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From SPCUG President Mike Hutchinson...
                                  Financial Concerns (Continued)

Last month I gave you an overview of the SPCUG financial picture. A need to expand on that this month.

Over the last few years there has been a significant amount of belt tightening done in smaller areas. After 6 years our Treasurer Dennis Gries is stepping down at the end of the year. He deserves the credit for almost all of the cost savings. Some of the areas where he has streamlined expenses include the Volunteer Lunch where he has found a  less expensive place but with the same level of service. He has also found ways to save funds at the Holiday Social. Dennis has also maximized our return on the ink cartridges allowing us to continue the door prizes at a lower expense to SPCUG. Dennis has been very conscientious about reducing expenses!

Last month I mentioned the formation of a committee to come up with a plan for what I call an eMonitor (electronic version of our Monitor newsletter). You will find their report in another article in this Monitor.

We have also formed another committee to look into ways to cut the cost of our classes, usually taught on Saturdays at the Boys and Girls Club. The committee consists of Nancy DeMarte, Jim Cerny, Marshall DuBois and myself. That effort is well under way.

Since last month's article I've been contacted by a number of members with suggestions on addressing the cost side. I appreciate the inputs and hope you continue to make suggestions to cut expenses.

As I mentioned last month the biggest issue is the decline in membership. SPCUG needs to investigate ways to slow or stop the decline in membership. Ideally I would like to see membership grow.

Back in August, George Keen asked me if we need a Publicity person. His goal is to find new members. Though he is new to SPCUG he is energetic and has many new ideas. He has started acting on some of those.

We have many talented members in SPCUG and I would like your help in coming up with ideas on how to get more people interested in joining SPCUG. All ideas are welcome. Please direct them to me or another Board member.

Thanks, Mike


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