Registered: Oct 2001
Well, most of you know my feelings on this subject. I have been promoting a monthly membership fee for members for over a year now. I was the first one to vote YES on the homepage poll.
I am all for the idea of having a regular monthly income for the group. This would allow us to pay deposits and upfront costs for events without digging into member pockets. Also, it allows us to have better fiscal planning, and a tighter grip on the budget.
Additionally, one of the perks to a membership fee is the fact that we could make more money than by just having LANs. For example, if I pay a membership fee, you get my $10.00 per month every month, but in my case, I may only be able to come to a LAN every 4-5 months. So, for my attending 1 LAN event, we have made $40 - $50. Now, this won't be true for everyone, but it will apply to some. Also, even if we have no-shows to LAN events, if they happen to be dues paying members, then we still have the money.
Please refer to my numerous previous posts on the things we could provide with additional income (i.e... member-only game servers, more big-ticket prizes, members outings to game conventions, etc....).
I am tentatively planning on coming down in February. If I can make it, I would like it if we could set aside some time for a Think-tank/Brainstorm session with the members during the LAN. Maybe iron out some definite decisions, and also assign responsibilities for those decisions.
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