RE: The future of Emu and Birds Australi

Subject: RE: The future of Emu and Birds Australi
Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 9:23:27 +1000
I found the comment "I think we shouldn't complain about the prices of 
membership" interesting.  I am inclined to disagree.  Yes, these funds may be 
going to a good cause.  The question is how do we know it is?  It seems that I 
am forever getting mail from Birds Australia asking for donations for this or 
that cause.  I was late renewing my membership this year (which has now been 
done).  As a result I have still yet to receive an Emu or Wingspan for 2001 yet 
I have continued to get "begging letters"!

One has to look at why BA has the relatively small membership it has.  There 
are a lot of people out there interested in birds that are not members.  Why?  
Is the organisation not promoting itself to the right people?  Does it not 
offer members what they need to join or remain as members?  Is it overpriced?  
There will always be people who will be members because it is a good cause.  
What BA needs to do is pull in those that are "just interested" in birds.  If 
they did this they would be in a much stronger position both financially and 

Mind you it could be that as a whole Australians are just not interested in 
belonging to "clubs".


David Geering

David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo NSW 2830
Ph. Freecall 1800 621 056 or 02 6883 5335

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