Membership, Prices, Verein etc
We have never had a membership or entry fee, & continue to avoiding
Membership fees would reduce number of members.
Administration (bank registration, member additions,
deletions, monthly bank statement checking, annual audit)
would consume time better spent contributing to BSD.
We similarly aim to avoid the concomitant time & money required to register,
maintain, (& charges for someone one day to de-register)
an Eingetragener Verein.
Any who want to urge an Eingetragener Verein should first read the
German books on how to set one up & run it.
This author has purchased such a book & read bits.
He will not waste the time that would be necessary !
If a membership charge later seems necessary, perhaps to
pay for essential equipment
It will be discussed first on the mail list.
A student/pensioner/unemployed etc discount will not be offered,
(to reduce paperwork verification for organisers each year).
Instead, a discount for BSD contributing activists may be
offered (thus those that can not afford full rate, can
contribute time to public BSD work instead).
- Opinions from all members are welcome, in moderation, but BIM
has too few Contributors, so the most
welcome & important opinions are from those who have first contributed
work or resources to Berkeley In Munich.
Contributors opinions matter more, in event of disagreement,
major contributors & founders opinions being most important.
- BIM requires No contribution of time, equipment, or money from
any normal member (though some have
contributed time & equipment & others have contributed services of
financial worth. We do appreciate efforts & contributions
volunteered). Only persistent critics would need to prove they are
more than empty vessels making most noise, & the more criticism,
the more contributions to BIM would be required to compensate for
- Just as individuals need a right to leave an unacceptable club,
so a club needs a right to remove unacceptable members.
- Once BIM was targeted (undeclared to us running BIM), as the
succesor club to house an influx from a defunct club. The experience
was mixed: some hopefully integrated, but some seemed to remain a
clique. Some expressed dis-satisfaction with BIM, some wanted BIM
things changed to be done their way, (eg fixed rather than roving
Stammtisch). Some left sooner. Some left later after stirring
more dissent. Lesson: BIM benefits more from individual recruitment,
not from a cuckoo influx.
- How BIM Was Formed & Runs