New Membership & Course Computer System Update

Many of you may have noticed errors in accessing your members accounts and courses this week.  This is due to painful ongoing and costly efforts to keep our 7 year old software system running smoothly.  Thanks for your patience.  A special task force committee is just in final stages of accepting new proposals from a number of companies. During the month of April we will be reviewing the proposals and making a recommendation to the board.  We then hope to start building the new site over the summer and fall, with the plan to have it live for 2017 season.  This project is going to take a considerable amount of capital investment over the next year.  Some strategies to fund this project include:
  • raising of membership fee to $90 in 2016 (approved and in place) 
  • applying for a Capacity Building Grant from MEC for $28,000 (submitted but not approved yet)
  • securing a short term bank loan of $20,000 (approved)
  • and budgeting $34,000 in website expenses in 2016 budget (approved) 

We hope to make up any cash shortfalls if needed with additional fundraising contributions from membership, along with any able Regional Member Association who can help us with this necessary and overdue project.