Word to the WD 40, and what Bill said.
Clevis Hitch wrote:.......So we all agree that the gate can be directly interpreted as a veiled threat of imminent closure unless climbers realize that "freedom of the hills", aint free..........
I do not agree with that statement. The intention was simply to raise awareness of the efforts going on. Those efforts are going on whether people are part of it or not, but it's still important to make those efforts known.
If people feel like they want to assist, great. If people feel threatened, that's between them and their conscious.
Clevis Hitch wrote:.....If something was going on in the Red once a month you'd raise more money.
I look at the numbers, and I can tell you that ain't the pattern.
More events is more work. More people involved is more work. None of this happens without a certain amount of management and direction. Team management and defined direction isn't something that happens magically without effort. If I could dedicate 40 hours a week to working for free and managing everyone's suggestions and communicating everything that's going on behind the scenes and organizing events I probably would and we might stand a chance of raising more money. Sadly, I work more than 40 hours a week at the gig that pays my rent. We all do.
I can't tell you how many events we've lost money on. That money we lost was almost always donated by BOD, the big givers we always have, and the event sponsors, but these events don't always make money. Our margin is usually pretty low unless it's a huge event.
Think what you want the BOD isn't a lazy group of idiots (how's that for elitist)? We get a ton of stuff done and have no shortage of ideas of what else we'd like to get done. Maybe we don't communicate as well as we should, maybe we could sacrifice more of our time and effort to do more stuff and help other people do more stuff, but that just means we burn out quicker and we all do have lives outside of the RRGCC (or we used to). Not that continually defending our actions is really anything we have to worry about.
We as an organization hesitate to take on any more responsibility, and rightly so. We've bit off more than we could chew too many times in the past and that not only sets a bad example with poorly organized tasks and events, it really burns those of us out that have been doing this for more than a minute.
Clevis Hitch wrote:.The CC has enough of an elitist aire about it as it is without more gates going up.
Funny how I haven't heard that in years from anyone else. Most everyone I talk to thinks we're all pretty friendly.