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May 16, 2018 9:35 pm
Rich5ltr Offline
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Registered since: Jul 07, 2015
Location: Berkshire


Subject: Club Membership Card
Just received my new Lagonda Club membership card. Bears a striking resemblance to the AMOC one and very nice it is too, well done all concerned.
Richard Branch
 

May 19, 2018 6:29 pm
M70 Offline
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Registered since: Dec 04, 2007
Location: Silchester, England


Subject: Re: Club Membership Card
Can anyone explain why you need a ultra smart plastic club membership card and what was wrong with the inexpensive but adequate paper one?
Stephen Matthews
 

May 20, 2018 8:25 pm
Colin M34 Offline
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Registered since: Dec 01, 2007
Location: Suffolk, UK


Subject: Re: Club Membership Card
Here here. Who do I show it to?
 

May 21, 2018 7:55 pm
davidbracey Offline
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Registered since: Aug 10, 2012
Location: Maidstone, Kent


Subject: Re: Club Membership Card
Another member suggested that perhaps a new card each year would be a nice idea and there was quite a bit of debate at committee level. It was decided to put it to the members to vote and the majority of those that did, voted in favour. So thatís why we have them.

Whatís their purpose and who do you show it to? Good question.

With about 1/3 of members residing outside of the UK and with limited access to UK events or connecting with other members I suspect that they might like receiving a card each year. Something else connecting them to the club. Itís early days but Iíve already received quite a number of positive comments from members within the UK (such as Richard] so there is clearly some appeal. Personally, I like receiving membership cards from my various clubs but appreciate that thereís little appeal for some. Stephen and Colin you are obviously in that camp and there will be plenty of others I am sure.

The paper card shows membership number but the annual plastic ones also serves as a reminder of subscription renewal date. Colin has a hard job chasing up membership fees each year and perhaps the cards may help people remember when subs are due.

The picture on the card is the featured model of car at this years annual gathering. The car on the cards will change each year to celebrate that years featured car.

I have also been trying to drum up discounts for members with various suppliers and you will notice the discount codes on the cards reverse. Having these in one place seemed helpful and I will continue to petition suppliers to support this campaign. Any suggestions welcome. Participating suppliers may wish to see a membership card as proof. We will see.

Finally, this is an experiment and I think itís good that we try the odd new initiative every now and then to freshen things up. This is not an expensive process. The club has bought the printer and blank cards and I produced the cards myself with the help of my daughter. This was the cheapest method and most data secure. We will monitor feedback and I suggest we should let it run for at last 3 years and then review with another member ballot. But that decision is obviously not mine - itís just a suggestion.

I hope this helps explain the initiative.

David
David Bracey
 

May 21, 2018 9:19 pm
M70 Offline
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Registered since: Dec 04, 2007
Location: Silchester, England


Subject: Re: Club Membership Card
David, Thank you for the explanation and I do think that the Club should try new things and grow. Interestingly, I run a professional engineering institution with around 22,000 members worldwide. We stopped issuing plastic membership cards around five years ago as they were seen as an expensive pastime with out any real tangible benefit. Good job we are all different!
Stephen Matthews
 

May 21, 2018 9:25 pm
davidbracey Offline
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Registered since: Aug 10, 2012
Location: Maidstone, Kent


Subject: Re: Club Membership Card
I certainly wouldnít have enjoyed printing and posting 22,000 cards. And I doubt my daughter would have been seen for dust!

Your right though. We should be open to new ideas and encourage suggestions from our members. Itís their club and not the committees after all.
David Bracey
 

May 21, 2018 10:32 pm
Dick Jones Offline
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Registered since: Jul 29, 2008
Location: -


Subject: Re: Club Membership Card
We all know its a posh ice scraper...
 

May 23, 2018 5:06 am
alecrb Offline
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Registered since: Dec 05, 2007
Location: Vancouver, Canada


Subject: Re: Club Membership Card
Nice card! I'll put it in my wallet on top of my (ugly) P.Eng card... ;<]
Alec
Alec Rivers-Bowerman
 

Yesterday, 11:11 am
TVJL Offline
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Registered since: Dec 04, 2007
Location: London


Subject: Re: Club Membership Card
Thank you David for all your hard work in getting this through the committee and the cards in our hands.

It's a great idea, in my view, and long overdue. We have static and (I would argue) modest and unsatisfactory membership numbers and most of our members are either already past their 'best before date' or heading that way presently (and I count myself among that cohort). I'm sorry to be so blunt but it's just a fact. We need to both grow and attract membership applications from those born in the 1960s/70s/80s and later. Anything that encourages a sense of belonging is a boon, so far as I am concerned, and I think that good quality membership cards fulfil that primary function very well (in a 'bangs for bucks' sense). I also see a useful future practical utility for the cards to act as an entrance ticket to events that are advertised and run for the purposes of attracting the attendance of non-members - a key element missing currently from the Club's armoury in the battle for membership.

AML is pouring huge resources into the relaunch of the marque. If it is successful, the Club should be in the vanguard of this revival, not trailing in its wake as a mere footnote in Lagonda history soon to fall victim to its own demographic. As it is, AMOC has been stealing a march on us for some time now, not just in relation to what is to come but also in terms of recruiting the post-war Lagonda owner to its ranks.

I'm sorry to read some of the remarks above but not surprised (remotely). In my opinion, those detractors who do genuinely care about the future of the marque and the Club should wake up and smell the coffee. As for the others, well; "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. ... and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee."

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