Posted by Kenn WILLIAMS on Jun 17, 2024
Update on Sundowners … from last week.
For those who read my comments on the future of AxR Sundowners.. Advocate last week…..,  we plan to have a short session on this at our meeting tomorrow.
Feedback will be important to make sure that, if we are making changes, then it needs to consider how we can make the most of AxR’s underlying value offer to its members.
Our Social Committee can then take this on board to plan for changes.
Comments to date:
                * consider a late Sunday afternoon get-together at Tompkins Park, with dinner to follow as an option for those who want to stay on.
                * a really important function for newer members getting to know our club.
                * perhaps hold every second Sundowner at ie, Tompkins, with alternates at members homes. 
Pls come along and be prepared to join the discussion. Read last weeks Advocate for the full story.
Reducing the Cost of Annual Membership Fees.
Cited as one of the main reasons why Rotary loses so many members, particularly following the end of the Rotary year in June, is the ongoing Rotary fees charged ‘JUST for BEING A MEMBER’.
These fees are direct Rotary overhead expenses, going to both Rotary International and District, also Insurance and our monthly magazine.
One of our neighbouring clubs has slashed its annual Membership Fee for the coming year to just $60… yes $60!!
This has been done as an incentive to retain existing memberships, to reduce annual costs to members, and to help entice new members to join. ( they are also undertaking a major m/ship drive )
They are doing this charging a 5% Administrative fee against all funds raised,  and advising this to the public at all Community fundraising.
Currently, AxR offsets the annual Insurance cost ..  about $50/yr .. from our activities account. 
I think that it is time to dig a little deeper on the topic … reviews undertaken by clubs advising the public of a portion of funds raised going towards building a stronger Rotary, have not met with any unfavourable feedback.
What do you think?