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Membership structure at FCC
Fairfield Canoe Club welcomes prospective new members. Our membership fees may look a little complex at first; we strongly recommend that you visit the club on a Sunday morning between 9.45 and 10.15am to talk to our Director on Duty, to understand the fee structure and to have a tour of the club.
Fairfield Canoe Club Co-operative Ltd operates as a non-trading co-operative with shares. All members are required to become shareholders when they join FCC.
All FCC full members are equal members and as such must be shareholders in our cooperative, receive a key to the clubhouse/ boatshed, can vote at our AGM and can stand for election to our Board of Management. Full members may be adult or junior or student - but in all cases the same shareholding is required per person.
The fees described below have been reduced from our normal levels due to the time lost from paddling time to Covid-19 by approximately 25% and we expect that they will increase back to normal levels in 2021-22.
NOTE: New members of FCC are welcomed, subject to approval by the board at the next of our monthly board meetings.
Membership fees comprise the following:
1. A once-off shareholding fee - which forms part of the capital base of the club. This shareholding is returned to you when/if you elect to leave the club. The shareholding fee is $450 per full member. If a child joins without an adult, then the child needs to purchase a shareholding.
2. Annual fee - for FCC (Fairfield Canoe Club). This has been reduced in 2020-21 to $160 per adult and $80 per child/ full time student/ concession.
Additional cost for Boat storage (one boat stored at the club is included in membership cost, additional boat storage is $100/boat/year)
Additional cost for Dependent children(U18) (if applicable). For dependent children of adult members, the first child membership is free, each additional child membership is $40/year.
3. Annual fee - PV (Paddle Victoria) which incorporates PA (Paddle Australia) membership. PA/PV fees for 2020-21 are $95/adult and $45/child, less 25% discount for Covid-19 and then less an additional 30% for families of 3 or more people.
FCC's financial year runs from 1 July to 30 June. Pro-rata memberships are available for new members joining part way through a financial year: a 6 month membership from 1 January and a 3 month membership from 1 April.
The membership and shareholding fees are automatically calculated by our online membership system "Go Membership".
Pay membership fees
Paddle Australia provides the Go membership payment system (on an external website).
For renewing members - you may find the renewing member's guide for Go Membership helpful if renewing before 30 June. After 1 July, the lapsed members guide for Go Membership will probably be more helpful.
For new members - the new member's guide for Go Membership may be useful.
Once you have paid your shareholding and membership fees, you will need to meet one of the directors at the club to receive your key. As noted above - your membership is then subject to ratification by the board at our next board meeting.