|OUR FUNDRAISING: PAY NOW OR PAY LATER
Our fundraising for Naturist Legacy Park has slowed to a crawl. We
raised just $250 in December. We raised nothing at all in January. This
is concerning, of course. We still have a lot of work to do. One way or
another, that work is going to cost us!
Just thinking about that fact reminded me of something the guys at the
service department where I take my truck are always telling me: "You can
pay us now...or you can pay us later." This is their not-so-veiled "carrot"
and "stick" sales pitch to encourage me to spend more on scheduled maintenance.
If I put more money into routine maintenance now, I'll have a better driving
experience later. That's the "carrot." If I scrimp on routine maintenance
now, I'll likely face much more expensive repairs later. That's the "stick."
Either way, it's going to cost me!
There are elements of this "Pay us now or pay us later" proposition
that actually fit pretty very well with where we're currently at in our
fundraising effort. For example...
You're a couple. You've got a seasonal lot at Naturist Legacy Park and
you've never done a pay forward. In a few weeks we'll be billing you $300
for membership fees and $600 for lot fees. That's a total of $900. Unless
we change our pricing, we'll also be billing you $900 in 2013, 2014, 2015
and 2016 for a total of $4500 over five years.
Whether you pay us $4500 in advance (with all of it credited back to
you in five years), or whether you pay incrementally at $900 per year,
your membership and lot fees are going to cost you the same amount over
that five year period.
If you pay us the full $4500 in advance — if you "pay us now" —
we can use your money to build things that will benefit both you and your
fellow nudists right now! By contrast, if you pay your $900
each year instead — if you "pay us later" — it will literally take
us years and years to accumulate enough money to build or develop the kinds
of things that so many of us (including you, ironically) would like...right
Here's another way the "Pay us now or pay us later" proposition applies
When we originally began planning the development of Naturist Legacy
Park, our washrooms and indoor showers were going to be located in one
corner of our brand new clubhouse. However, fundraising did not keep pace
with our planning and so the clubhouse had to be put on hold. We still
needed washrooms, however, and so they ended up in a small building of
their own. In the same way that vehicle maintenance delayed can often result
in higher repair costs down the road, delaying the clubhouse resulted in
standalone washrooms being built that cost us extra — probably a couple
of thousand dollars extra! We can ill-afford these extra costs, of course,
but we really had no choice. Any other projects that get postponed will
also cost us more later because of inflation.
Pay us now or pay us later. "That's all well and good," I can hear this
couple in my example saying, "but we'll be sacrificing investment income
on that $4500 if we pay it to you all at once." Yes, you will, but please
consider this: Whatever sacrifice we are asking you to make now pales in
comparison to the sacrifice made by the seven Naturist Legacy founders
who between them put up more than half of our entire $250,000 fundraising
goal. Without their personal sacrifice, we wouldn't be having this conversation
right now. Naturist Legacy Park would not exist. Organized, landed social
nudism in Manitoba would not exist.
So yes, we are asking for a sacrifice from some of you...but only a
small one. We now live in the days of low interest, low dividends and depressed
stock prices, after all. The seven founders (none of whom are wealthy)
have already done much more than their share of the "heavy lifting" for
us, and we're all directly benefiting as a result. But they can't do it
all — nor should they. We are all supposed to be in this together. Doesn't
this mean that everyone should be doing their share — if they are
able — to finish the task before us?
The founders have always understood that the reimbursement of their
large pay forwards would take substantially longer than everyone else's
(which, of course, represents yet another layer of sacrifice on their part).
Though we really need your generous help, we're not asking you to pay forward
more than we can credit back in five years...unless you wish to truly step
up and join the ranks of the founders!
Here are the maximums that we can credit back in five years at current
If you're a couple with a seasonal lot, it's $4500.
If you're a single with a seasonal lot, it's $3750.
If you're a couple without a seasonal lot, it's $1500.
If you're a single without a seasonal lot, it's $750.
Can you pay us now instead of paying us later?
If you've never done a pay forward to Naturist Legacy before, can you help
us by making one now? If you've already done a pay forward, can you help
us by topping it up to these maximums? Hitting these reasonable targets
would greatly assist both the pace and the quality of our park's development.
Not only that, it would also free you from ever having to write another
cheque for membership or lot fees for the next five years. It would all
be taken care of! Paid in advance. Paid in full.
You've seen ample evidence by now, we hope, that your board of directors
can get the job done for you if it has the funds necessary to do the work
required. This lack of funds is, in fact, the only major thing holding
us back now. We need your help to close our fundraising shortfall and complete
the good work that we've all started together.
Whether you pay us now or pay us later, it will pretty much cost you
the same in the end. It will help Naturist Legacy Park and your fellow
nudists enormously if you can pay us now. We hope that you'll consider
doing just that!
Thank you so much!
John [Kundert], President
PS: Please don't forget that we also gratefully accept donations from
members. They're worth twice as much as pay forwards to us
because we don't have to credit them back!
WORK CURRENTLY UNDERWAY
Your board of directors is hard at work on another hefty mid-winter
work list. Among other things, we are currently working with our pool supplier
to obtain two engineer's drawings that are required to obtain a construction
permit for our pool from Manitoba
Health. Two other drawings that are required will be created by us.
Barring unforeseen delays, we hope to have the pool construction permit
in hand before the end of this month. Once we get the go ahead from Manitoba
Health, we'll then begin drawing plans for the pool's splash deck so that
we can obtain the necessary building permits from the RM
of Brokenhead. Once those are in hand, we'll start obtaining quotes
for materials for the deck and the fencing that will surround the pool.
In a few weeks we'll also resume our dealings with another branch of
the government. The Manitoba
Office of Drinking Water granted us a permit to construct our water
system last fall. The next step will be to seek a permit to operate that
system. We'll be talking with our area representative well ahead of season
opening to be sure that we're up and operational just as soon as it's warm
enough to run water through our pipes.
We're also creating a sign package for the park. Signs were sorely lacking
last year because we simply couldn't afford them. This year we decided
to try creating the signs ourselves in order to save money.
Lots of other necessary work is also underway like seeking sewage hauling
quotes, seeking equipment rental quotes, doing document revisions, planning
membership recruitment strategies, doing Web site upgrades, holding Advisory
Council meetings — and the list goes on!...
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