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SPRING 2020 DOLL NEWS
MEMBERSHIP "CALL TO ACTION"
By Carol Cameron, Secretary-Treasurer

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irst of all, many thanks to those of you who contacted me about the DOLL-ER$ &
SENSE article in the Winter 2020 DOLL NEWS. The feedback was that you liked
the Q&A approach and that having the graphs helped those of you who are "picture
people" to understand the messages. So, I have adopted the same approach with this
article on membership.
I warn you now that this will not make such comfortable reading. Whereas
we have been able to make up for the declining membership dues by increased
donations from you, our generous members, our collective actions to date have not
managed to reverse the decline in membership itself. But I am forever the optimist
and am convinced that if we all work together, we can turn things around
(see Question 6!)
First of all, some basics and then I will get to the meat of the article - the data and
what we are going to do going forward...

Q1. Why do we report our membership numbers as of Feb 28th each year?
A1. Membership reports are run Aug 31st, Nov 30th, Feb 28th and May 31st each year. Although clubs are supposed
to send in their rosters in time for the start of the new membership year - September 1st - there are always a few
clubs who are late. By the time reminders are send out and the late applications are processed, it can be into
January before it is all finalized. So, we use the Feb 28th one as it is the best indication of our true membership
numbers (and it also coincides with the half year $$$ reporting). All the numbers used in this article are as of Feb
28th in the year shown.
Q2. What is the difference between "Members" and "Memberships"?
A2. When we count "Members" we only
count individuals/organizations once. When
we count "Memberships," if a member
belongs to more than one club, we count
them multiple times because they pay
UFDC dues multiple times. We only started
counting this dual way in 2012, (up until
then we only counted memberships). Since
then, the difference between total number
of members and memberships has been
consistently between 925 and 960.

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