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APLA to Raise Membership Fees; All members take note!!!!
Topic Started: Wednesday 9-08-2017, 12:38 (138 Views)
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Hi Members

Here is an extract from an email sent to me by the Secretary of the APLA Mandurah Branch:

"The main branch of APLA has put forward a notice of motion to be raised at the Annual AGM in Leonora in September. This motion concerns increasing your yearly membership fee.
"During last night phone conference with other delegates of the management committee it was raised that an increase to memberships be raised at the AGM and voted on.
Notice of Motion was to increase Memberships,
Individual from $70 to $110
Couple from $70 to $110
Family from $110 to $150
Pensioners from $50 to $80.
This equates to approx a 57% increase and will need to be explained well.
I think it is important to let our members know of the possible increase and let them have their say. If they are not going to the AGM let either you or myself know and we will vote for them by proxy.
It will be too late after they have voted it in."

This definitely needs to be justified so to all APLA Members...if you cannot attend the AGM pass your vote decision onto your local branch Secretary.
Cheers,

Ted


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Hi Members,

Here is a statement from our APLA President explaining the need for the rises in membership fees which I took off another forum.
I hope Les doesn't mind me showing it here.

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"There are many reasons why APLA must increase its fee by such percentage.

APLA was in a parlous state prior to two years go. We were losing members, we were losing money, the finances were a mess, the admin was disgrace, the website was also a disgrace and humiliating to read, the membership system was embarrassingly bad. At the time, the membership was handled by a business management company in Kalgoorlie and it was total mess that was costing APLA a small fortune. There hasnít been a substantial increase in fees for some years but our outgoings have increased. Read on.

After a massive upheaval there was finally a management change. There had to be. Not only was APLA falling into disrepair we were losing relevance, position and influence due to poor representation and internal fighting. The management was comprehensively changed about 18 months ago and here we are today.

The membership system and APLAís finances are now firmly controlled by APLA thanks to some real heavy lifting and sleepless nights by an APLA stalwart. He nearly had a nervous breakdown recovering the mess we were in. That person now runs the APLA website for us and is at present unpaid for that and the mighty job he did in dragging APLA out of obscurity and oblivion.
Next is the current Treasurer who has now almost completed the Herculean task of computerising the Treasury and the memberships. He hasnít been paid either as far as I know. I do know that he was often awake at 2.00 am sorting out members that had problems with cards, lost money, etc. That went on for months and I was part of that as well. The phone never stopped ringing at all hours of the day n night and weekends with people that had not received cards, paid 24 hours ago and wanted a card NOW. Next year we hope members realise we donít get paid a fortune for this work and we donít have an office with a secretary. I often work from the bush, with a dodgy phone and internet connection Ė like now.

Itís people like these, good people that put in the hard yards for APLA that need recognition, reward and recompense. Otherwise they become burnt out & quit. We then get another load of newbies and we make all the same mistakes again. APLA must retain the good people. We canít afford a fortune but we should be able to afford something more than a pittance for the hours that get put in.

The issues and the problems are increasing. When I was asked to take on the job of APLA President I ran a mile! But I was pressured by members to take over. I saw that something had to be done or prospectors would become irrelevant and ignored. If you donít have a voice, you are ignored and that was what was happening. I came on onboard to rebuild APLA and make it OUR voice to government, to pastoralists, to Members of Parliament, to government departments and private ďgreenĒ organisations. My take on it all? - we may not win every base but if we donít have a voice we wonít win any. That takes a lot of effort from the APLA team and myself to maintain that presence, that pressure, that relevance, that persistence takes time and costs money. I canít afford to pay out for air flights to Kalgoorlie or back to Perth to meet MPs and govt people, pay for fuel for 1000 kms round trips for meetings with politicians etc, wear n tear on my old 1998 Nissan Patrol, motel rooms, fuel, tyres. Would all those who have dissenting views like to take on these costs from their own pockets I wonder?? My time doesnít even come into it yet!

To do the job of APLA President, you need knowledge, depth of experience and history sufficient to challenge and argue successfully with those that are our opposition, those that would forget we are here and those that donít want us here. The incumbent also needs to be able to hold together a team of opinionated and knowledgeable people that often have conflicting views on many matters. It's not easy holding "this lot" together lol!

There are people on this forum who have benefited greatly from just picking up the phone and talking to APLA. From there, APLA either talks directly to the people creating the problem or has the right contacts to take it further with the people that can fix it. That takes time and a bloody huge phone bill!! Is that supposed to come out of my pocket along with the expenses Iíve mentioned above? I live on my superann & I can't afford that.

For months now I have made the APLA Executive aware that we need to look for someone to replace the current President. Iím getting too old for the stress and the time it takes from my family. I was only ever a ďstop gapĒ solution to an immediate and threatening problem. But the silence is deafening. Nobody wants the job. I wonder why?

The argument for the increase in fees is simple Ė the people that keep you out there and provide a united voice for you need to be recompensed for their efforts. APLA does far, far more now than it once did because it must. That effort costs money and that cost shouldnít be borne by those that put in the effort. APLA needs to compete with the increasing forces that we face and for that we need people and for them to stay, we need to pay them something.

There will always be the bludgers that benefit from the work that APLA does but don't pay up. We can't avoid that but I would ask them to have a good look at what they enjoy doing and then think about those people that enable you do go out there and "just do it" without having a care in the world.

There may well be arguments against the increased fees but I will give you an assurance that if no increases are forthcoming there will be at least one amongst us that will be reconsidering his position in APLA. ĎNuff said?"


Thanks Les for clarifying the matter.
Cheers,

Ted


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