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Old 04-04-2006, 01:06 PM   #1
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Should a club use financial rewards/incentives?

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My question is:

Should a club use a financial incentive to get people out to work parties and reward those who do participate?

Please suggest your ideas in posts below on how to motivate members.

Also, if there is a financial membership reward given for work parties, how do you regulate it in a large club without it being a huge burden.

Thanks for your input.


EDIT - I guess I should be more clear in that the incentive would only apply as a reduction of the following year's dues and that the credit would be given for any work such as executive, workparties, CD, cut grass, etc.
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unfortunately the Law of Diminishing Returns usually plays the roll in most clubs "20% of the members do 80% of the work" I would maybe suggest instead of rewarding those who come out, penalize those who don't with increased membership fee.

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Originally Posted by Angus
... "20% of the members do 80% of the work"

I'm convinced that is true in most clubs!

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... instead of rewarding those who come out, penalize those who don't with increased membership fee...
That's what our club does.... we require 4 hours of "time" per year per member. You can CD an event, work a shovel on a work-day, pick garbage out of the parking lot, whatever.... just donate 4 hours of your time to the club or you will be "penalized" at $5 / hour not worked, being added to the following year's dues. If you choose to not join the club again because you have to pay an extra $20 then we've just weeded out a person who doesn't really want to "participate" as part of a "club".... their loss really.

Sure, it means someone has to track it... guess what... that person has just covered their required time (and then some)! It also gets posted in our newsletter so you know at a glance if you need to get involved somewhere!
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Old 04-04-2006, 02:41 PM   #4
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Our club (Humber Valley) doesn't offer any rewards programs. I've been told it was tried before and it created more headaches than it solved. With around 125 members the participation is adequate for running winter meetings, spring clean up, field maintenance and student training. A small, core group does most of the above and NOBODY whines so it's all good...for now.
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Old 04-04-2006, 03:08 PM   #5
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I think a fixed membership fee with a credit towards the next year fees (with a limit on the amount) would be more in order. A positive reward, rather than a negative slap, even though it comes out the same.
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No. The whole point of volunteering is giving your time for something you enjoy. I'd rather see my club's money going to fix the parking lot at the North (Drumquin) Field rather than going to pay people to show up to events.

"20% of the members do 80% of the work"
Not according the the poll I ran here a couple of days ago.
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Old 04-04-2006, 03:36 PM   #7
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With the swing towards electric models and parkflyers growing bigger and bigger, we need to attract members to our clubs, not push them away. Yes it may be unfair in "your" club who shares in the work load. I often find those that do most of the work are of course of the opinion that the other members are doing nothing. Even if that is true, try having a club where there are no other members, might be a little difficult. If you are a member that does most of the work then you should be proud of the fact that you are doing a great service to your club. If this pride is not enough to satisfy your ego then stop doing the work. Hopefully someone else will pick up the torch and run with it. Perhaps there are other members that don't feel they need to do anything because it is already being done, if that changes then they may feel the need to start doing what was once being done by someone else. Like it or not a club is a group of "individuals" all trying to co-exist in one place for one type of activity, trying to force anyone to do anything usually results in harsh feelings at best or chaos at worst.

Just to clarify, I have been a member of a few clubs and in the larger ones there was a clique of people that didn't seem to want any help at all. In the smaller ones I often volunteer my time and sometimes it is used and other times it is not. When I do do some work for the club I don't need to shout it out, nor do I need to get a pat on the back although that does feel good. I take pride in it for the simple reason that what ever I have done makes the club a better place for "ME" to fly at. This may come across a selfish reason but the way I see it, if I am not looking for the praise of others I am not disappointed when I don't get it.

This is not meant to imply that all club volunteers are looking for praise or acknowledgement, it has just come across as that to me at times. Kinda like "Hey Mom look what I did. And by the way Billy did nothing."
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In our club of about 90 members, 15 to 20% do all the flying but the same people look after the field maintainance. In my book the other 80 % are paying for repairs to the cost maintainance, taxes, fuel and tractor costs for cutting grass, building repairs, etc. So everything pretty well balances out.
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