We, your officers, have just completed closing the financial books for 2016 with the bottom line being the club incurring $500+ more costs than income. The major reason for this is higher electrical and lease costs imposed by the City of Richland (Note: Irrigation water, electricity, and field maintenance are the primary costs sources), and some of our income producing events performed at a significant lower income than projected resulting.
To help resolve this deficit issue we only have two choices which are, to have more income producing events and/or increase membership dues. Our membership participation to support events has been very limited in the recent past and those members that do support income producing events cannot be asked to do more (although I will keep looking for opportunities that do no require significant membership support). Our field maintenance team does a tremendous job and spends countless hours keeping our field magnificent.
Doug and I conducted a survey of dues charged by other regional radio control model aviation clubs with TCRCM being significantly lower than most. The increase in dues is the only solution to keep TCRCM financially solvent. Your club officers requests that you, the membership, support the following change in dues for 2017:
- Delete the Senior membership special rate, with all adult members now classified as "General Members" with a rate of $75 per year.
- Increase the family rate to $100 per year.
Also, in the near-term I will draft a revision to the TCRCM By-Laws to submit to our Board of Directors to formalize the above. The By-Laws were prepared decades before club had to pay for irrigation water and electricity that was imposed by the City of Richland in 2012.
I do want to apologize for this very late notice to the membership for such an important change and do request your support and understanding.