Greetings fellow Peninsula Toastmasters (members of this club only). Yes, its’ nearly that time again…The winter months are almost in sight, the heat is burning as August and your tan is begging for a break. I am excited to tell you that cool new things are happening at Peninsula Toastmasters. We are growing and improving services to the members and the community. Check out our Peninsula Google Apps! Free accounts for all dues paying members, free training and 30GB document storage.. We are using a full on, commercial suite of the software, that is the same as is used in cities and universities throughout the country. Thank you Uncle Google!
The six months dues. Things, as in life are always changing. Toastmasters International (TI, our parent organization) has raised their member dues to $7.50 per month from their former $6.00 per month. This is effective as of September 1, 2016. It’s the first increase in 5 years, so it looks large, but really, what can be bought for $1.50 in California these days? Likewise, our club dues must slightly increase (also for the first time in 5 years) from $2.17 per month to $3.00 per month. These dues are collected every six months and paid to Toastmasters on your behalf (as a member) so that the club collects, and then pays TI. Our new semi-annual dues amounts are $63.00 every six months, payable from September 1st to September 29th (I need a day or 2 to process and pay your due to TI).
The Dues Purpose. As part of our membership we contribute a little to our club and to Toastmaster’s International by our dues payments. It helps to pay for things like our ribbons, awards, attendance fees at various events for contestants or at times, officers of the club. We’ve kept the cost of participation in a WORLD-CLASS club to a bare minimum. $63.00 every six months (our dues) is less than you’re paying for your electric bill in nearly every house any month.
The Due Date. We are giving you plenty of time to figure out what works for you. The last day you can pay dues and be on time is 9/29/2016 (The treasurer has to pay Toastmasters International by 09/30/2016). With your help, we can be 100% paid on time. We really prefer that you pay online with your own credit card. It’s on the front of our website. See the front page right side? Will you be a leader?
Other Methods of Payment. Certainly we hope to make paying your dues as simply as possible. We’re flexible in what we’ll take. Credit or Debit Card; Absolutely, in person or online. Its all very (and I mean very) safe. I should know, I am an information security architect for a global financial services company! Also, personal checks and cash are accepted. Not the best, but if that’s your flavor, we’re here to help. Checks expose a lot of information including your name, address and signature let alone your bank account information and phone number. In person is great, but if needed, you can send through the US Mail. Cash… this is liquid assets and can be lost or stolen without much hope of recovery. Very low traceability. It’s not that safe in great quantities. Remember that cash can only be used for dues in person, no US Mail service for this method.
(10/8/2016) We had a 82% participation on Club Dues for renewing members. In fact, 85% of members paid dues by PayPal, whether online or in person. Nearly all paying member’s dues were paid and submitted on time.