Club membership changes proposed
I have had a bit of a problem recently with this site taking up a bit too much of my time. In particular, the new registrations to the owners club has taken me away from what I am supposed to be working on. So it got me thinking. I thought I would research a couple of big clubs around the country (both of whom I am familiar with having exchanged web site links with them). They are the Vic XR6 and XR8 owners club, and the SA Tickford club. Here are some notes that I took:
Vic XR6/8 owners club
Joining fee: $15
Joining fee includes: key ring, membership card, 1 year subscription to their magazine - various discounts including insurance available to members
Tickford Club SA
$25 per year, no joining fee
Includes card, 6 newsletters per year, Car ID for display alongside car at shows, club apparel available, discounted parts from select Ford dealerships, discounts on tyres and suspension from select dealerships
By now you probably get what I am hinting at. By proposing a small annual membership fee, I wish to bring this club into the big league by increasing the information available on it, officially registering it, possibly advertising, trying to find sponsorships and so forth. Because it is a national club, it is a big job.
To give some idea of my recent and forthcoming expenses to the site, they include paying off the remainder of the discussion board's renewal (though donations from Brent79 and ozorion have been a big help), renewing Ford.i8.com for another 6 months to give people more time ($60), registering eafalcon.com URL plus a new generic one (about $15-20 each), a recent $80 up-front payment towards stickers, and so on. This, in addition to the lost productivity from my personal work. Basically, it is not sustainable.
My proposition is to introduce a system where new or renewed applications can be sent via snail mail with a small annual fee (undercutting our 'rivals'), which would hopefully include some enticing merchandise as part of the deal. Current members would not need to renew until, say, January 2003. Obviously the possibilities for future expansion are limitless when there are some finances to work with.
It is very awkward for me to propose this, but it had to happen sooner or later. I'd be interested in any thoughts.
Jack Travis, E-Series Acting President
1989 Ford Fairmont Ghia turbo/GL replica (underway)
1994 Eunos 800M
1990 Ford Laser S