What to do if your club hoards money

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  1. BananaRepublic

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    I joined a camera club originally, as a noob, to learn more about photography, skills, genres etc from others and what I have since learned I have thought myself purely in an effort to out manoeuvre others. You might turn around and tell me that thats a common theme across al clubs no matter where or how big they are.

    The thing is now the club has allot of members and ergo large stash of money to go with that and for some reason I dont understand the refuse to spend it in areas where it could be spent to improve the thing overall for everybody. Yes the club organises expensive photoshop courses the cost of which the club covers 10 % of, a pure waste of money to all concerned if you ask me, but thats largely it in terms of benefits for people. The latest fashion amongst people is to buy D750s hot off the shelves I dont know why or see the reason but there doing it and I think people will quickly get browned off when there is nobody to help them turn it on. Is it best to leave the thing fall apart or attempt to steer it someway. :tapedshut:


     
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    How are the decisions to spend or not spend money made? In the groups (non-photo related) I belong to, decisions up to $XXXX are made by the executive, and over that ceiling, by the membership as a whole. Assuming that it's following democratic process, you have a couple of choices: (1) Be quiet and live with it; the majority rules; or (2) seek a seat at the executive table and attempt to influence the decisions in the direction you feel best.
     
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    Without really knowing the structure of the organization and what mandate if any it may have the above is really the best advice that can be given.
     
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    Yes I have considered and would like a seat however:
    A) I find that middle and minor positions are preallocated almost by popularity, yes there is a process of seconding and voting but this process involves a rubber stamp.
    B) The key positions that of chair and treasure and others follow same process and are mostly rotated amongst that same individuals.
    C) Certain people were involved in decisions and now own those and quickly move to close down changes.
    D) Irish people tend not to complain until after the fact.
    E) the commitee is almost entirely a talking shop.

    The ceiling on purchases was forced up recently because the commitee where using this as an excuse not to spend on something which despite a majority being behind they have reneged on. Following this which I was a key player I have decided not to give a crap anymore but at the same time my question at this years AGM will be what are you going to do with the monies.
     
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    I will guess that you're outnumbered, so to change the club, you're going to need to recruit some allies. I think the way to get people on your side is to offer some positive direction and goals. If you would take the time to develop a platform of new ideas that make sense, then you'll get people coming over to your point of view.

    Does your club offer scholarships to young people? Does your club offer prizes for photo contests? Does your club offer seminars on composition, or portraiture, for instance? Seminars can be taught by a club member, therefore no cost to the members. Does your club offer lighting gear to borrow?

    You can fight with the establishment, or change the establishment.
     
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    No on scholarships,
    Yes it offers prizes to contests but there is no critic on images so people aren't learning, new people aren't progressing
    There was talk around skills seminars, which are needed frankly, but that idea was directed quietly down an alley and now has a hatchet in its back, I dont really know why that is.
    Lights, Lights were bought using club funds, a nice set, but the idea was pushed by people who sometimes do weddings & graduations etc, not professionals, who thought " ya they'ed be handy for my gigs" and are now never available.

    The thing is the majority do want changes but dont push for them especially because the club gets on socially. people travel up to 30 miles to attend the club simple because other clubs are snooty about new people and have waiting lists and look for portfolios .my reason for staying is the same as why others want to join this one.
     
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    I feel like I’ve been on both sides of this. Not photography related but I am on several boards for volunteer organizations and it’s always much easier from the outside to see lack of direction of the group or to wonder why something is not being done but when you get in and you’re working on moving the group forward toward a goal or organizing an event or workshop it’s much harder than it looks from the outside. As a member, I would wonder well why aren’t they doing this? And why are they doing that? And then once I was on the board it became clear why we weren’t doing this and why we were doing that. Have you asked them what the reasons are? If there is a specific thing that you think sh0uld be 0ffered but isn’t, it’s best to ask the question.

    I’m not really sure where the D750 stuff comes into play here? That is the group members spending their own money right?

    Maybe start your own club, an offshoot of the one that you’re now with like-minded members.
     
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    I think people have different opinions on how to spend money (and not just in a club). How do you want the money spent? If/when there are opportunities to bring up ideas/suggestions then present specific ideas of project or other uses for club funds.

    I've been an officer of a club too and ideas that are suggested aren't always feasible, but if the club leaders don't give any explanation, then ask. There may be reasons for them to be cautious with the spending.

    Whenever the club has elections again, you could think about running for an office yourself or if there's someone else you think would be good and suggest that person run. There still may be a majority choosing to keep going in the same direction so it could take a long time to see real change. Or maybe the majority of club members like it the way it is and wouldn't support much change. I don't know, I guess you have to think about if you can live with the club as is and continue to give input or if it maybe isn't for you.


    (And I'm part Irish and D explains a lot, except I don't necessarily wait til after the fact! lol)
     
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    I have started a club its a secret one and Im the only member, but im still in the other one.

    What I was trying to string together with the d750 thing was that members are going to invest allot of money and not see the benefits, something I belive could be solved by better club initiatives.
     
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    Agh to be honest I get annoyed about things because often I get asked to solve problems of there own making
     
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    Bah! Serves 'em right, I say. Buy your entire new club a pint.
     
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    To me the only reasons for being in a photography club are socializing, education and the enjoyment of photography. If those needs arent being met it might be time to look for another club or maybe start your own with other disgruntled members. Life's to short to be irritated in the pursuit of fun activities.
     
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