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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Membership

Q:   Are there different types of membership?

A:   Membership categories exist for juniors, associates and spouses. Additionally, there are a small number of honorary life members to whom this honour has been given in recognition of exceptional service to the Club.

Q:   How do I become a Member?

A:   The Club historically draws membership from within the club, seeking new applications from relatives and friends of existing members. This does not preclude the possibility of new members joining from outside this group however preference is given to the former.

 

Q:   What is the nomination process to become a Member?

A:   The proposer of a prospective member is responsible for a Nomination Form to be completed. This includes attaching letters from three Members acting as referees. Following a completed nomination form being received, The Board will review and consider the nomination for acceptance.

Q:   Is their an Entrance fee to join the Club?

A:   In 1985 the Constitution of the Club was changed to allow full memberships rights to be traded on the open market for a profit. However, the ‘purchaser’ is required to comply with the formal nomination procedure and for the Board to accept the nomination before Membership is granted. However, for all new memberships an administration fee (plus GST) is applicable.

Q:   What are memberships being sold for?

As you would appreciate there is no official market for memberships and indeed only a few change hands from time to time. Accordingly, it is up to you to establish with the potential purchasers what is a fair price.

 

Q:   What is the process for selling my membership?

A:   Any sale of a Full Transferable Membership is conditional on the purchaser being nominated and accepted for Membership. This process normally involves:

       a)    You establishing a sale, conditional upon the purchaser being ‘accepted’;

       b)    A Membership Nomination form (attached) being completed;

       c)    The completed nomination form, together with a letter from yourself outlining your desire for the sale being forwarded to the Secretary for consideration by the Board. Any amounts owing to the club should be paid prior to the Board considering the nomination;

      d)    The Secretary advising you of the acceptance (or otherwise) of the nomination and conditional upon the purchaser paying $360+GST administration fee and any outstanding amounts being paid to the Club and confirmed by the Treasurer;

       e)    You receiving the agreed amount for the Transfer of Membership Rights and confirming same to the Secretary.

 

Q:   What are memberships being sold for?

A:   As you would appreciate there is no official market for memberships and indeed only a few change hands from time to time. Accordingly, it is up to you to establish with the potential purchasers what is a fair price.


Q:   I am currently an Associate/Junior Member, how can I gain full membership without buying “on the open market”?

A:   There are several ways of becoming a full member. The most common is for a parent to elect to become a “Senior Member” and pass their Full membership onto a child. Alternatively, a Full Member may elect to become a Senior Member and “sell” their membership at a reduced amount of $10,000 to an unrelated Associate/Junior Member or past member.

 

Q:   Are members personally liable if the Club is insolvent?

A:   The Club is constituted as a company limited by guarantee and is a non-profit organisation operating in the interests of its members, with the liability of the members under the Memorandum and Articles of Association being limited to $20.00 each in the event of a shortfall on winding up.

Q:   How do I meet other members?

A:   The Club has a social calendar ranging from regular gatherings such as a summer party in association with the Annual General Meeting, inter club ski races. These functions are held to allow members to stay in contact with each other in Sydney, and to provide contacts within the Club.

 

Bookings

Q:   Can I book my accommodation at the lodge for next year?

A:   Bookings can only be made during the current season plus for the approaching Christmas period.
Q:   When do the winter bookings open each season?
A:   Early each year an information pack is sent to each Full Transferable Member which contains the Annual Report, Notice of AGM, Annual Subscription invoice, and Accommodation Booking Forms. This mail-out normally occurs in February.

Q:   Can I make and pay for a booking on the web?

A:   The Stage 1 of the Club’s web site is principally an information dissemination site. In stage 2 booking applications will be facilitated but not paid for. Stage 3 will facilitate the full eCommerce capabilities allowing members to book , pay and receive confirmation online.

  

Accommodation

Q:   Can I book for summer as well as winter?

A:   The lodge is available for booking during the summer months at lower rates than in the peak winter ski season. Summer activities are increasingly in demand as members enjoy the many summer activities Thredbo has to offer.

 

Q:   Am I assured of accommodation when I want?

A:   Crackenback’s lodge offers accommodation for a total of 22 people in 11 bedrooms over three levels. Although there are 150 full members most members obtain their preferred dates in the high peak period of winter. However, as school aged ski and board events are gaining popularity the week in which they are held has required a ballot system to be introduced.

Q:   Who looks after the lodge?

A:   The lodge is looked after by the members! When in residence each member and their guests are responsible for the general cleaning and tidiness of the Lodge.

 

Q:   What is the role of the lodge Manager?

A:   A manager resides at the Lodge who is a caretaker of the property performing minor maintenance work and ensures members and their guests find their way around the lodge upon arrival.

 

The Committee

Q:   Can I join the Committee?

A:   The Club has an Annual General Meeting for the transaction of Club business and the election of the Board of Directors comprising a Chairman, an Honorary Treasurer, an Honorary Secretary and up to six Directors in accordance with the Memorandum and Articles of Association. That elected Board administers the Club throughout the year. Membership of the Board is, of course, open to all full members.

 

Q:   What does the Committee do?

A:   The Committee or Board of Directors administers the Club and is empowered to make rules from time to time, both as to the organisation and the running of the Club.

 

Q:   Can the Club’s assets be distributed to others?

A:   The Club is a non-profit organisation, and as such the assets and income of the Club can only be applied to the purposes of the Club and, in the event of the Club ever winding up for any reason, the assets must be transferred to another similar organisation. The Constitution of the Club prohibits the payment of dividends to members.

 

Q:   How do I find out how the Club is financially?
A:   An Annual Report is published for members, together with newsletters as the occasion demands.

 

Q:   What is the Committee’s view on accommodation rates?

A:   The Club's policy of budgeting for a moderate cash surplus each year means that our accommodation charges are kept to as low as possible whilst ensuring the Lodge is maintained in good condition.

 

Web Site

Q:   Will more functionality be added to the web site?

A:   The Stage 1 of the Club’s web site is principally an information dissemination site. In stage 2 booking applications will be facilitated but not paid for. Stage 3 will facilitate the full eCommerce capabilities allowing members to book , pay and receive confirmation online.

Q:   Can I pay my subs on the web?

A:   Annual subscriptions will be accepted via the Club’s web site in Stage 2? This is planned for 2008/09.

Q:   When will I be able to make a booking online?

A:   In stage 2 booking applications will be facilitated but not paid for. Stage 3 will facilitate the full eCommerce capabilities allowing members to book , pay and receive confirmation online. 


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