[AUUG-Talk]: Re: Membership Renewals

Raymond Smith raymond at humbug.org.au
Tue Sep 26 11:15:40 EST 2006

Hi Steve,

I cannot speak to the historical points. I only joined
AUUG in 1999 and have been active on the board since July
2006. So there is an awful lot I do not know.

On Tue, Sep 26, 2006 at 07:39:52AM +1000, steve jenkin wrote:
> Ummmmm.  Reasonable record keeping and archiving has *not* ever been
> part of the AUUG admin landscape... This problem is as old as AUUG.

This is a problem older than AUUG. I am sure that the
Cuneiform Tablet User Group had just as many problems
maintaining records. I have yet to belong to a voluntary
organisation that did not have some admin problems.

> - AUUGN hasn't been consistently collected and held by
its publishers.

I can't speak to this.

> - There is an enormous gap in the accounts.
>    Yep - one board lost everything... A few years worth from memory.

I can't speak to this point. But I can say that Christopher
Vance, Gordon Hubbard, and David Purdue have been doing
a great job of keeping our recent accounts in order.

> - And then there's the membership lists being kept.
>   There's no evidence that anything but the current members are known.
>   Which makes it a little hard to reach out and invite donations :-)

We maintain lists of financial, recently unfinancial,
and past memberships. The earliest expiry date for a past
member in my records is June 1994.

> And down here in CBR, there is the yearly bun fight with the shared
> infrastructure/ISP. For as long as I can remember, the AUUG renewals
> have not been sent in a reasonable time.

Sorry for my ignorance here: but what is the relationship
between the shared infrastructure/ISP and AUUG renewals?

> Summary:
> 	AUUG and it's boards, with or without a paid Admin, have been
> 	lousy with the paperwork.
> When Chris was on the board, at least the accounts and the membership
> list were in one place and findable...
Rest assured that there is one true copy of the accounts
and one true copy of the membership list and these are 
being managed by David Purdue.


raymond at humbug.org.au

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