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Old 10 Nov 2003, 10:51 (Ref:778714)   #1
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BMMC 2004 Membership Renewals

Having just renewed my membership for 2004 with the BMMC I have received my membership card!

It's the same kind of membership card we had before we went over to the "Photo-Card" last/this year!
There was a note attached stating that due to "Technical" reasons, the phot-card would now only be used as a means of identifying grades!

I'm just wondering what was technical about having all your info on the photo-card?

I'm not having a go - but just wondered why we seen to have taken a step backwards again!

Anyone have any answers?

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Old 10 Nov 2003, 11:13 (Ref:778728)   #2
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I don't know any 'technical' reasons, but issuing a new photocard every year would be an expensive operation, & rather pointless as the photocard doesn't have an expiry date on it!

If I remember correctly, wasn't it stated right from the start that new photocards would only be issued on upgrading?
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Old 10 Nov 2003, 11:29 (Ref:778736)   #3
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Dave,
As far as I was aware, all members (who submitted a photo) were to be issued with a photo-card/membership/grading card at the start of the 2003 season.
Each year, assuming the member renewed, a sticker with the year of subscription would be sent, rather than issuing a new badge.
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Old 10 Nov 2003, 13:41 (Ref:778870)   #4
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In order to make sure that membership cards could be issued swiftly as a response to renewal/joining, we have de-coupled the membership card from the photo/grading side of things. This will allow the ID/grading card to be changed/re-issued only as a reaction to a change of grading (or face ).

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Old 12 Nov 2003, 08:00 (Ref:780770)   #5
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Old 12 Nov 2003, 09:34 (Ref:780844)   #6
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lol still didnt get mine from last year....i dont mind tho....one less photo for ppl to laugh at.....unless theyve got it pinned up in the office....lol...dont need one to get in and marshal....dont necesarily want one....
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Old 14 Nov 2003, 18:06 (Ref:783539)   #8
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Still not sure whether its worth renewing, after all it costs me personally more money to be a member of the BMMC than it does to be a member of the BRSCC.

However my membership of the BRSCC entitles me to free entance to the Autosport show each year, a free magazine every other month (which is a 100 times better than the Outpost magazine) and a free meal at the BRSCC NW annual dinner dance in March.

I have always been a member of the BMMC or BMRMC since I started marshalling back in 1988, I just feel that over the last few years the cost of being a member and what you actually get from the club is very poor compared to what it used to be.
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Old 14 Nov 2003, 22:21 (Ref:783780)   #9
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SJC- 214 have you spoken to your BMMC committee about your thoughts to see if they have an answer or indeed at least let them give you an answer.
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Old 14 Nov 2003, 23:29 (Ref:783831)   #10
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SJC- 214 have you spoken to your BMMC committee about your thoughts to see if they have an answer or indeed at least let them give you an answer.
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No I have not Richard and your probably right I should at least give them the opportunity to answer any critism.

I realise this is probably a controversial issue and I can't comment on other region but IMHO the North West region has gone down hill compared to what it used to be.

Perhaps some of the more enlightened amongst you could actually tell me what the marshals club actually does.
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I've not even had a renewal form yet...
I might think of chasing that up soon - it needs to arrive just when I get home so I can put it on the parents' to-do pile
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Old 16 Nov 2003, 18:41 (Ref:785152)   #12
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Old 17 Nov 2003, 07:35 (Ref:785534)   #13
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Still not sure whether its worth renewing...... my membership of the BRSCC entitles me to....... free entance to the Autosport show each year, a free magazine every other month (which is a 100 times better than the Outpost magazine) and a free meal at the BRSCC NW annual dinner dance in March.
The "Free Meal" is not part of the BRSCC Membership! I think you'll find this is a "Thankyou" from the Chief Marshal & the Club to Marshals who have helped to run their race days at Oulton & Anglesey. You don't need to be a member of the BRSCC to qualify!

Free admission to the ASI is a good perk and for the first time I shall be taking advantage of the pass - although I am able to obtain passes from other sources without paying!!
The BRN magazine is OK, but I'm not into reading loads of results from their races and the info is usually out of date - very much like the BMMC Newsletter.
I know various BMMC Committee members start to turn purple when they hear of negative comments towards the mag, but nothing has improved over the years. Generally content is good but by the time we actually get a copy - many of the "Dated" articles have already happened!

As for renewing with the BMMC - I contemplated not doing it for 2003 but then realised that they offer the best insurance scheme for us, so personally I think the membership fee is worth it!

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The 'free meal' is normally only allocated to those marshals who have done a certain number of days marshalling for the BRSCC over the course of the year.
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Old 18 Nov 2003, 18:59 (Ref:787531)   #15
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The 'free meal' is normally only allocated to those marshals who have done a certain number of days marshalling for the BRSCC over the course of the year.
That is perfectly true, I apologise that was my mistake.

I also agree with Mark (Mr Observer) the BMMC do provide the best insurance scheme without question and based on that fact alone I will probably renew my membership again.

Mark mentioned the Newsletter and I agree with him this has gone downhill in recent years. It is not a reflection on the Editor (who does a good job) but the Newsletter has taken on a more "professional" look and is now professionally printed. This all takes time and IMHO by the time it gets delivered the news items can be upto 3 months out-of-date e.g the last copy I received was in October but was actually written before the British GP
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