3. Why is membership $15 per year? What do I get?
We charge $15 because that is the affiliate groups’ standard amount. If you have attended any of our events you know that people pay their own way. The main exception is the annual holiday party. (About $500 from the Group goes to food and drink, historically). As you can see in the posted financial report file, most of the money we raise is donated to charities selected from our members’ polls. (About $1,000 to $2,000 per year, historically.) We hope to avoid switching these charities every year because it gets us on too many fundraising mailing lists. Because we use exclusively electronic communication there are not many other regular expenses, though $100 per year goes for the post office box. At the treasurer’s request, to reduce his load, we pay the annual membership fee of the group’s officers, but we do not reimburse them for their phone and mailing expenses, which of course have tailed off. About $50 gets spent on pizza and beverage for each bi-monthly Board and planning meeting. We welcome all members at these planning meetings. We hope you will come and find a way you can help us offer a program that increases our members’ satisfaction.