Merry Christmas OM/YL

Merry Christmas Canada from your RAC “leadership” team.

And here’s your present: Increased membership rates five days before Christmas.

Yikes. RAC, please you shouldn’t have.

I mean really! You shouldn’t have.

Now let’s face facts. Sooner or later every organization has to raise membership rates  and RAC is not immune to financial pressures.

But normally when you raise the rates, you at least take the time to come up with some reasons for the increases. Maybe you boast about some new services (whether real or perceived).

And even before you raise rates, you get member involvement in something that affects them so fundamentally.

You hold talk groups. You send emails. You foster discussion. Of course you have to actually talk to those icky members.

Raising the rates should have come only after group-wide discussion (maybe on a functional blog site or Google group but don’t think the old Sparkies at RAC have heard about Social Media yet).

But that’s not the RAC way.

Why involve the membership in an organization decision when you can just mandate it by decree?

RAC raised the membership rates because it could and did so five days before Christmas because nobody thought to look at the optics of this decision.

So Merry Christmas members and fork up some more dough.

This new RAC debacle really puts me in the Christmas spirit.

Remember how the Christmas story started….”now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus” …and look where that decision ended up 🙂

Merry Christmas everyone and here’s a link to the ARRL’s membership page. Maybe this is a present you’ll really enjoy.



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About Peter West

I am retired. I'm invested into bike riding, guitar playing, yoga and Ham Radio. I am a former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and public relations practitioner with national, regional and local experience. A long-time member of Toastmasters International and an active Amateur Radio (Ham) operator here in Canada I am taking on new challenges.

3 thoughts on “Merry Christmas OM/YL

  1. If this had been a ten dollar increase, I might complain. If it was 20 dollars I would definitely complain. However, for two dollars? You must have greater issues with RAC to complain about a two dollar raise in membership fees!

  2. Lance, what we get now isn’t worth what we’re paying !!!!! Truthfully, what we actually receive in services is really worth about $25, and that’s stretching it!

    I won’t be renewing again…….ever!!

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