To pick up on a couple of Malcolm's earlier comments -
I don't think the discussion of restructuring the Society for
the future should always get bogged down over the cost of sending
out books and bulletins.
I, for one, have never used the dance instruction books which
are sent - I wouldn't bring myself to actually throw them away,
but they are stuffed at the back of cupboards and I would prefer
not to receive them at all. NB I'm just a dancer not a teacher
so I don't feel I need my own full copy of dance instructions
(especially with music which I can't play!).
Also, I hardly do more than flip through the bulletin when it
arrives - in fact, this List is a far better source of fuller
and more up-to-date information anyway. So, I would prefer not
to receive the bulletin either, but to have its contents
available on the RSCDS website where I would be able to refer
to it but it isn't cluttering up my house. The same would go
for HQ Newsbriefs.
So there's some costs saved straight away. Even at present
membership rates, HQ could still have the same amount of money
from me and I wouldn't have lost anything I wanted in the first
Perhaps I'm not representative, I expect you'll all tell me so!
Malcolm's cost-saving suggestions mostly seem common-sense and
presumably can be applied whatever the new management structure
looks like - indeed, why haven't they been applied before now?
I would argue with one, however... Doesn't experience suggest
that adding an extra (regional) layer of bureaucracy would have
quite the opposite of a cost-saving effect?
I would support Andrew's outline of the Bristol Branch motion
for the AGM as a way forward for managing the RSCDS. I think
we should bite the bullet now instead of trying some form of
compromise/deferring tactic for a few years, during which
things may get steadily worse.