2013 Membership Scheme
A new British Orienteering membership scheme was adopted at the 2012 AGM. The resolution passed stated: That from 1st January 2013 British Orienteering will have a single tier of membership with two categories:
Membership fees for 2013 will be:
Senior member – £5.00
We have taken some time to reflect on how the membership scheme is implemented and in particular have gone back over a number of issues raised by clubs during the last few years. These predominantly concern the issue of when clubs need to provide club membership fees to British Orienteering in order for them to apply at renewal time. Having renewals commence on the 1 September has caused clubs problems, hence the change to the 1 November from now on.
The key problem has been in trying to keep the collection costs at as low a level as possible and this has meant linking renewal notices and membership cards to the publishing of editions of Focus, hence saving on postage. We are seeking to reduce our costs as much as possible and this has caused us to completely rethink how the membership collection process has worked. The results of our deliberations are as follow:
By implementing the above changes we are able to change the membership schedule considerable, hopefully addressing the problems caused to clubs by the current system.
2013 Membership Scheme Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will British Orienteering still have a Local and National Level of Membership?
British Orienteering now only have one level of membership.
2. Will British Orienteering continue with first year free membership?
Now that the cost of British Orienteering membership is so low the reasons for offering a free first year of membership cease, consequently free membership of British Orienteering for the first year of membership is no longer being offered.
3. Will British Orienteering still have junior, senior, student, family and Associate grades of membership?
British Orienteering will only offer senior or junior membership (and Honorary) but clubs can still have student or family memberships if they wish.
4. Will clubs still be able to have a family membership category and will the British Orienteering system be able to support club family membership?
As previously stated Clubs and Associations can continue to offer a Family Membership Fee when the new British Orienteering membership scheme commences. Unfortunately the British Orienteering membership scheme will only be able to validate family memberships based on the British Orienteering Senior and Junior grades:
Therefore Family memberships can contain:
All members must be resident at the same address.
Families can continue to join/renew British Orienteering as a ‘Family’ but the membership fee will be made up of the sum parts. E.g. A Family containing two senior and one junior members will be charged a British Orienteering Membership Fee of £12 (2 Senior members at £5 + 1 Junior member at £2). If the Club or Association offers a Family fee, the family will be charged the Club/Ass family fee on joining/renewing. Otherwise the Club and Association membership fee will be calculated in the same way as the British Orienteering Fee e.g. the sum parts.5. Will British Orienteering still offer Direct Debit as a payment method?
Yes, the ability to pay membership by direct debit will be continued. However now the membership fees are so low there will no longer be a £1 discount for paying by direct debit.
6. Will the renewal period still be January to December?
Yes, the membership year remains as January to December with people being able to join or renew for the following year from the 1 November.
7. Will the membership of British Orienteering benefits package change?
Yes the benefits package will be changing and we will let you know the details as soon as they are confirmed.
8. Do Clubs still need to be affiliated to British Orienteering and pay an affiliation fee?
Yes, the affiliation fee remains at £46.00 or £9.20 for Student Clubs.
9. What does a Club need to provide British Orienteering?
As per the 2010 AGM, Clubs need to submit an Annual Return to the National Office by the 1st November. To comply with the AGM proposal, Clubs needs to:
More detailed information about the scheme has been communicated directly to Club and Association Officials. If you have any further questions please contact the National Office.
British Oriernteering Membership Team
Posted on Wednesday 13th June 2012