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Re: Benefits of Paid Membership

Poster: "Heather Swann" <swann@intercon.com>

>  Poster: Mark Schuldenfrei <schuldy@abel.MATH.HARVARD.EDU> 
>   Has anyone mentioned that a major benefit your dues pays for is 
>   your kingdom newsletter?  I don't know about you, but I find out 
>   about most events via the Acorn.  Before I became a dues-paying 
>   member, one of my frequent questions was something on the order of, 
>   "Hey, what's going on next weekend?  Does anybody have an Acorn?" 
> Membership dues do not pay for newsletters.  Those cost extra, and 
> the money spent on them is NOT tax deductible. 

That depends on the level of membership, but it's true the cost of them is not 
>   No, really!  How do you find out about events if you don't either get 
>   or know someone who gets the Acorn?  If nobody had paid memberships, 
>   how would you know what was going on?  Most of the events listed in 
>   the next several months have *not* been announced here, and even if 
>   they were, I know bunches of people who don't have email. 
> It would be relatively easy to set up an alternate method of 
> distribution of the newsletter.  But the SCA Incorporated knows to 
> keep control of the carrot. 

With respect, I don't think it would be as easy as all that.  Besides, if you 
live in one kingdom, but go to college in another, it's really easy to get 
both newsletters if you want to.  
Having known many past members of the BoD and seen it in action, I would like 
to say I think it has been greatly misunderstood and spoken ill of in the 
NOTE:  I do not defend nor do I attack it now, as I have insufficient 
information to do so, but in the past it has had many hard-working folks on it 
who have tried very hard to deal with some really tough situations.  For all I 
know it may be full of wackos now, and if so, how sad, but frankly, I get more 
than my money's worth for the few bucks I pay in terms of subscriptions to 
> You are presuming that things MUST remain as they are.  This is an 
> error. 

What would be your solution to the problem as you perceive it?

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