The Importance of a Dues Increase
December 11, 2019
I’ve heard it said that you cannot make progress without making decisions. That holds very true in my personal life, as well as my volunteer life serving as your National Sertoma Treasurer.
We are at a pivotal point in Sertoma with new leadership, new ideas and a Board who is actively working together to help grow Sertoma. The need for a dues increase has come up again for recommendation. These recommendations do not come easily to your National Board as there is always much discussion. Do we need a dues increase? How much for members? How much for clubs?
Currently, we are proposing an increase for members. Our recommendation is to increase dues $25 per member effective July 1, 2020, bringing the national dues to $105 per year.
There are many reasons that we see the need for a dues increase:
- The last dues increase was almost eight years ago in 2012.
- The cost of living has increased an average of 2.9% since our last increase. Therefore, Sertoma’s operational costs have also increased including: the upkeep on our office, utilities, office expenses, taxes, insurances and other costs of doing business.
- To cover our expenses, we have used approximately $135,000 in each of the last three years from our reserve account. This of course is not sustainable, and unfortunately, we do not have unlimited funds.
- The Board and staff have been listening to our members. They are diligently working on new and exciting programs, but these programs take time and money.
Of course, staff and the Board continue to look for ways to cut costs and save money, but we need your help. Please vote for the dues increase!