[SCA-AE] NMS--wider consideration
jchakalis at admin.rochester.edu
Tue Feb 23 10:44:54 EST 2010
To be honest, I don't expect the corporation to make any change other
than to raise the surcharge. However, if they are looking at raising the
cost they could also look at changing the language and the rules if
needed to make an included charge possible. The $3-5 charge is entirely
corporate money. All that is really needed is a short form that states
attendance and then exclusions--members, comps (royalty, etc.),
discounted participants (minors, infants, etc.)--subtracted from that to
give a grand total and amount due. Because it is a transparent cost
(every dollar collected is passed along to corporate) the autocrat does
not need to line item the cost in their event budget, though it would
still have to be part of the final event accounting. It could simply be
a hard number at the bottom of the event worksheet so the autocrat
remembers to include it in their final price for the event announcement.
Tracking should not be any more difficult than what needs to be done for
a surcharge and might prove simpler.
Example... let's take event costs for a 50th year celebration: "Cost for
the day is $25/person. Members will receive a $5 discount after proof of
membership. (Or a shorter: Event fee is $25--deduct $5 with proof of
membership.) Age 12 -17 $12.50 per person. Age 5 - 11 $9.00 per person.
No charge for children under 5 years old." Simply listing other, lower
entry fees makes them de facto discount pricing and they should qualify
even under current wording.
That is a quick, first blush outline but on the surface looks easy to
The current system of adding the NMS is easy for our Tollners and
intuitive to our members. I don't disagree that the "more inclusive"
perspective you describe has merits, but it will involve everyone
adjusting their own mindsets. That's a long road and I don't know
where we would begin.
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