Hello, dear amazing members of the Ponderosa Verein! (And everyone else!)
This is a quick update for you all — which some of you will have already received by email — about Ponderosa, about your membership of the Ponderosa non-profit association, and about our future dreams. :)
It is only through having an active membership that it is possible to keep Ponderosa moving forwards, growing, exploring our future artistic and social possibilities in all their technicolour strangeness. You make it all possible!
Ok, and now the practical details — here are all of the ways that you can update your membership:
A note on membership fees:
In 2017, as part of our call-for-members campaign, we asked for an annual membership fee of €36. This year, we are asking for a contribution of €50 — which is the total that all newly-joining members will pay, and which is accompanied by our return gift of our hand-made new free cotton tote bags.
If any member would prefer to continue paying €36 per year, and not €50, this is an option that we can provide for these members. However, in this case, we cannot also additionally provide a gift. If you would prefer to keep paying €36 per year, and not €50, please contact us and we can arrange the necessary steps directly with you.
Why are we asking for €50? This is for a couple of different reasons.
The first one is that we want to offer the possibility of different tiers of support, starting at €5 per year for basic support, and then also offering €50 per year for full membership, €500 per year for those fortunate souls who can afford a deeper commitment, and €5000 per year for all the local millionaires. We will have more information about these tiers of support online soon, and we’ll be posting more about them then.
The second one is that we want to offer a membership that broadly corresponds with the equivalent fees proposed by similar Verein organisations. In general, €50 per year is a common and widespread total for membership fees, and we would like to align our longer-term planning with the conventions followed by similar organisations.
Thirdly, we ask for this new total in order to be able to do more things at Ponderosa — we want to be able to present a more diverse and widespread array of teachers, facilitators, and artists, we want to allow for the place to be more accessible while also remaining sustainable, and we want to ensure that there will be plenty of amazing and cool things happening here in a viable and ongoing way. Your support makes this possible!
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