To all Members,
As part of a member organization, it is incumbent upon all of us to be caretakers of the financial wellbeing of ACBS. As a Board of Directors, we take fiduciary responsibility very seriously. At our recent Fall Planning and Budgeting meeting we performed our fiscal wellness check. Results were ok, but not great. Over the past several years Dan and the Board have done everything we could to control costs and grow revenue, while building and enhancing all member services.
It was determined that a small increase to the membership dues is need for the coming year. This will allow us to contend with inflationary pressures and attrition as we have had our membership count drop by over 1000 since 2018. We continually strive to enrich member benefits through multiple offerings and programs to include the New Rudder, member directory, Chapter engagement/support, insurance programs, Hagerty’s GREAT discount program and a huge enhancement of social media and website presence. The Board was in unanimous agreement in increasing our dues by $10 per year to a total $65 beginning in 2022.
However, we want to give all members the chance to renew at the current rate of $55, so we are delaying the dues increase until February 1st. Please take this opportunity to renew your membership over the next month.
Thanks to all of you for your unwavering support. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
I wish clear skies and calm seas to all of you for the New Year!
Rob Lyons, ACBS President