March 25, 2023 at 3:03 PM #17600
My question to the current BOD is
When did the club do away with the Associate Membership? Since there are no meeting minutes posted anywhere I would like to know.
I’m a current member of both CSS, USHPA and current President of USTA, but haven’t flown in awhile and thought it might be more affordable to become an Associate member until I start flying again.March 25, 2023 at 3:48 PM #17601
As far as I know, the Associate membership was for spouses and family members living under the same roof, only. For example if you, or Heather, had a General membership, the other person would be able to join the club as an Associate member for half the price.
Unfortunately there was a lot of abuse of this membership by people who did not have a spouse or family member with a General membership, so there was discussion of either finding a way to make sure this rule was followed, or the Associate membership gotten rid of. There would have to be a way to verify each person as a spouse or family member of a General member.
I’m not on the Board currently, so I don’t know all the details, but that’s what I suspect happened with it. Maybe it’s just temporary until they figure out a better way to implement it on the website. 🤷♀️March 25, 2023 at 4:05 PM #17602
How was it abused and when was it done away with BOD?
Thank you for the info JanaMarch 25, 2023 at 4:34 PM #17603
A lot of people bought the Associate membership without having a spouse or family member who was already a General member. So, instead of paying the $100-$125 yearly General membership like they were supposed to, they’d pay $50 and call it good. It got to the point where we had around 30 Associate members, of whom only like 5 were legitimate.
I don’t know exactly when it was removed from the website. It’s possible that it might still be available, but you have to prove you live in the same household as a General member.March 25, 2023 at 5:03 PM #17604
So if the club had a Site Monitor that maybe wouldn’t have happened?March 25, 2023 at 5:11 PM #17605
Being able to buy membership quickly via a website is a relatively new perk, so there are still a few wrinkles to work out. Having a monitor was discussed many times, but I can’t remember the exact reason why we don’t have one. Maybe someone else who knows better can chime in.
I’ll put it out there that if anyone is willing to volunteer to be a monitor on busy weekends, especially in summer, I don’t think there will be much opposition to it.
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