online membership renewal
It's a work in progress, but you can now renew your Sound Rowers membership online! You can pay with PayPal or credit card. I think this should make payment easier for members to renew, and much easier for us to track and process.
This is a good little idea, fun, informative, community building. Who of us really cares if it's accurate? or really about "membership. " Just include it as a column labeled, say "SR Racer since . . ." The member will enter whatever four keystrokes he wishes which, if anyone wants to dispute for whatever ridiculous reason ,the truth can be proven by a perusal of our 35 years of results. (Shane B. might punch in his SR race total, if he wished, but I wouldn't give him a whole column!)
It would be fun, but we just don't have the data. People could submit it, but we have a hard enough time getting other more important info that we want! Shane would probably lobby for a column showing races attended / completed / won!Funny enough, managing membership for several years, I've noticed that a lot of people skip years and then come back. For example, was a member in 2011 and 2012, skipped 2013 and 2014, back in 2015. (Probably that Peace Corps stint in Uganda, eh?!) I think online membership payment will help with renewals, and already many folks have used it.Don
I just figured renewing members could type it in their own date on the renewal page - and that once you set up the "Racer Since. . " entry widget there would be no need for further involvement by the techs. No renewal; no bragging rights. I sure wouldn't want to see you fielding every such entry "by hand."
Steve: Totally agreed on fun, informative, community building. Like Whose Line Is It Anyway, "the show where everything's made up and the points don't matter." Disagreed on hassle for the tech people. But we're volunteers, and why volunteer unless you enjoy being hassled? I added a column to the roster, and for now people can send me their date. (to surfski@...) We'll have to figure out how to collect it during the renewal process.Don
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