: >>> Join MERG ! Model Electronic Railway Group.
: >> Be careful joining MERG now..
: >> My experience is that its a money grab thru subscriptions.
: >> now supposedly with a 12 month sub at £18-ish , and in April
: >> terminate that sub, telling you that a renewal is due as all
: >> start in April.. Complain and they send you an £8 'voucher'
: >> be used against purchase of their kits ( if thats what you
: >> there is no alternative.) . They were still selling annual
: >> subscriptions at Warley NEC for £18 that last 5 months
: >> denying that all subs are renewed in April...
: >> Then the Treasurer suddenley doesn't respond to emails and
: >> ... Be warned.
: > Someone or some people will end up answering to a small
: > court, if not trading standards, if they are not careful,
: > they are trying to pull a stunt like that!
: Annual subscriptions, taken for new members part way through a
: normal in all sorts of fields (*). Join part way through the
year and you
: get a renewal after a few weeks/months at their annual renewal
date, and no
: discount/refund for the part-year.
No, they should be offering a pro-ratter rate or having a rolling
membership renewal, anything else is fraud! As I said, they could
simply deduct the unused months from the first year from the
first renewal, that way (although not ideal) the member is just
paying part of the second year in advance. It still doesn't
: Some organisations do operate an "overlap" date, where joining
say, 2 months
: before the year end, will get you 14 months membership, but
that costs the
: existing members money in subsidising the new member for 2
Bollocks does it. Any out of pocket expense (such as for 'Hand
Books and Data Sheets') are what the joining fee is for - so
unless the group/club use paid staff for admin, and in that case
they should be able to provide rolling membership dates...
: Quite frankly, for most small/medium societies, a rolling
: would be administratively difficult,
Bollocks is it, unless of course they do not use a computerised
membership database, unlikely even in the smallest of clubs these
and probably impossible to get
: volunteers to run the arrangement; an annual renewal results in
: weeks of intensive work and then its all done for another year.
Rather than an hour or so of casual work a week/month...