Since I have been working on the website so much I have been thinking about how our Fan Force chapter will pay for hosting, domain registration, etc. As well as have funds for traveling to conventions and for other events. Does anyone here speak legalese well enough to know if our Fan Force chapter could charge a monthly or bi-monthly dues? I'm no expert in the legal arena but I think that this would be within the letter of the law. For example, [link=http://www.tydirium.net]Blue Harvest[/link] is a fanzine that charges a subscription fee and sells back issues. While they are a magazine and we are a fan club, and there could be some legal differences there, I don't see why we could charge dues legally. Now the other issue, even if it is legal to charge dues, should we? What would we have to gain by doing this and what would we have to lose? The Benefits of dues: The small fee (20-40 dollars per year) for web hosting and domain name registration would be covered and one or two people would not have to shell out the whole thing. Assuming 40 dollars annually, with say, 10 members, over a year, the costs to each member would be 4 dollars per person per year, and 33 cents per month. As our numbers increase with public events like going to see the trailers, etc. the costs to each person could be reduced. While the website costs would be the only regular costs, dues could also be used to help raise money for events, like to help pay for gas and lodging for the trip to Indianapolis next may, or maybe even a fan film. Any thing we spend dues on besides regular website costs would have to be voted on, either via the website or at a meeting. The drawbacks are just as obvious as the benefits. Charging a fee would alienate people who would otherwise join right up. The vote to use dues to pay for a certain event or project may not be unanimous and some folks might be angry over not getting their way with their money. But I don't forsee that happening that often, we're all adults right? One possible way to negate the major problem of alienating potentional members could be that someone who pays dues gets to participate in certain events or gets special privleages while those who don't may only have a page on the website or something like that. I think the best option would be that people who don't pay dues can be a member in all things EXCEPT when dues are used to pay for things such as trips and fan films and whatnot they can only participate if they spend their own money. They also cannot vote on things. So what do you guys think? Post your thoughts here.