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[RC] BOD Motions - Costs Need to Be Considered - Stagg_Newman

In responding to what we would like to see the BOD do we should also
our willingness to have the BOD spend AERC money and/or office time
which translate into money on an issue.

I use the question of the AERC list serve as one example.  Note that their
are other proposals on the
table that involved potentially far more substantive expenditures of money
for which similar thinking needs to be none

The question on the list serve the BOD must consider is NOT whether the
membership wants and
would be well served by an AERC members only list serve or not but rather:

'Do AERC members want and would they be well served if AERC
spends X amount of money up-front to create a AERC members only list serve
and Y amount of money and/or office time, which translates into money in
terms of loaded salary,
in annual maintenance of the list serve?'  (Mike Maul can you supply X and

And then one has to ask whether this is a moderated list (more time for
whether the list will allow advertizers to send email about products and if
so for free or for a fee, etc. etc.

Said another way how do members want their dues, etc. spent.
The answer to the question above is probably different is there is no cost,
$0.25 per member per year, $10.00 per member per year, and $100 per member
per year.

Note that I personally do not have strong feelings one way or another on
the above issue
without knowing more about the costs, particularly the recurring costs and
what will be offered.
I am just using this as an example of the type of thinking that needs to be

As somebody who is about to return to the BOD after a several year absence
the input from membership is vital to us.   The input does need to be
informed by a perspective on
your/our willingness to pay.

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