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    Motion 7C (Provincial Life Membership Fees)

    To change Paragraph 12 of By-Law Number One of the CFC Constitution.

    The paragraph currently reads:

    “12. Any person resident in Canada, may become a Life Member of the Federation. The Life Membership Fee shall be as follows: If the applicant is under 31 years of age - twenty years of Per capita Fees; if the applicant is 31 to 40 years of age - seventeen and one half years of Per Capita Fees; if the applicant is 41 to 50 years of age - fifteen years of Per Capita Fees; if the applicant is 51 to 60 years of age - twelve and one half years of Per Capita Fees; if the applicant is 61 years of age or over - ten years of Per Capita Fees. No Per Capita Fee will be payable by or in behalf of any Life Member after he has been granted Life membership, but this will not affect his financial obligations to any Club, League, or Provincial Organization to which he may belong, save as to said annual Per Capita Fee; provided that these fees may be changed by the Assembly of Governors by resolution.”


    The modifications are:

    - change “… Club, League, or Provincial Organization to which he …” to “… Club or League organization to which he ...”

    - before “No Per Capita Fee …” add “The CFC at the same time will collect any Provincial Life Member Fees set by the provincial affiliate for the province in which the member resides.”

    So the new paragraph will read:

    “12. Any person resident in Canada, may become a Life Member of the Federation. The Life Membership Fee shall be as follows: If the applicant is under 31 years of age - twenty years of Per capita Fees; if the applicant is 31 to 40 years of age - seventeen and one half years of Per Capita Fees; if the applicant is 41 to 50 years of age - fifteen years of Per Capita Fees; if the applicant is 51 to 60 years of age - twelve and one half years of Per Capita Fees; if the applicant is 61 years of age or over - ten years of Per Capita Fees. The CFC at the same time will collect any Provincial Life Member Fees set by the provincial affiliate for the province in which the member resides. No Per Capita Fee will be payable by or in behalf of any Life Member after he has been granted Life membership, but this will not affect his financial obligations to any Club or League to which he may belong, save as to said annual Per Capita Fee; provided that these fees may be changed by the Assembly of Governors by resolution.”


    Background:

    This shouldn’t really be needed however some CFC administrations and/or EDs have interpreted the handbook in a way that they do not have to collect provincial life membership fees. This is extremely unfair to the provinces as the provinces themselves have no real way of enforcing collection without the CFC’s cooperation. Effectively, the CFC is reducing provincial revenue for no good reason. This motion makes it clear that the national and provincial life memberships go together and that the CFC is required to collect the fee if the province has set a fee.

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    First a comment that the Life Membership fees displayed on the "store" link to the website do not follow the formula in para 12 of bylaw 1 and need to be changed immediately.

    It is quite clear that CFC Life Members are not exempt from provincial dues. The challenge is to find an efficient way to track and collect renewals. In BC this used to be done by the provincial secretary. A few years ago this was vastly simplified by imposing a small provincial surcharge on every player of every CFC rated event. The CFC office has been very co-operative in collecting the fee and there is no longer a need to track and renew annual provincial memberships. Granted, there was an adjustment period before organizers became used to including this extra cost in their event budgets but it is running smoothly now.

    Before commenting further I'd like to hear some discussion about how much extra workload the motion would add to the CFC office - for example regarding the tracking and display of provincial membership expiry dates.
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    There should be no extra workload. Provincial and National expiry dates should be the same. That's basically the point of the motion.
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    Will this motion obligate a potential CFC life member to purchase a life membership for his provincial organization at the same time? Or could he still renew the provincial membership annually?

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    But Chris, there are no expiry dates for CFC Life Members
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Brodie View Post
    Will this motion obligate a potential CFC life member to purchase a life membership for his provincial organization at the same time? Or could he still renew the provincial membership annually?
    The whole point of Chris' motion is require purchase of both at the same time.

    This is problematic in BC as BC no longer sells life memberships - as provincial secretary both then and now I remember being very frustrated seeing the annual CFC life member count for BC being in high 60s / low 70s while knowing the provincial life membership count was around 25.

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    This motion would have no effect on BC; the way it is worded, it says "any Provincial Life Member Fees set by the provincial affiliate for the province in which the member resides.” so if BCCF does not want to collect a life fee and instead wants the activity fees, that is okay.
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    What would you do in the case of someone who moves from one province that sells life memberships to another province that sells life memberships? Someone who moved to BC from Ontario would get no benefit from the Ontario life membership.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vladimir Drkulec View Post
    What would you do in the case of someone who moves from one province that sells life memberships to another province that sells life memberships? Someone who moved to BC from Ontario would get no benefit from the Ontario life membership.
    AFAIK the inter-provincial can of worms has not previously been opened in Canada (except Quebec).
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    Whatever the outcome of this motion we should try to find an equitable solution to the situation that it is trying to address.

    Right now as it stands this is a constitutional amendment which requires a two thirds majority. Presumably once we are compliant with the NFP act this will require a simple majority as a change of regulations which will not require that the federal government be notified. The constitution which we are amending with this motion will not have any importance one way or another by October 18th at the latest as the CFC's constitution will not exist when the CFC no longer exists or it will not exist when we draft, approve and submit NFP compliant bylaws and other required paperwork to get the certificate of continuance.

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