<VV> RE: 100% CORSA Membership

Ron ronh at owt.com
Thu Mar 3 12:47:25 EST 2005

A very good idea!  Keep it goimg.

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To: <khammett at stainlessfab.com>
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Sent: Thursday, March 03, 2005 7:56 AM
Subject: Re: <VV> RE: 100% CORSA Membership

> Looks like two excellent ideas, one for CORSA and one for the local 
> chapters to consider. Maybe combine the two ideas? The CORSA board could, 
> as part of the chapter requirements, charge the locals a per-person 
> surcharge for non-CORSA members, which the local clubs would then pass on 
> as a surcharge to non-CORSA members. Make it $12 so that it could be 
> pro-rated by the month.
> That way, a local (for example my own) would charge members $12 (my local 
> dues) a year local membership and $12 CORSA surcharge, which would be 
> waived if the person was/would join CORSA. So pay EITHER $24 to the local 
> OR $12 to the local PLUS $35 to CORSA, their choice.
> -Mark C
> Keith Hammett wrote:
>>Maybe Corsa should consider a reduced rate for chapters that have members
>>that are not Corsa Members and don't want to be.  The reduced rate could
>>make them Corsa members, but they would not receive the Communique.  The
>>club could then require an extra amount that would equal the reduced rate
>>and then be able to obtain the 100% membership.
>>Just a thought.
>>Keith Hammett
>>Non local club member (not one close enough) :(
>>Member CORSA, Corvanatics
>>-----Original Message-----
>>A couple of weeks ago, when everybody was complaining about everything
>>they didn't like about CORSA and the Communique, there were some
>>comments about chapters getting all of their members to join CORSA -
>>obtaining 100% CORSA membership.
>>Many of you have heard this story before. If you haven't this may
>>interest you. Several years ago, our chapter, CORSA South Carolina,
>>decided what we would do to try to get all of our members to join
>>CORSA. Our board met and discussed this issue at length, several times.
>>We gave the topic much thought. This is what we came up with.
>>We felt strongly in supporting CORSA and getting our members to join
>>CORSA. At the same time, we had some members who were not CORSA
>>members. We polled them and found that some of them just were not going
>>to join CORSA. Some weren't joiners, some had belonged and just weren't
>>involved enough with Corvairs to re-join. If we required CORSA
>>membership, we would lose them.
>>Further, we were concerned with requiring new members to join CORSA
>>before knowing how much they liked Corvairing. We've had lots of
>>members join for, perhaps, 1-3 years, then lose interest and drop out.
>>We were concerned about meeting a potential new member and telling them
>>they could join our club for $15 a year and take part in all of our fun
>>events and meetings, and oh, by the way, you also have to join CORSA
>>for $35.
>>The solution we came up with was, first, to grandfather through current
>>members who did not belong to CORSA, with them paying a surcharge of
>>$10, because they are not CORSA members, which we sent to CORSA.
>>Interestingly, none of them seemed opposed to paying the extra $10.
>>Originally I think we had five of these non-CORSA members. Over the
>>years, all but one has dropped out of the club. I don't think the $10
>>had anything to do with their decision, they just lost interest in
>>Corvairs, and dropped out.
>>Current members must maintain their CORSA membership. This isn't easy
>>to police, but we do the best we can. We have had a few let their CORSA
>>membership lapse. When we found out about it, usually when the Chapter
>>Report was filed, we'd just remind them and they've always paid up.
>>New members are required to join CORSA within a year of joining our
>>club. Actually, the next time after they've been in our club a year
>>that dues are due. So if they joined our club in June of 2000, they
>>would have to pay our dues again in January 2001 as we all pay our dues
>>at the first of the year. By the time they paid for January 2002, they
>>must be CORSA members. This gives them some time to see what Corvairing
>>is all about.
>>This policy has been successful for us. We've sent CORSA some
>>ten-dollar bills for our non-CORSA members and have found a reasonable
>>way to deal with mandatory CORSA membership, without driving off new
>>people who weren't committed enough to spend $50 for CORSA and CORSA SC
>>membership. We have had some members say they didn't like being told
>>that they had to join CORSA - they might do it on their own, they just
>>didn't like being forced to do something. I don't know any way around
>>this, there are just some things in life we HAVE to do! But all-in-all
>>we feel ours is a reasonable policy.
>>An alternative to our policy would be to offer the $10 surcharge to
>>members who didn't want to join CORSA after a year. That way CORSA
>>would still get the financial support, we'd keep the member, and the
>>member wouldn't have to join CORSA if they didn't want to.
>>Bruce W. Schug
>>CORSA South Carolina
>>Greenville, SC
>>bwschug at charter.net
>>CORSA member since 1981
>>'67 Monza. "67AC140"
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