A World Without CALSPro Would Mean A Quick End To Our Businesses And Industry!
Posted December 12, 2017 in Membership
By Larry Kirlin, President CALSPro
What will our industry look like without CALSPro? Who will be our industry’s watchdog against adverse legislation? CALSPro has defeated “mail bills” (advocating service of process via mail) 11 times in the past 50 years! Who will be there to fight against bills proposing Electronic Service of Primary Documents or against greedy ROI companies in the medical records field? How will we represent ourselves collectively as legal professionals? Who will facilitate advertising and education of new laws and new rules? How will we maintain our professional networks and vitals without a central nervous system?
Where Things Stand Today
At the Board of Directors meeting on December 2nd we approved the budget for 2018. During any budget discussion, the focus is on balancing revenue and expenses to meet financial goals. For a non-profit association, our goal is to break even or show a small surplus. Makes sense, right?
It’s one thing to sit in a room and massage numbers on a spreadsheet until you achieve your theoretical goal. It’s another thing entirely to meet that goal at the end of the year.
Good news: We have more than met our expense goals over the past several years.
The challenge: For the past several years, our association hasn’t met our revenue goals and has been pulling funds from our strategic reserve to remain afloat. Why? We need more members!
Last summer, at the Strategic Planning Session, our primary solution was the elimination of the Company and Individual membership categories in favor of a hybrid Active member category and new Independent Contractor member category. With this new structure, we can grow our roster by providing more value and benefits to a wider audience by making it more affordable and accessible.
While I firmly believe we have taken the right approach, it is not without risk. Because the new Active Membership dues are lower, simply converting 100% of our current members over will actually widen the budget gap. Thus, we need your support today more than ever!
What Can You Do?
- Renew your membership now as an Active member!
- Enroll an additional person or employee as a new Active
- Encourage your Independent Contractors to join the association as IC
- Sign up for an enhanced listing on our website and/or add an additional county location.
- Remind your out-of-state affiliates that you are a CALSPro member and let them know it’s only $100 per year for them to join our association.
- Forward this message to a colleague
- Are you a past Company member with an overlapping Individual membership?
We are asking these companies to use the savings from the new dues structure to add a member of their staff as a new Active member. (Old: $500+$200=$700; New: $350+$350=$700).
Our goal is to increase our members by 40-50 in 2018! Rally up boys and girls. It’s go time!