Across the Board Part 1: Membership Secretary

The Battle Bridge 1985Membership is our strength, and that’s not just a cliché.

Membership is an important source of revenue for everything that Casino funds don’t cover—such as website fees, office expenses, AGM expenses, printing and postage, and volunteer appreciation (we buy coffee for the crews for each trail maintenance work party).

Keeping track of our members is also essential to our standing as a registered charitable organization. As stated in the by-laws: “The membership secretary will keep a record of paid-up members. This record must include names, addresses, telephone numbers and any other information required by the Board or the Alberta government. The record is open to any member upon two days’ notice in writing.”

The Duties of the Membership Secretary

In the time since Sandra Carruthers picked up this position, the membership registration and payment process was moved to the website. Today, members are able to sign up and renew themselves and pay with their credit card. As a result, Sandra handles only the occasional mailed-in membership forms. Most of the tedious work with record-keeping has been eliminated.

The main duties include:

  • Mail out membership cards to new and renewed members. The mail package may also include a guidebook, crest, decal, and pin, and a tax receipt for a donation.
  • Each month, prepare a report of the membership numbers, the revenue received, and the names of new and resigned members. At the same time, send to the treasurer a listing of revenue received and any cheques or cash collected.

The membership secretary requires

  • Access to a computer (either Windows or Mac) in order to log in to the membership database on the website and log in to PayPal. Spreadsheet software (MS Excel or similar) would be an asset.
  • Ability to attend most monthly board meetings

Come for a Visit

Why not visit the next board meeting on October 12? It’s the best way to find out what we’re all about.

If you have any questions about the duties of the Membership Secretary, Sandra will be happy to talk to you.

Next time, we’ll look at Trail Maintenance Coordinator.

 

Across the Board

Getting our feet wet at White Earth

Behind (or beyond?) the Waskahegan Trail, there is a board of volunteers who organize and direct the Association’s activities.

As all board positions are limited to four years at a time, there will be opportunities opening up for new volunteers when we have our Annual General Meeting in April 2018.

Starting this month, we’ll visit the open board positions to see what’s involved and why they matter. These positions are:

  1. Membership Secretary
  2. Trail Maintenance Coordinator
  3. Hike Coordinator
  4. Permissions
  5. Social Convener
  6. Director at Large

In the meantime, why not come to the next board meeting on October 14? You’ll leave with a good idea of what we do, and you may even find it enlightening. The meeting will be at Jerry Shaw’s house in the Allendale neighborhood in south Edmonton. RSVP to JoAnne (780-487-0645 or joanne.burek@shaw.ca). See the website for more details.

Next, we’ll look at the position of Membership Secretary, which Sandra Carruthers has served very capably for 4 years.

Important new changes in our weekend guided hikes

Our summer hiking season is just one week away. We made a number of changes that you need to know if you plan to join our weekly guided hikes.

#1 Where to find the one-page hike schedule

This spring, we discontinued the membership newsletter and replaced it with a new one just for landowners. But we still have our one-page hike schedule. Download the latest schedule.

#2 Change in carpool meeting point

Due to increasing congestion at the Superstore on Calgary Trail it became necessary to move our carpool meeting point. We chose two very convenient LRT Park & Ride parking lots.

#3 Change in carpool driver reimbursement

For years, we’ve reimbursed our carpool drivers at $5 per passenger. This seems hardly adequate given the cost of fuel today. Starting May 6, the rate is going up to $7 per passenger. Please bring exact change.

#4 Expect to see many new faces

In March, we started tapping into a community of thousands of people who are enthusiastic about hiking. We started a Meetup group, named “Hike the Waskahegan Trail”.

Already, 200 people have signed up to the Meetup group, and they will be joining us on our hikes to a maximum of 15 at a time. We hope that after hiking with us, they will want to sign up as Waskahegan members.

To bring our current policy with non-members in line with our Meetup group policy, all non-members will be asked to “pre-register” by calling the hike leader, or get in touch on our Contact Form.

If you are a member and you’re bringing guests, please call the hike leader or use the Contact Form. To make it easier on hike day, you can send your guests to our online non-member waiver form.

#5 Enjoy extra weekend hikes

Did you see that we added hikes on the first three Saturdays in May? This was mainly to accommodate the huge interest from the Meetup group. Depending on continuing interest, and whether we have enough hike leaders, we may be adding more.

Please feel free to attend either a Saturday or Sunday hike (or both!) and if you have any comments or suggestions, let us know.