RSCDS subscription fees

ron.mackey

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> It is clear that that like all charities the RSCDS could do more with more
> money. It is frustrated/limited in pursuing its aims by lack of cash.
> There
> has not been an increase in subscriptions for quite a few years,so perhaps
> we should be recommending an annual increase in line with UK inflation
> rates, rather than go for the painful jump every few years?
>
> If we the members vote to keep the sub at the level it is, we must be
> prepared to say what activities we want the RSCDS in Edinburgh to stop
> doing. Stop producing a magazine? Cancel the summer school in St Andrews?
> Delete the website? I wonder what the delegates will vote for at the AGM!
>
> Fiona
> Bristol
> UK

Just had a thought there, Fiona. (no cracks please! :)
I belong to several of the environment charities such as RSPB as mentioned,
Kent Wildlife Trust, The National Trust, etc.etc. One of the things these
organisations do is to keep the subs as low as they can (although some of
their budgets are pretty impressive) and if they have a project such as
buying an important site, building an observation building, renovating an
historical site or such, they make a separate appeal to tell the members
what is going on and asking for dedicated donations in excess of the annual
sub.
The benefit of this is twofold in that the subs are kept down and it
invites/urges the dedicated and/or more wealthy members to dip into their
pockets in the way that other, smaller, charities do. I feel quite
confident that there are many dancers who would gladly stump up extra spare
cash for a scheme we thought to be a good idea. Possibly it would help if
they thought that they had some control of the destination of their bit of
cash.
One small example I can think of is to pay for music students to attend
Summer School or similar workshops. Perhaps a special additional amount to
help with expanding the teaching of dancing in Scottish schools - there must
be many out there who learnt to dance at school and have been forever
thankful since and wish the young of today to have the same benefit? We
already have a scheme to aid junior dancers to SS but I feel it could well
be aired more often to tempt those who pick up a bit of paper money they
find on the pavement and wonder what to do with it!? :)
Happy Dancing

Ron

Ron Mackey
London, Croydon & International Branches

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