The WSC 2018 membership renewal drive is now underway. Dues are payable, and due by the end of January 2018. Dues rates have increased from 2017: $150/$75 member/spouse, senior/senior-spouse: $75/$37.50. The work assessment remains at: 4 hours labor per year or $50 (per family). Access cards will be disabled for members whose dues are not paid by February 1st unless prior arrangements for payment had already been made with the Membership Secretary. Only members in good standing will have access to club facilities (including the clubhouse WiFi and private web pages) after that date. A late payment fee of $25.00 will be assessed on dues not received by February 28th. Membership will be terminated for any member whose dues remain unpaid by June 30th, and can only be restored by the full interview process (and payment of initiation fees).
Please make checks payable to Westford Sportsmen’s Club.
We still have Life memberships available if you’re interested – no more renewal forms or sending payments in year after year. For more information, please contact the Membership Secretary.
Reasons for Dues Increase
It has been 10 years since our last dues increase, and we’ve drawn down our reserves to help pay for capital investments and maintenance. Big ticket items like the new (50 year) maintenance building hit yearly budgets hard – but they will support club operations for many years.
Current dues won’t meet the next few years’ capital requirements – to save the trout pond from terminal siltation, repair or replace other collapsing structures, and eventually expand activity facilities – without drastic cuts in our existing programs.
Our reserve (“Life Member Account”) is funded by initiation fees and life member dues, as well as annual operating surpluses. Remember, these funds can only be spent on specific projects approved by membership vote. Our accounting system is being enhanced to better communicate and manage multi-year capital spending needs.
The 2018 dues are designed to provide ongoing programs plus a long-term capital program averaging $35-40K a year. This should be enough to take care of our trout pond and still allow membership to consider 1-2 other improvements.