[NAFEX] membership decline
debs at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 3 10:58:15 EDT 2007
I have three organizations I used to belong to that I no longer join. Biggest reason is that I have to hassle with printing out a membership form and sending a check! The one organization I am still a member of allows me to renew online using a credit card/debit card or Paypal.
I'd guess that 75% or more of any organizations members ONLY PAY DUES and do not do anything much else. So discounting those folks as meaningless, is rather silly as that is a big chunk of money to keep the organization running. Those of us "lurking" members, are happy to support the group if it's made simple to do so.
I also think that many organizations do not do a good job with websites. I am much more likely to be involved with an organization that has a high quality/high content well-functioning website. I would even prefer it to a paper newsletter. One of my former organizations decided to make their quarterly publication a glossy, full color deal. I skim it and toss it. I'd rather get it online and have it available on their (bare bones NOT glossy) website where I could access it when I want it without having to find a place to store it.
Now the NAFEX Pomona is a lot of fun to get, but it would be tons more useful if it was accessible online to members with a searchable index. You give me all the back issues of Pomona online in this manner and let me renew online and I would pay a good sized membership fee to get this!
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