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Free Membership for 2018

Postby Train Spotter » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:34 pm

I read in some of the railway press that if you join the RCTS in 2018 you will get Free membership for the duration to celebrate its 90th year......

What about members who have been in the society for 50 or 60 years or even 5 or 10 years when are they going to get a free membership for a year???????

I cannot remember this been discussed or mentioned at the AGM in April
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Re: Free Membership for 2018

Postby prentonmember » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:33 am

An interesting question here, but giving a freebie to existing members is just not possible.

Look at advertised cruise holidays for instance. You pay the full advertised amount if you book straight away but later on when there is still some availability the price for that cruise comes down. Similarly, if as a football club season ticket holder you pay for the whole season's home matches there is no recompense if the club then offers cheaper tickets for certain matches.

Many years ago when RCTS life membership was first offered those taking up the offer paid the subscription offered. The price of that subscription meant that after so many years those life members received, in effect, free membership for the rest of their lives.

The 90th anniversary promotion initiated by the Development Sub Committee is bringing in new members this year. It is now up to the society and its branches to ensure that those new members renew for 2019 and future years.

However, there is a question that many branches will now need to consider about any of their new members, and that is where they invite RCTS members to give voluntary donations when they attend meetings. Should those new members be approached to give such suggested donations - sometimes at £3 a meeting?

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Re: Free Membership for 2018

Postby windsor_lad » Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:56 pm

For the RCTS to have a long term future it is imperative that we recruit new members. The size of the membership is also important to individual members as the more members we have the better chance the Society has of maintaining membership rates at an affordable level, as our fixed costs remain the same regardless of membership numbers. Despite various initiatives taken in earlier years with new member offers the membership has continued to fall. As it is the Society's 90th year the decision was taken to have a major one-off promotion to try to gain new members and all branches were informed about this just prior to the AGM. It is appreciated that the offer is not available to existing members but as mentioned above, all members should benefit in the long term via lower membership rates than if the number of members continued its decline. It is planned that in the August RO there will be details of how existing members can be entered into a draw for free membership in 2019 if they sign up a new member before 31st October this year.

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