Although we have two regular memberships most people would not read the entire bylaws. The web page of "why to join" is a little misleading when it comes to the extra card for a spouse and does not state that there is a difference between the first card and the spouse card.cyberchef said:I'll admit that I haven't read the bylaws on it.
When we originally signed up, my wife was told that by buying the "extra card" in addition to our "regular" membership, that she would have the same rights as the other members when it comes to voting and such. She specifically asked before getting the "extra card" to make sure that we got the right membership. If this is not the case then I think we might need to consider having a "family membership" which would allow spouses to join together and allow both to have the same rights without having to have seperate/individual memberships. I do feel that it wouldbe in the best interest of the club to encourage families as well as individuals to join and have equal rights in the club without making it seem like we only want thier money. I know with all of the clubs I've been a memver of in the past, we never had to join seperately in order to have the same rights and voting priveledges.
Voting priveleges do not come with the card. The card is merely for identification. It is meant to be worn as a name badge at meetings and to be used for discounts at sponsor stores. You don't have to have your card to vote and if you lose your card you don't lose voting priveleges.MsMafia said:Although we have two regular memberships most people would not read the entire bylaws. The web page of "why to join" is a little misleading when it comes to the extra card for a spouse and does not state that there is a difference between the first card and the spouse card.
The money or the bylaws is not an issue but the wording on the "why to join" page should be updated so that a person knows that the "spouse" card is not a "full" membership with voting rights.
I've been misunderstood,Rick O said:Voting priveleges do not come with the card. The card is merely for identification. It is meant to be worn as a name badge at meetings and to be used for discounts at sponsor stores. You don't have to have your card to vote and if you lose your card you don't lose voting priveleges.
wildemon said:You know Don that your wife is only upset about voting because you won. Now you have the burden of the club for a year.
Does Roger also have voting priveledges or does only his son? This is the clarification I'm referring to. I've just gone over the bylaws, as posted to the ARC website, and it doesn't say anything in the bylaws about "family" memeberships. It does mention the additional cards but does not state in writing what the "intentions" of the card are, but it does call them "additional membership cards" in writing.wildemon said:
As I am printing cards I am trying to designate: Regular, Family, Spouse, and Officer members. I do not have the original signup sheets so the best I can do is ask at the meetings to verify data. So there would be a code on your card whether you have voting privileges. Some, the Shindells for instance, have two $20 "Regular" memberships although she was not present to vote, and when Roger Mahler joined for $25 he gave his son voting rights.
If we can't figure out the solution, based on the letter of the bylaws, then an ammendment or whatever else it takes will happen to get it clarified.
Dues for regular and Charter members will be set at $20.00. Dues for student members will be $10.00. Dues for commercial members will be $40.00. Commercial members will be provided with a small advertising space on web site and newsletters. There will be no initial or yearly dues for Sponsor members. Commercial, Sponsor, Regular, and Charter members can purchase additional membership cards over and above the initially issued cards at the rate of $5.00 per additional card. Regular and Charter members may only purchase additional cards for use by immediate family.