As some of the more astute among you have already noticed, VHS’s membership rates are going up.
This was decided (unanimously) after taking a look at our budget. Simply put, in January 2015, our rent will go up by about 10%, and at our current rate and membership numbers, we can’t afford this.
Accordingly, our rates will go up to $30/$60 on January 1st, 2015.
What we have done, though, is put in a grandfather clause**. Anyone who is a member(either regular or keyholder rate) on or before December 31st, 2014 will be locked in at that rate.
What does that mean for current members?
Nothing, if you’re happy at your membership level. Anyone who is considering upgrading to keyholder should do it before then.
For prospective members:
Now is the time to join!
We’ve considered the implications of the ~4 months before the deadline, which is that if you want to become a keyholder at the old rate, you have to join VHS immediately! Remember that you must be a regular member for at least 3 months before you are eligible to upgrade to keyholder.
For current members, prospective members, and all other Friends of VHS:
Spread the word!
Tell your friends, call your mom, get your boss in on a Tuesday night! Without a membership bump, we’re still in trouble!
If they join before January, they still get the low low rate that the rest of us have.
If they join RIGHT NOW, they could become a keyholder and get the low low keyholder rate before January.
Have I given enough of a sales pitch, yet? Join us!
**The exact wording, as passed in the motion at the Quarterly General Meeting is the following:
“Members before Jan 1, 2015 will be grandfathered at their current rate, to be reviewed at a future meeting.”
The subtext of this clause is that if this promotion isn’t successful at pulling in enough new blood, membership rates could be raised for all members at a future QGM to ensure VHS’s survival. So again: tell your friends.