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Dues Keep OCW Going

by Sue Miholer, OCW Business Manager

We’re about to begin our new fiscal and membership year (October–September) in OCW. Our current membership stands at 340.

Please take a moment and renew your membership or join for the first time. You can use the form on page 7 of your print newsletter to do so whether or not you can come to the fall conference. You can also join or renew online. The only way you will be eligible to pay the $25 member fee for a one-day conference is if your membership is current at the time of the event.

As always, the most cost-effective way to handle any financial transaction with us is to write a check and send it in, but we also like to offer the convenience of paying online.

Although the income from conferences generally covers the expenses of conferences, our overhead (the cost of doing business) continues to increase. The only source to cover these expenses is our membership dues, which haven’t been raised for at least five years.

Postage prices, bank fees, advertising, insurance, and the cost of professional-level services to keep us IRS-compliant and up-to-date with current technology are on the rise.

The board will strive to be conservative when it comes time to recommend an increase in dues, but we want to let you know that this matter is under discussion.

Our summer conference is quickly becoming one of the premier writing conferences in the country with the help of Lindy Jacobs and her team. We’re grateful to have Nicole Miller and Angella Diehl keeping us plugged into all the ways to communicate about OCW online. Marilyn Rhoads brings in top-notch presenters to our one-day conferences.

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