Currently Burnham on Sea Motor Boat and Sailing Club and Gig section utilises a paper based membership system.
Similarly payments for mooring fees, yard storage, crane out and club functions are run on paper based systems with members paying by cash, cheque or card.
Whilst familiarity with this system may be reassuring for the membership it is not efficient and it taking considerable amounts of time for the membership secretary, treasurer and deputy treasurer to manage and consolidate.
Additionally with banks closing, cheques and cash have to be taken to banks in other towns for cashing in which incurs cost and takes considerable time.
The club is exploring the introduction of an electronic system where all financial issues are managed online. This proposed course of action will not be unfamiliar with the vast majority of our members who conduct many similar transactions with online banking, apple pay, online insurance quotes, email, internet browsing and electronic ticket purchase.
The committee is looking at several packages and will trial the package which is most cost effective to prevent unnecessary costs, most versatile so that it can reflect the changing faces of water sports in Burnham on Sea and is most efficient to both the membership itself and those managing it.
We understand some members will not be familiar with the internet or electronic payments and so there will be a period of grace on the existing systems to allow for training sessions within the club.
We hope to go live for this April's membership collection but will keep everyone updated.