Dear paid members of 2013.
As at least some of you are aware, we may have made a slight error in the past few months. In accordance with our statutes, membership only ends “…a. with the death of the member; b. with the member’s resignation; c. by termination via the society; or d. by complete removal.” As we ourselves have been at fault in not sending out invoices to those of you who were members last year and have not as yet paid for this year, the following will be action’d to remedy the situation:
1: Emails will be sent out to all paid members from calendar year 2013. This email will contain an invoice for continued membership in 2014.
2: As a gesture of goodwill, any paid member of 2013 will be offered the discounted membership price of €5 for the year (2014), instead of the usual €10.
3: Any paid member of 2013 who has already paid for 2014 membership will be given a refund to the value of €5, bringing their contribution in line with those who contribute now, or should they wish, a discount of €5 on entry to an International Almere event of their choosing.
4: Any paid member of 2013 not wishing to continue with membership for 2014 will be offered ‘amnesty’ from the 4-week notice of resignation, and be allowed by return of email to cancel membership forthwith.
For the sake of completeness, please note that this is applicable only to paid members of 2013 – not to any new memberships starting in 2014.
I cannot say for certain where the fault lies within the board, but as Director I feel it is my duty to shoulder the burden of blame. US President Harry S. Truman famously had a plaque on his desk with the saying “The buck stops here” – I think this is appropriate at this time.
On behalf of the board, I extend to you our deepest apologies for any inconvenience that this may have caused.
Director, International Almere.