Here is a hippotheoretical question. :) Say your club only allows 50
members because of limited space and the property owner wants it only to be
50 people. Only about 20 of them fly regularly. About 10 of them almost
never show up at all to fly. Say you even have a couple guys who have been
members for 14 years and never flown or shown up to the field during that
time. Each year we have to turn away 1 or 2 people because there is no room
for new membership. What do you do?
Before you really attempt to resolve this determine if the property owner is
unhappy about the number of people at the site or he really wants to limit
the club. There is a significant difference as the former is a valid
concern and the latter is an entirely different problem.
Maybe you should significantly raise your dues. That will discourage some
of your membership, but many of the non-flyers will leave. However this is
not the only solution available to you.
You could limit the numbers of folks at the flying field at any given time
by some sort of 'card entry' system. When all the cards are out, other
members are not allowed. Put a board by the entry with numbered slots and
the members come in and put a membership card in a slot. When the slots are
full, you cannot come in.
> Here is a hippotheoretical question. :) Say your club only allows 50
> members because of limited space and the property owner wants it only to be
> 50 people. Only about 20 of them fly regularly. About 10 of them almost
> never show up at all to fly. Say you even have a couple guys who have been
> members for 14 years and never flown or shown up to the field during that
> time. Each year we have to turn away 1 or 2 people because there is no room
> for new membership. What do you do?
> Normen Strobel
The lifeblood of any organization is the people who pay and never use
the facilities, whatever they may be. Don't want to lose them. You
need to know, as someone already mentioned, if the field owner means
50 members of all sorts or 50 members who fly or 50 members at the
field at one time. Does he review your roster?
we have the same kind of cap on our membership
each of the past two years we have approached the 50 member limit by the end
of the summer
so far i don't think we have actually reached our cap
since there are several members that no longer fly and a large number that
do not fly often, our cap is kinda flexible based on how many people are
actually active and flying
it also helps that our land owner is our field marshall and one of the big
driving forces in the club
he is blessed with more than his fair share of common sense and sense of
the intent of our cap is to limit the number of active pilots to what the
facilities can safely support
since our facility is in our land owners back yard it is very easy for him
to keep tabs on how many people are using the airfield, and he makes the
call on the membership cap interpetation
the suggestion to speak with your land owner is a good one
since you only need a few more membership slots ask for the cap to be bumped
up by a very modest number
take your club roster and have the members names highlighted that have not
flown for 1yr, 2yrs, 3yrs ....
the worst that could happen is to be told no