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That stupid surcharge
Since I've been playing autocrat again, I've been forced to trip
across that ridiculous SCA tithe--$3 non-member surcharge. I've been
listening in on a couple of other lines and gathering some opinions.
Now, I'd like to know what the considered opinions of Atlantia are--at
least in this forum?
Personally, I think it's stupid--and should be summarily revoked.
Unfortunately, I don't have the authority to do that--so I'm looking
for alternatives. While it's too late for this event, I wonder what
you would think of some alternative approaches:
1) Make event donation only--no surcharge is collected;
2) Make event donation and dinner fee--again, no surcharge;
3) Put a bucket out for non-member fees--they pay into bucket;
4) Establish a "typical Atlantian ratio" and write a check;
5) Just keep doing it the same old way--pay through the nose.
The first two options could be rather risky--so I'm not convinced they
should be used. I would be willing to *try* an event using #2--but
only with consensus approval of my group.
Number 3 is rather novel. Put a helm beside the troll, and leave it up
to the non-members attending the event to pitch in *their*
contribution to SCA, Inc. No money--we must not have had non-members
Number 4 would be set by the Great Officers of State--probably Master
Thomas. Poll the groups--find out the ratio of members to non-members
at most Atlantian events--assume it's good and pay SCA, Inc. Of
course, that's assuming that groups would just take that out of profit
but my normal numbers are running about 5% of total attendance--that's
about $15 for each 100 folks.
Number 5 is just status quo. I've already noted I don't like that--I
never did. I believe Duke Anton referred to it as "blood money". That
title probably sums it up well enough.
So what do you folks think?