compiled by Ardis Bazyn

Our last focus call was on the topic of fund-raising for ACB activities, including ACB conventions. While we discussed fundraising, other strategies for saving money at conventions were also given. I've broken the various ideas into three segments: fund-raising, money-saving tips, and affiliate incentives and perks to help members attend events. Fundraising Earmarked for Activities or Conventions

- Bake sales

- Yard sales

- Sponsorships for meals or hotel stipends

- Lions Club donating some meals

- Local restaurants providing a free breakfast or lunch

- Hotel having specials for each meal

- Sponsors for spaghetti dinners and other functions

- Discounted pizza for meetings

- Donated meeting space

- Chat lines where members contribute for fundraising

- Wal-Mart community grant

- Non-profit days -- profit-sharing for participating organizations

- Pepsi grants -- vote for your non-profit

- Bob's Big Boy -- vote for funds

- "Dining in the Dark" prepping at home and food donated or catered for less funds but less work

- Auctions after convention banquet

- Raffles

- Donations from Frito-Lay, Coke, etc. Tips for Saving Money at Conferences

- Sharing rooms

- Buying groceries

- Bringing nutritious snacks to save on meals (peanut butter and cheese with crackers, granola bars, etc.)

- Signing up for paratransit

- Adopt buddy

- Share rides with others

- Use train instead of plane Assistance from Affiliates

- Providing transportation (buses or vans) for members (gives rides to mall, to activities, etc.)

- Renting vans or buses at reduced cost for members -- provide discounted transportation ($25 for bus)

- Subsidize taxis for local meetings

- Give stipend for transportation to conventions

- Providing stipends to all members attending

- Providing stipends or full costs for first-timers

- Selling discounted meal tickets for state conventions

- Subsidizing meals

- Selling discounted meal tickets for purchasing more meals

- Quick lunch line with less expensive choices Free Activities During Conventions

- Free described movie

- Free game night

- Free lunch

- Free socials or mixers (with alcoholic drinks for a low fee)

- Free bingo or Bunco night -- inexpensive prizes donated by chapters and members Most on the call felt that convention pre-registration forms should ask if a first-timer would like a buddy for contact purposes during the convention. It was also suggested that times could be arranged for people to meet at a restaurant to meet people. If you would like more membership assistance, contact Ardis Bazyn, ACB membership committee chair.

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