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by John Catt
18 Jan 2010, 12:54am
Forum: CTC Charity Debate
Topic: Overseas membership
Replies: 2
Views: 472

Re: Overseas membership

Beakyboy wrote:An overseas membership at a cheaper price than the full because the insurance etc. would not be valid, would be a good idea.

If it was a "virtual" membership - no magazine but a pdf and communication only by email, this might be a "goer" :) .
by John Catt
18 Jan 2010, 12:43am
Forum: CTC Charity Debate
Topic: Fundraising, grants, contracts etc.
Replies: 40
Views: 18014

Re: Fundraising, grants, contracts etc.

However, in my experience, the groups are very proud of their independence and prefer to rely on their own resources, resenting any overt interference or attempt at control by National Office. Do you believe all MGs should be independent in that case, or is there a place for a dedicated DA officer,...
by John Catt
17 Jan 2010, 9:30pm
Forum: CTC Charity Debate
Topic: how much did the Club donate to the Trust in 2008/2009?
Replies: 76
Views: 6875

Re: how much did the Club donate to the Trust in 2008/2009?

have the CASS calculations of Gift Aid been published? My understanding is that we have to sign up as individuals, and given the rather dismal collecton of e-mail addresses, this might be a step too far for Arvato - has any allowance been made for administration? Was any thought given to the Royal ...
by John Catt
17 Jan 2010, 9:16pm
Forum: CTC Charity Debate
Topic: Membership, Groups, services etc.
Replies: 22
Views: 12981

Re: Membership, Groups, services etc.

Management has been neglecting the club for years while chasing work for the trust. Might I recommend a read of the thread on membership services - and if you want a copy of the report I can e-mail it to you. Even if this is so it is not relevant to the argument as to whether we become a combined o...
by John Catt
17 Jan 2010, 9:06pm
Forum: CTC Charity Debate
Topic: Fundraising, grants, contracts etc.
Replies: 40
Views: 18014

Re: Fundraising, grants, contracts etc.

The link he provided also says Member groups can currently claim 0.5% of the adult membership fee for each member assigned to their group by postcode or who opts to move their membership to another group. (regardless of participation rates) . Do MG/DAs know the procedures then? Do we know why only ...
by John Catt
17 Jan 2010, 8:57pm
Forum: CTC Charity Debate
Topic: The proposals, benefits, drawbacks etc.
Replies: 271
Views: 46748

Re: The proposals, benefits, drawbacks etc.

.......and to state the obvious - if you can turn the Club in to a Charity - why the takeover? I've read the draft mems and arts, John, and I read the version before that. It's as plain as a pikestaff that the 'charitable purposes' are the first priority I would have thought it quite obvious. One o...
by John Catt
17 Jan 2010, 7:22pm
Forum: CTC Charity Debate
Topic: The proposals, benefits, drawbacks etc.
Replies: 271
Views: 46748

Re: The proposals, benefits, drawbacks etc.

John - I'm taken aback by the assertion that most of our member benefits are charitable 1. Which benefits? 2. Why? 3. Why are the revised Mems and Arts careful to make benefits discretionary? I'm aware that there is speculation on the CTC website about this, but it all looks a bit far-fetched to me...
by John Catt
17 Jan 2010, 7:21pm
Forum: CTC Charity Debate
Topic: The proposals, benefits, drawbacks etc.
Replies: 271
Views: 46748

Re: The proposals, benefits, drawbacks etc.

John - I'm taken aback by the assertion that most of our member benefits are charitable 1. Which benefits? 2. Why? 3. Why are the revised Mems and Arts careful to make benefits discretionary? I'm aware that there is speculation on the CTC website about this, but it all looks a bit far-fetched to me...
by John Catt
16 Jan 2010, 11:40pm
Forum: CTC Charity Debate
Topic: The proposals, benefits, drawbacks etc.
Replies: 271
Views: 46748

Re: The proposals, benefits, drawbacks etc.

I was always under the assumption that the CTC was an organisation primarily to benefit it's members. That's certainly why my father joined in the 30's and why I joined when I took up cycling recently. Trusts are useful devices for certain activities, but members are not allowed to directly benefit...
by John Catt
16 Jan 2010, 11:14pm
Forum: CTC Charity Debate
Topic: how much did the Club donate to the Trust in 2008/2009?
Replies: 76
Views: 6875

Re: how much did the Club donate to the Trust in 2008/2009?

John Catt The following is from your link above, (which is why I have addressed this to you.) The average subscription rate for 2008/09 was £24.36. Do you know how that is calculated? Is it simply total subscription income ÷ total membership? It does seem to be a lot nearer to the reduced rate than...
by John Catt
16 Jan 2010, 5:44pm
Forum: CTC Charity Debate
Topic: Membership, Groups, services etc.
Replies: 22
Views: 12981

Re: Membership, Groups, services etc.

it has everything to do with it. This is where we started. The Trust has swallowed management time, while the Club has been neglected. The Council needs to get their head around this - stop, consider, work out what's gone wrong, fix it, make an offer that members can back. The issue of whether or n...
by John Catt
16 Jan 2010, 5:40pm
Forum: CTC Charity Debate
Topic: The proposals, benefits, drawbacks etc.
Replies: 271
Views: 46748

Re: The proposals, benefits, drawbacks etc.

The same way we get members to participate in other surveys, such as the one about the website, the regular membership surveys from the past, and the current one about lorries. In fact past membership surveys are used as arguments in favour of becoming a charity, based on the result that most membe...
by John Catt
16 Jan 2010, 5:28pm
Forum: CTC Charity Debate
Topic: Fundraising, grants, contracts etc.
Replies: 40
Views: 18014

Re: Fundraising, grants, contracts etc.

Sorry, but that's disingenuous. Discretionary grants are for projects, not communicating with members. As far as I am aware there is no obstacle to a group applying for a grant to contact its members if it want to try and get more of them out on their bikes and they are short of funds. Particularly...
by John Catt
16 Jan 2010, 5:25pm
Forum: CTC Charity Debate
Topic: Fundraising, grants, contracts etc.
Replies: 40
Views: 18014

Re: Fundraising, grants, contracts etc.

It would be interesting to see what percentage of MG/DA funds go on marketing. Presently we are told a small ratio of CTC members attend group activities and I would imagine personnel turnover in groups is low - both incoming and outgoing. It continues to intrigue me that low participation is accep...
by John Catt
16 Jan 2010, 12:45pm
Forum: CTC Charity Debate
Topic: how much did the Club donate to the Trust in 2008/2009?
Replies: 76
Views: 6875

Re: how much did the Club donate to the Trust in 2008/2009?

Part of the problem with my understanding of the picture is that CTC donates to the Trust, who then provide CTC with staff and services. It's a confusing mess: it looks like the majority of membership fees get spent on charity work, but in fact a lot of the money donated to the Trust is spent on me...