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re: AIS/OT Club Dues responses

  • Subject: re: AIS/OT Club Dues responses
  • From: "chadschroter" <chadschroter@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2002 18:44:51 -0000

    I would like to thank all of you who responded to my query, both 
privately and to the list. Since you all have been so forthcoming, 
may I detail our situation ? :) Our club works very similarly to 
those around the US, we depend on Iris sales for most of our revenue. 
Some would say we do too much work and hold too many sales - we 
purchase a LOT of Iris from grower's which are given away 
as 'doorprizes' or auctioned off to club members at bargain prices 
and this creates the demand for revenue. We have roughly 50% AIS 
membership and usually qualify for affiliate status, but we are 
always on the 'edge' of having to cough up the $50. This is a large 
club - I currently mail out some 76 newsletters (every month!) and 
have sent out as many as 125 when including guests etc. We try to get 
good speakers for our meetings etc....
    I think it is important that we are open to new members (and 
inexpensive), particularly the non - AIS variety, because most people 
seem to get hooked by coming to a show or visiting someones garden, 
and are not aware of AIS, and may be turned off by the cost. On the 
other hand we have the old 10% does 90% of the work scenario and it 
would'nt hurt to spread some of it around in the form of a dues 

   Chad Schroter in Los Gatos CA, where if you think the club dues 
are high - try to buy a house !!!

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