A few more thoughts:
The RSCDS may be a charity in Scotland, but in the US the dues
paid are not tax deductible as charitable donations because we get value
for them (and may not be deductible anyway - I don't know about foreign
I probably missed it, but I would have like to have seen what the
Society budget looks like. How much of its annual expenses go for the
magazine? Do the Summer School and Winter School make or lose money? Has
postage gone up greatly? Are the computers being kept up to date enough
to be economical?
The comments questioning what overseas branches get from the
Society imply that we haven't seen how the money actually is spent.
The best way to justify the increase is to explain what costs
have increased, and what the increased income will be spent on.
The other problem seems to be that, with the current financial
pressures, many average Americans (and other overseas members?) are
feeling a financial pinch - just about every basic service I use has
increased noticeably in the past year. Like many Americans, my income has
not kept pace. However one feels about national and international
policies and politics, we have to deal with their real effects. The
exchange rates magnify the impact of the proposed dues hike.