Nikolai wrote: ↑
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:17 am
Uh, I never said anything about "chump change" ... I'm suggesting that we are privileged - compared to the average Joe - to be able engage in a sport that takes us into an amazing environment by incredible means that few others get to experience. I understand that to a lot of folks, even a Starbuck's latte is something that falls outside their personal budget, never mind $175 to do whatever. However, as you've pointed out, the most important chunk of the $175 (is it really only $50?)
By the way, USHPA hasn't published a monthly mag for a couple of years now ... it's every two months (but I still belong to the organization).
Somebody didn't get enough "extra sprinkles" with their Latte?
First, thanks for joining the conversation. No you did not say "chump change"... I just made the assumption that you were implying that it was not allot of money (chump change is the money I keep in the door of my truck to feed the pan handlers when I'm feeling a bit charitable... and not saving up for trip to Starbucks) .
True, in the big picture the money is not a huge issue, my rant on the HPAC is trying to bring into the light where your money is going and challenging people to no just be sheep and question what their association is doing (and gasp... get involved). Like the $50 portion of your membership that goes to insurance and the rest going to who knows where? (BTW.. I suspect if we really do maintain a 1000 plus members, the real insurance cost should be more like $37.00)
Yes, I'm just trying to be a PITA to the HPAC. I look at it this way, there are plenty of good causes out there, plenty of charities that claim to do good work but if you take the time to dig a little deeper you can often find these organizations consume nearly all of your contribution on paper with the only a tiny portion reaching it's goal. The HPAC is not much better, it is consuming everything it takes in and is not serving its intended purpose and we should be challenging its priorities.
Re: the USHPA rag, yup its every 6 months, which I believe I previously stated... as apposed to HPAC and its publication (E or other wise), Once or twice a year you might see a E-Newsletter , content all outdated and hardly of any value...
As to your comment about using google calendars... you missed the point I was making on the issue of expired membership. HPAC is in fact acting as an insurance agent, selling us an insurance product. The product is time sensitive (it is a annual subscription). The insurance industry are very fastidious about making sure that their customer is informed about making sure you know their product is in place. They warn you about expiration, they will inform you when it is no longer in effect. If HPAC does not maintain that minimal level of service to its members it will result in HPAC being negligent and exposing the association and its members to a liability. Renewal notification is not an option, it is an industry standard.
Of course, I'm not the kind of guy that uses or need a calendar... there is "today" and "tomorrow"... the rest is for optimists.