[Osmf-talk] Automatic membership renewal

Ed Freyfogle edf at sloan.mit.edu
Wed Aug 28 21:32:02 UTC 2013


Agree there should be a Euro (and also other major world currencies)
account.

Until there is I can highly recommend transferwise - it's peer to peer
currency transfer at much, much lower rate than banks. Here's an invite
link http://transferwise.com/u/1901




2013/8/28 Michael Larkin <larkinml at gmail.com>

>  On subscription matter , why don't we have a Euro bank account so that
> those of us who pay in Euro can avoid the conversion costs that banks (and
> Pay Pal ) apply to Sterling?Euro conversions. These just increase bank
> profits and one transaction by the Treasurer should suffice to transfer the
> funds
> Michael Larkin
>
>
> On 28 August 2013 20:17, Hugo Holscher <hugoholscher at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Personnally I am not in favor of direct debit. Not sure how it is for
>> most of you, but the time consuming thing is to go to the website figure
>> out the numbers, cut and paste them. That all could go in the e-mail with
>> renewal request. ALso a unique number (like an invoice number) would render
>> the additional e-mail unnessary.
>>
>> Hugo
>>
>> -----Oorspronkelijk bericht----- From: Harry Wood
>> Sent: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 4:28 PM
>> To: Andy Allan ; osmf-talk at openstreetmap.org
>> Subject: [Osmf-talk] Automatic membership renewal
>>
>>  Andy wrote:
>>>
>>> As an example, I'm once again faced with a non-trivial amount of
>>>
>>
>>  clicking links and reading websites in order to renew my OSMF
>>> membership. The email reminder is sitting there unactioned for 24 days
>>> already. With the way we've set things up, you get kicked out of the
>>> OSMF every year by default.
>>>
>>> In contrast, I'm a member of two organisations (London Cycling
>>> Campaign and the British Mountaineering Council) were my membership
>>> gets renewed automatically and the first I notice is when my fresh
>>> membership card drops through the letterbox. I bet their retention
>>> rate is higher than ours!
>>>
>>> I don't see any need to focus on lots of new ways to generate income
>>> when our current sources are so half-heartedly organised.
>>>
>>>
>> OK. Automatic member renewal.
>> This seems like a concrete suggestion with no downside apart from the
>> question of how to set it up.
>>
>> At the moment I pay my membership fee following the "UK bank transfer"
>> instructions.
>> I guess in the first instance we could just change those instructions to
>> say "Please set up an annual direct debit"? For payments from foreign
>> banks, I'm not sure though. And the membership secretary (Henk) would need
>> to adjust procedures a little. No need to send a reminder, but would need
>> to check that the direct debit has gone through each time. In the long run
>> it would probably reduce the amount of nagging emails and other processing
>> needed.
>>
>> Harry
>>
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