How to join MUGOO
Just show up at one of the meetings ...
Organizations like MUGOO used to be one of the best information sources because they were accessible and interactive.
This has certainly changed. Web sites have sprung up supplying news, reviews, opinions, and rumour. Software is downloadable for testing directly from the developer. The only limitation seems to be the time you are willing to invest hunting for the information or waiting for the download.
So why isn't MUGOO dead? Why have a meeting at all if it's all on the Web?
MUGOO continues to exist because people demand more than what the Internet can provide. It is not often you can have developers or power users provide a personalized presentation about the latest products in your basement.
No matter how good the internet is at bridging the vastness of the Mac community, it is still hard to beat six people sitting around a table hammering out a solution or exploring the options. Do the specs really tell you all you need to know? Ten minutes watching someone demonstrate a feature of a software title could save you hours of frustration or, better yet, money.
Someday web conferences may supersede the need for a local user group. Until then, see you at MUGOO. The internet wil never replace the "after meeting meeting" that we hold at a local restaurant!
MUGOO charges an annual fee to its membership. This entitles a member to vote in executive elections, attend meetings for free, attend club SIGs, and win items offered as door prizes.
Annual fee: $40.00 per year Guest attendance fee: $5.00 per meeting The money collected from fees pays for club expenses such as meeting facilities rental, hardware rental and other club expenses. MUGOO is a provincially registered not-for-profit corporation.
How to pay
You can pay your dues at any meeting with cash, a cheque, or a credit card (a small transaction fee is added for credit cards). You can mail a cheque payable to "NCMC" (the club's registered name) to the address found on the ContactInfo page.
If you are looking for a membership application, you can find it right here!.
Membership crowdfunding experiment
In several MUGOO executive meetings, we discussed whether annual dues (which were then $50) should go up, down, or stay the same.
Our current expenses are down. We spend much less on mailings than we used to, and having the "summer hiatus" saved us the cost of 3 meeting room rentals (yes, we do have to pay for the use of the room in the library). Accordingly, the executive tried an experiment experiment in 2015 and 2016. Annual dues were modeled on "crowdfunding". That is, we asked people to donate whatever they felt appropriate rather than have fixed dues.
MUGOO does have recurring expenses for things such as room and equipment rental. We were NOT able to collect enough through crowdfunding to cover those costs, so we need to go back to the annual dues model as of January 2017. Many thanks to the people who did donate during the experiment.
If you have any questions or concerns about this matter, please contact one or all of the executive. Email addresses are available on the ContactInfo page.