Bottom Times from your President….
AND NOW, A WORD FROM OUR SPONSORS . . .
Many of us remember these words interrupting our favorite television shows back in the days when the entire family would gather around “the tube” to watch The Ed Sullivan Show, The Wonderful World of Disney, or The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. They meant we could get up to use the restroom, grab a snack, and do anything except watch the commercials that were spoiling our shows.
As we grew up we came to realize that whiter teeth, getting rid of “ring around the collar” and smelling Downey fresh were very important to our success as adults, because somehow those “words from our sponsors” had sneaked into our minds and taken root. We became aware of the financial connection between commercials and the network’s ability to broadcast the shows we loved.
Nothing has really changed in this regard, and sponsors are as integral a part of our daily life today as ever. Even your dive club, Channel Islands Divers, depends on sponsors and finances to exist and operate, so let’s take a look behind the scenes at how this club is able to function.
Our obvious sponsors are the vendors who contribute to our prize drawings through outright gifts of service or merchandise or steeply discounted items. Among our sponsors are PCH Scuba, Maverick Undersea Divers, Island Packers, Channel Islands Dive Adventures and Pirates Restaurant. Brett Bovard of PCH Scuba and Bret Niedens of Mavericks make sure that Bob Cartier has terrific goodies for our monthly and progressive prize drawings. Our friends at Island Packers and Ken Kollwitz at CIDA routinely provide travel adventures for our club members to win or to participate in at bargain rates.
Pirates Restaurant deserves special attention for its contribution to our club’s success. I’ve been in Oxnard for fourteen years now and Pirates was the base of club operations back when I moved here in 2013. It’s hard to pin down when we were not meeting at Pirates and we have never been charged for the use of the facility. That’s a big deal. Recently some have voiced displeasure at the facility and or the service available during meeting nights and requested that the club change venues, to which the board members responded “Okay, where do you recommend we go?” Your board of directors is completely open to the idea of a move, we just have not been able to identify another facility that is affordable, centrally located, and does its best to accommodate our group each month with no idea of how many members will be in attendance.
Imagine throwing a party once a month where an unknown number of guests (between 20 and 45) will arrive around 6:00 PM, request a wide range of freshly prepared meals and drinks, and depart by 9:30 PM. How would you staff for that? How would you shop for that? I’m glad I don’t have to manage it, because it’s really easy to be over or understaffed. We are open to alternative sites if anybody can recommend one that does what Pirates has been doing for us years.
Your club also has unsung sponsors, club members and board members who contribute time and finances to make our events successful. Robert Soriano can be found at the grill each year, barbecuing tri tip for our annual picnic at Refugio. Those turkeys served at the Christmas party don’t buy or cook themselves. Your board members usually make sure they are ready for the Christmas dinner, buying them, cooking them and serving them. Most never ask to be reimbursed for their personal contributions to the Christmas meal, saving the club significant expense.
We do incur expenses throughout the year. Raffle ticket sales rarely cover the cost of the prizes each month, and when the cost of Progressive prizes is added in, our raffles lose money. Still, you never see a box of O-Rings or a copy of California Dive News on the prize table, because this club’s members deserve better for their ticket purchases.
In addition to our raffle ticket sales, membership dues supplement funds for the raffle and our other club events. They are used to reimburse some of our traveling speakers for expenses so we can get interesting presenters. Most of our club members who make presentations do so at no cost and thus act as sponsors as well.
Your membership dues have been the same as long as anybody on the board can remember, while the cost of picnic supplies, speaker expenses, and prizes have risen steadily. To maintain our club’s finances on a sound footing, membership dues will increase by five dollars per year beginning on June 1, 2018. This is an across the board increase and will affect new memberships, renewals, single and family memberships. Anybody wishing to avoid the cost increase this year is welcome to renew early (before June 1) and your member renewal will still take effect on your membership anniversary date.
Thanks to each and every one of you for your continued support and participation in the best dive club in Southern California.
NOW LET’S GO DIVING!
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