[Rustington] Help - Save Our Group!

Jack Cogman jack.cogman at btinternet.com
Thu Sep 6 06:57:35 UTC 2012


I will not be able to attend the meeting next week as I am in hospital. However, I would like to offer the following contribution to the meeting; 

The problem that we have with Arun u3a is that we are costing them too much. We therefore need to get some figures to find out how much we are costing them. We should then obtain a costing for each of the alternative options and make a comparison. 

For example, if you assume the current venue costs £10 an hour, then we will be charged a minimum of £30. If 8 people attend a meeting, then we have £16 to pay for this - approx. 50%. 

Alternative options are; 
 (a) reduce meeting to 2 hours or less. 
(b) find a lower cost venue. 

I hope this helps. 


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On 5 Sep 2012, at 20:20, Derek Waite <dcwaite at tiscali.co.uk> wrote:

> Following on from Franks' earlier posting, this is an appeal to all members of our group to try to attend next Wednesday's meeting as we need to have an urgent discussion about the future of our Rustington LUG.
> Just to clarify something that Frank mentioned, I did not have a discussion with Bryan Stephens, (the Arun U3A Treasurer), but was informed, along with the other members present at Tuesday's committee  meeting, that 2 groups were causing concern regarding the cost of hall hire against the income from attending members - our group being the one giving most concern!
> Bryan pointed out that although some flexibility exists with costs/income, our group has for some time been unable to cover those costs, and that the time to take action was near.
> We could either try to increase our income or reduce our expenditure - pretty basic economics I guess!
> I doubt that many people would be prepared to pay more than the £2 we currently pay per session, so I would say that's a non-starter!
> Perhaps we could look for cheaper accommodation?.......should we meet less frequently?.....or have a think about how to attract & retain new members.....why do we frequently not see new members more than once or twice?.......should we consider becoming a more traditional computer club, if we can't interest enough people in Linux?...
> There are a number of things we need to think about. I, for one, would be extremely sorry to see all the hard work that Frank (and others) have put into our little group over the past (nearly) 2 years, evaporate without us at least trying to prevent it.
> I hope to see as many of you as possible next week.............Best Wishes,......Derek
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