Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: South Beach (Miami Beach, FL)
Vehicle: 2006 SLK350 - All Opts. ('cept AMG Pkg & Auto) 6-speed manual, YEAH!
Other Toys: '11 Prius II w/ Leather
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1: Saleries of the club bosses, especially since they advertise two raffles a year and the numbers show large amounts of money being made by them. Only one raffle a year, pay resonable salaries, and money from raffle and membership shown where it goes.
I was irritated about mailings for multiple raflles when it turned out the odds weren't that good and I did the math of how much money is raised because of it, and it doesn't seem to go to help the members.
2: Focus on events people can attend and programs that assist people with cars they have. Money towards purchase of another Mercedes-Benz is not of value for the majority of people who do not want to commit to buying another new Mercedes. Events that go to Germany are great, but some cannot make those, so have other event people can as well.
The club CEO making 6 figures from the club can afford to lease or buy a new Benz every couple of years, but maybe others cannot. Maybe they can, and do not want just Mercedes' products. Support the Benz they own, not the one the factory wants them to buy.
Events in Las Vegas all the time, etc. Some people would like to drive to something close to their neck of the woods.
3: Facilitation member to factory communications. Provide members with an avenue to have their issues reviewed by the company, be an advocate on behalf of the members within reason. By the same token, strive to provide the members with exclusive access to factory reveals. Give the members and the factory a voice.
No help in contacting the factory to get part so my car could be fixed, no help in contacting the factory when the dealer totalled my car wiating for the part, no help in contacting the factory to get option on replacement car to make it match one dealer totalled. Not even allowing a "letter to the editor" about the dealer totalling the car in the magazine. Ability to get into AMG driving academy through other avenues first, etc. Mazda would have a closed, pre-press, champaign reveal of their new Miata to the Miata club even.
The basic tenants of any governing body: Be transparent, represent the people who pay, and provide a good, valuable service.
After that, make sure the regional clubs are well run and have fun events planned throughout the year, especially those that involve the car. Especially here in South Florida where events are planned for "snow birds" during the winter and not for the summer.
Make sure there is a strategy to allow members to approach regions with event ideas, and also ways to make that member make good on their promise to put that event on. Have an avenue for people to contact the national when they think their ideas are being dismissed on a regional level.
In other words: Help Me. Let Me Help You. Don't Dismiss Either Without Worthwhile Consideration!