I think the idea Brian has regarding the use of a password is a good idea; since it is a way of allowing NAVED members ONLY to vote in regards to this matter, and as stated vote only once.
I like Al's ideas also in regards to raising funds to help with NAVED expenses; such as the donations; raffles, auctions and sales of NAVED merchandise. The only question I have in regards to your statement Al is regarding the poll to determine how many are interested in the acquisition of moneys for NAVED. The fact that this topic thread exists pretty well indicates that in order for NAVED to sustain itself something needs to be done; such as yearly dues. You also summed it up very well yourself with your final statement:"It is time that NAVED either **** or gets off the pot". I say this with all due respect to each and every member of this board and NAVED; BUT I believe the time has arrived to decide just what we want NAVED to be and represent. Do each of us who are members really want NAVED to become an association that REALLY DOES stand for the restoration and preservation of vintage diving equipment; or do each of us just want to be able to pull our fancy looking NAVED cards with our pictures on them out once in awhile to show them off. As for myself; I really am proud of my membership card; but I will be even much more proud if NAVED turns out to become an association that is really getting the backing from it's membership, and not just an association that is depending on the financial support of just a few. IMHO; I would not have any problem with yearly dues anywhere from $10.00 - $20.00, and I would certainly be interested in buying such items as NAVED shirts, baseball caps, etc, and I would expect to pay an amount for any of these items so there is somewhat of a profit again to help with any expenses that NAVED should incur. As for the poll / vote; if this is done; possibly it could be posted on the NAVED message board a week or so before the date it is to take place for the purpose of giving the membership a chance to give some thought to their responses. Just a thought! Terry
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