Minister of Prosperity – March 2017

Join the officer’s corps, they said. All you have to do is write checks, they said. It’s easy, they said.

They didn’t mention that I might need to actually use my rudimentary level English skills to communicate with the membership!

This spot in the flow of information is a unique one. When we do a raffle, we will give you a write up about our selected charity of the month. When we don’t have a raffle planned, I am not quite certain what type of elocution you, our membership, would like to see from the chancellor of the exchequer. Is there any type of information (statistics, event data, percentages, etc) that you would be interested in learning about? Details like our philanthropic contributions for the year, or a breakdown of the sources of income for the club? Or do you just want me to put away my copy of the Oxford English Dictionary and Roget’s Thesaurus and go back to a different patois?

In all seriousness, I am looking for feedback for the type of information you would like to see in future Minister of Prosperity monthly posts.

Additionally, we have had mixed feedback on the additional duties of Prosperity – the Raffle (duh-duh-DUH!). I have noticed that over the course of the last year, the ticket sales and overall raffle value has declined a good deal. To that end, we have temporarily reduced the number of raffles that we are holding, eliminating some of the historically low take events (joint club events, low attendance meetings), and decided to focus on meetings that are heavily attended (Chili Cook-off, Oktoberfest, Real Ale) to ensure that the club at least gains a reasonable amount of the value of the materials put up as prizes. Is this something that you are happy with? Do you want to see a change in how the raffle is run? Do you want to be the person to volunteer and run the raffle? Do you have space to get all of the prizes out of my shed (wait, what?)? Please, weigh in on the topic in the Burp Membeersip survey, still available.

I am looking forward to your feedback and comments.

Cheers!
Thomas
Minister of Prosperity