think of being a vendor at rod and gun clubs and gun shows. That is the only way to get this going. If we can't get the founders to suck it up and get motivitated, then this orginization is not going to happen.
Time for a physical meeting or online chat session. Things seem to be stagnant. We need to elect a membership commitee, fundraising committee and stratigy committee. All these ideas are great but to make this work we need serious attention to the project. Everyone has access to Yahoo messanger. It's easy to work and wold save time and expense but not as effective as eye to eye contact and commitment.
Actually to continue with lepines 1 thought, we could set up time last Sunday of month for open forum and invite all members to attend just to see what comes of it. Good idea??????
Last edited by jonjon_jon; 11-20-2011 at 07:42 PM.