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RE: SEAOC $10.00 dues increases objection

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One way SEAOC can reward and promote volunteer participation is to offer a
reduction of dues for those who complete on year of committee work. Imagine
how many would jump at the chance to become more active if their dues were
cut in half.
It never hurts to recognize those that participate, however, SEA(all
chpaters) tend to credit the chairs of these committees over the individual
members who participate and spend an equale amount of time and effort to
further the efforts of our professional organizations.
It was suggested that SEAOSC start to do a better job of recognizing the
individual and it was also suggested that as a reward SEAOSC spring for a
first class air ticket when the member travels to a committee meeting.
The thought was admirable, but this is obviously a waste. I, for one, would
gain much more having my dues cut in half as recognition for my participater
than to sit in a seat with more leg and arm room and the smell of leather.
However, I applaud the idea that members, not just committee chairs, be
rewarded for their selfless efforts.
Recognition and simple cudo's are something that SEAOC (and all chapters)
fails miserably to extend.

Dennis Wish PE

|-----Original Message-----
|From: Sam Chang [mailto:szchang(--nospam--at)]
|Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 1998 11:29 PM
|To: seaoc(--nospam--at)
|Subject: Re: SEAOC $10.00 dues increases objection
|Please keep the cost down.  Every time you increase $10. we have to
|pay it year after year unless we drop our membership.  Many of us
|work for others.  Our salary has not been able to keep up with
|SEAOC's membership dues.  Please consider cutting the cost on our dues.
|SEAOC may gain 50% of members.
|Keep increase the cost on our dues, SEAOC will soon become a privileged
|club for the rich engineers only.
|Sam Chang, SE
|HARRISENGR(--nospam--at) wrote:
|>      The SEAOSC newsletter just came out and i have recieved a call about
|> $10.00 dues increase. I am on the SEAOSC board of directors and i
|> represent the members in Ventura, Santa Barbara , and San Lous Obispo
|> counties.
|>      The SEAOSC member SE in Ventura county complained about the dues
|> increase. He said that he did not see what he was getting for the extra
|> . He said he would rather go back to the way it was 4 years ago with no
|> office and roll back the dues to just the SEAOSC amount.
|>      Since it is my responsibility to respond to the requests of
|members in my
|> area, i thought i would ask other members of SEAOC what they think. Would
|> rather pay lower dues ( about $120. instead of 195. ) and not have a
|> office as i believe it was from 1929 to 1994. The contract is up
|this year and
|> a renewal should probably warrant an evaluation.
|>      When i tried to explain to the caller the benefits of state dues
such as
|> the roster ( that he pointed out was skipped this year ) and reports on
|> legislation in plan review ( that he pointed out have been few and
|far between
|> lately) , i must say i was a little disappointed myself. Personally i
|> think $195. is too much to support the profession that i earn a good
|> from. I pay more to be an AIA allied member for instance.
|>      At least i could point out that the local SEAOSC dues have not gone
|> and there is a substantial reserve fund .
|>      If others can tell me all the benefits of paying the extra money for
|> state office, i would appreciate hearing them so i can pass it on to
|> footing the bill.
|>      Thanks in advance
|>      Tom Harris, SE
|>      Thousand Oaks, CA