Updated 24 Aug – incorporating changes to the proposal based on your feedback. Senior Member is now Adult Member, and the Veteran Household sub is reduced from $85 to $80.
The committee has been doing some work on the membership categories. We took some steps to make changes a few years ago to make it easier to join up children and to lower joining criteria from 3 overnight trips to two. We’ve had a chance to see how these changes have worked, and are looking to make further changes now to make joining and participating in club life simpler and easier.
This proposed changes will affect how much you pay to be a club member and what you are entitled to. So it’s important you understand it, think about it and let us know what you think.
Why are we thinking about this?
Making it simpler
New members who are joining as a couple or a family have a bewildering array of combinations of couple, associate and child membership options, and the pricing doesn’t make sense – for example, a couple gets more benefits than a senior and associate, but pays less money. You also have to delve deep into the Club Policies to figure out differences between for instance a Senior and an Associate, or a Child and a Junior. We tried asking some members questions about these sorts of things, and we either got blank stares or confident explanations that were completely wrong!
Making it better value for families
In the last few years, a thriving families group has started within the club. Family trips don’t use as much club facilities as other sorts of trips – families tend to have bought lots of camping and tramping gear and have people-movers to lug it around in, so there’s less use of club gear and transport for family trips. But the costs for joining up a family are quite high, and that means that the majority of people on family trips are non members. How do we encourage these people to join and nurture the WTMC’s next generation?
What’s the current proposal?
Simplify the categories
We propose to fold the current Senior, Associate, Couple and Child/ren membership categories into just two easy-to-understand categories –
Senior Adult and Household.
If you are joining by yourself, you get
a senior an Adult membership. If joining as a couple or family, you join as a household – 1-2 adults and unlimited children who all live at the same address. At least one of the adults needs to have qualified for membership in the usual way.
Veteran membership similarly changes to Veteran and Veteran Household. The privileges offered to Life members are also offered to their household.
Friend of club membership is retained for former members who still want to keep in touch with us. Junior membership is still available, primarily for teenagers with parents who don’t tramp, but until we build up a youth wing we don’t expect to see it used much.
Simplify the benefits
All members (other than Friends of the Club) that are 18 or over will have all the benefits of club membership. That includes member rates on club trips and at the lodge; voting rights at the AGM; FMC membership and a discount card; a copy of the Journal for each household; and after six months’ membership, access to discounted training and the ability to nominate new members.
How much will it cost?
For all but couples, your membership cost will stay the same or go down. Couple membership is still a great deal – it gives you over 30% discount compared to two senior members.
|Current Category||Current Cost||Proposed Category||Proposed Cost||Difference|
|Senior + Assoc||$100.00||Household||$100.00||No change|
|Senior + Assoc + Children||$138.00||Household||$100.00||$38 cheaper|
|Senior + children||$100.00||Household||$100.00||No change|
|Couple + Children||$123.00||Household||$100.00||$23 cheaper|
|Veteran + assoc||$80.00||Veteran Household||No change|
|Veteran + assoc + children||$118.00||Veteran Household||$38 cheaper|
|Veteran + children||$90.00||Veteran Household||$10 cheaper|
|Veteran Couple||$76.00||Veteran Household||$4 dearer|
|Veteran couple + children||$114.00||Veteran Household||$34 cheaper|
What happens next?
We want to know what you think! Send your comments or thoughts to the WTMC president at or speak to Amanda or Mike Gilbert at a club night, or join the discussion on the forum (https://www.wtmc.org.nz/phorum/list.php?2).
To understand exactly what’s going on, review the document that shows all the proposed changes to the website, Club Policies and the Club Constitution:
Membership Types and Categories – wording changes
Once we know and understand member thoughts on this – we will make any appropriate changes and present a final proposal at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in late 2014. (We need to change the constitution, so an EGM is required; but in any case, a change like this needs your participation and agreement).
Then in 2015, the new categories will be active and your subs will reflect that.
But wait – there’s more!
At the same time, we are also looking at the costs and benefits of the club to members and non-members alike. We’re asking two questions:
- How do we encourage people to join the WTMC, particularly people who go on trips with the club but don’t see the benefits in joining?
- How do we encourage WTMC members to stay members?
Everything is open for discussion – joining fees, conditions of entry, non member surcharges, what you get from WTMC membership, the lot. Put your thinking caps on and look to join that discussion in the weeks ahead!