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What is your clubs dues structure?


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Old 10-16-2016, 07:41:50 PM
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Our dues structure has not changed in the 12 or 15 years my wife and I have been members. Our board would like to know what other clubs are doing.I think we are a big club. We have over 1500 memberships most of which are couples or families. We mail a newsletter every other month. We have our own grounds of over 200 acres. At our past Rally we gave out 2800 plastic wrist bands good all 4 days to our members. We sold over 8000 admissions at $7 to the public. We put 800 free wrist bands on children with parent's cell phone number.

Annual dues are $10, family $16
Ten year is $80, this can be single or family
Life is $200 can be single or family

Must be a member to camp, display, pull or flea marketer
Membership year is Jan thru Dec. Many don't pay until Rally Time.
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Default Re: What is your clubs dues structure?

sounds super great. some clubs become conceited and greedy,run off their help, and wonder what went wrong. keep up the great work.
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i belong to 2 different clubs one the yearly dues are 5.00 the other the yearly dues are 10.00 you get insurance for the club shows and a news letter once a year
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I would appreciate a few more replies about your club's dues structure. I realize that some of you belong to multiple clubs, and go to multiple shows.

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Default Re: What is your clubs dues structure?

Ours is on the high end at $25.00 a year membership having been raised higher and higher over the years as we lost members. It's hard to convince them that the higher dues are part of the reason we have fewer members.

That $25.00 is the same for a Single membership or a Family membership.

Years ago memberships were cheaper than gate admission and we had around 7 or 8 hundred members early on in the clubs history. Then someone decided we were letting too many people in the gate for free with the memberships and raised the membership dues higher. What they didn't realize was that there were a lot of members that paid their dues every year whether they came to the show every year or not and some of those people dropped their memberships when it went up, and simply paid the now lower gate admission If/When they came.

As the 'income' dropped the dues were raised again and then many more people that were members decided not to spend the money on membership dues if they could get in the gate for free as an Exhibitor.

In the end all it did was make the small crowd of WORKING Members pay that much more to go out and Work For Free while everyone merely showed up, unloaded their engines and visited with their friends for the weekend, then loaded up and went home while we spent a few more days working for free to clean up after the show.

I like that membership dues structure that you show there Dave.

If your club does decide to raise them I would try to keep them down as low as possible, like maybe $12.00 or $15.00 at the most for a single and $20.00 for a family.

Keeping it lower than daily gate admission encourages memberships and more people will keep them up annually even during the years they might not make it to the show.

If only I could convince our own club of that.

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Thanks for your reply Otto. I wish a few more would respond

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I am willing to pay $10 to join so I can show but I REALLY appreciate clubs like Cool Springs and Rough & Tumble that feel they should not charge people who bring a display because they are the show.

For Rough & Tumble I spend about $70 for gas getting there and back and $300 for motel room for three nights. Another $10 to $20 wouldn't break the deal but instead I get free coffee and a donut every morning and a thank you.

That feels real good. So good I usually join and buy a T-Shirt.

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Its tough to find that balance for membership fees, its what we need to keep operating , but don't want to chase members away . It costs me an easy few hundred to mobilize to get to my show grounds . so a coffee would be nice.

I feel we all need to promote our hobby and get more people involved , I am going to propose that a member can give out gift memberships during the holidays for $ 20.00, (our dues are 30.00 , 500.00 life. ) I feel it might work like an apple seed program , I try and send out two a year now , it would let me do a third , and yes people keep renewing on their own ..

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