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markhowes
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Anyone out there with some ideas of what they would like to see added or changed to this website & the forums?

I know there is talk of upgrading/updating and it would be good to pool some ideas of what everyone would like included so that these can be taken into account by the powers that be.

 

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What sort of time frame is available to put forward ideas?

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No idea really - I just remembered from the AGM that there are plans to upgrade the site. It occurred to me that it might be helpful if as many members as possible were to say in advance what they think is missing or what could be added to make things better.

Then the powers that be could take these things into account before the upgrade takes place.

 

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Why change it???

It works and is easy to navigate so it all seems good

People will stray but im sure they will return. Cut the membership fees to £10 pounds a year and im sure many would join and stay members

The free sites are just free so you cant expect much


When people renew membership at least send a little gift as they are supporting the site after initial first membership with nothing to show for their loyalty to GWOA

​Speaking of which i need a new g keyring as mine lights up on its own when it chooses. It has been a great help many times

So £25 for some people is too steep. Reduce the cost and get more members


Everyone joins free sites just look at land rover ones but im sure £10 a year is ok by most and those who want totally free can go elsewhere


I dont think there are enough g wagon owners who are dedicated enough to pay £25 pounds. £10 pounds might up the numbers a lot. Free would be many more members good or bad


At the end of the day everyone gets to know who is who and some like some and others dont so it has nothing to do with the lay out its just how people are. People move on and try other things but they soon do the same and return


Some people like to talk and others dont and others just like to pick fault or think they know it all. Other just ask for advise or others some help. With parts or chassis numbers etc etc etc there is only one man who gives his all and is never usually wrong . He has helped many many people so to keep Gav would be the main priority. He deserves free membership just for his efforts whether it be fun for him to know or he just likes showing his knowledge, either way he deserves that as he has helped many no end for free. Including myself. Its never a problem and i always show my gratitude but vote free for Gav lol as he is a godsend to many and the GWOA

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I sort of agree about reducing the fee to £10 however if you can afford a G-Wagen the chances are you can afford the £25 the drawback to cutting the subscription is that we would need 2.5 times the current membership just to stand still. 

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I sort of agree about reducing the fee to £10 however if you can afford a G-Wagen the chances are you can afford the £25 the drawback to cutting the subscription is that we would need 2.5 times the current membership just to stand still. As I have paid can I have the red banner restored, please

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I think those that buy a new G-Wagen today are, in general, not the same type of person as those that bought one twenty years ago.

Some people on the GWOA, may have newer vehicles, but most owners on the forum have vehicles from the 80's 90's and 00's and as time goes on, that section of people is not being replaced by newcomers.

 

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Please keep website ideas and suggestion coming. No time span at moment.

 

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markhowes wrote:

No idea really - I just remembered from the AGM that there are plans to upgrade the site. It occurred to me that it might be helpful if as many members as possible were to say in advance what they think is missing or what could be added to make things better.

Then the powers that be could take these things into account before the upgrade takes place.

I was not present at the AGM but I think I know the plans of change you are referring to. The current Website servers or system of Drupal 6 support was to expire as it was upgraded. It is due to this expiry notice the GWOA in general either upgrades with current support but upgrading to their latest version which could be Drupal 8 or find another web site server/system. Maybe I have mentioned too much here but the crux of the matter is that we are due an upgrade and have every confidence this is something that is being looked at. 

Gentlemen, with talk of cutting membership fees for what we get and all that, please remember that a bulk of the cost goes to supporting the website, costs to AGM meetings and free nosh, insurance etc; if there is talk of cutting it becomes very difficult to budget for and who knows this could be the nail in the coffin for the club? I hope not, as I am aware the behind scene the passionate voluntary work is tremendous and without this enthusiastic in put from all those concerned this club would not be running.

As to lack or reduced activity in the club is concerned; this is down to members contributing, if they do not contribute and participate, the club can not be blamed for this.

All above views are my own as an individual and in no way authority or comments necessarily held by the club. They will need to comment for them selves. 

Other than that I am actually stuck on suggestions for improvement; any positive suggestions will undoubtedly require more investment and financial outlay. I would say devote more time to lay more activities but who has this time or facilities to centrally lay recreation on or give time and effort to something that has been previously proven of poor outcome in events?  

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Is it worth asking Daimler Benz to chip in towards our costs or to give parts discounts, this is after all the premier English Language G-Wagen/Wagon/Klasse club in the world...

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prwales wrote:

Is it worth asking Daimler Benz to chip in towards our costs or to give parts discounts, this is after all the premier English Language G-Wagen/Wagon/Klasse club in the world...

Not a bad idea, really.

Perhaps could also consider offering advertising to insurance companies with special deals for G owners ?

 

 

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Cost of the AGM meeting and free food are a good comment but how many actually turn up


How many members are abroad and we never meet them???


I attended one and there were not very many there. A pub venue with some food would save some money and they would be glad of the business im sure

How do so many other clubs have an AGM with little or no membership that are not sponsored


They do days out with a donation or for free for the tight ones lol

The site is good and i dont mind paying the fee but others are free and have many more members


I have stated the cost and to me its simple

 

 


Option 2 is pay £25 and get pretty much the same as they offer. Am i  a bit thick here or are people registering to other clubs as it is free?????


Look on similar g wagon sites and puch sites and they are all there


Do it cheaper and pay a small fee for anyone that attends days out or meetings to finance the club. If you dont go you dont pay so everyone wins. If its good days out the money will be there . Also its not unfair to people who dont want to go or genuinely cant make the dates given

I might not rejoin which is no help but there are so many other clubs doing the same thing for free so i would rather drop £10 in their charity box if i attend and event. So the more i do the better off they are

New members get lots of goodies and long term members get nothing. Does not seem fair to me and many others. Lets have some figures of people who join for just the first year and then dont continue their subscription. This would be a good black and white starting point

I feel a bit harsh posting all this but its my thoughts with good intention so here it all is
You did ask how to get more members so i am giving an honest view to help the club. Lets see what people think honestly. I know people put in a lot of hard work and gwoa is very lucky in that respect but im sure we could work round things a bit. Do we need a vote on things? and if it goes ad we are all to blame and if its better we can all smile


The question i ask which has very little to do with the first post but people have replied to what i commented on. Does the club need more money or more members????. If it was free you would get many many members new. If its money we need to sort it out better between ourselves


The AGM cost came into discussion. Many are from overseas and i dont see that many able to spend 1000s to get to the AGM so why waste so much money on the AGM and free food at an exclusive place


I also see the place is a free advert for peoples business. Thats good and worth £25 a year even for one customer but it does not give much for long term members

Just my opinion but it seems obvious . Dont get throwing any handbags or buns as an ex member once said. Its just my view and take it or leave it but i would appreciate any comments that would make this the best club bar none

Sorry i put food not nosh for proper country folk lol

 

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- the format works, it is intuitive and easy to exchange views;

- £25 is fine, after all it costs £100 to fill the tank.

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Yes it is ok and works fine but a lot have moved away so we need them back what ever we have to do

Your tank must be smaller mine costs 122 quid from light on to full at 1.21 per litre

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Hi all
Personally I feel that £25 a year is not asking much for a membership. However, I do feel that there is not much difference between the members and non-members areas. Yes we as members have more access to photos and manuals and bits here and there on the site…but that’s it… What about having a bit more for paying members that make it worthwhile so that non-members want to join?

I would rather pay £60 a year (even more) if we can have the following (I know it’s idealistic):

1. Magazine, even if we start just with one twice a year and pay someone to do this for us then (maybe approach a car publisher or local workshops to advertise in it to fund the bulk cost?).
a. Articles could be about building projects like what Gordon and some other members are doing (maybe some of the fees need to go to people like him and others who help us out or show how things are done).
b. New equipment to add or modify your G
c. Field trips and versatility of the G
d. DIY jobs on your G.
e. Publish the best blogs on the GWOA site for that time period
f. Members stories etc.

2. Sponsored quarterly field/green lane trips around the country.

3. Direct online part selling function even if we just start with club merchandise.

4. A more user friendly interface for the GWOA site for more regular news and event updates? What about a GWOA app? Its sometimes a struggle to use the website on a phone or pad.

5. More proactive participation to 4x4 events or even the normal county shows. County shows will be a great advertisement for the club as well.

6. Buy and build a Gwagen for the GWOA and owned by the club? One which can be use at various 4wheeler shows and events. Basically a show pony. There might be someone out there who might donate one to the club.

More to follow...