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MaryJane
Queen Bee

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MaryJane
Moscow Idaho
USA
15500 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2016 :  07:43:31 AM  Show Profile
What do you think of this idea? We've been asked before but Brian was asked again recently:

"Hi Brian,

Thank you for the reminder. I don't know how I missed the first reminder email but I did. I would flip over nuts if my farmgirl sisterhood membership expired!!!

Is there a lifetime membership available that could be paid one time so I don't have the scare of missing the renewal?

Take care and be blessed."

Many (and I mean many:) years ago I bought a lifetime membership at our local food co-op (probably 1986). It cost $100. An annual membership at the Co-op costs $10. And like our sister above, I've liked it that it's been forever taken care of.

What are your thoughts? I'm all ears.


MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~

levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

8323 Posts

Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
8323 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2016 :  07:54:09 AM  Show Profile
I like the idea of having that option MaryJane. I've been here a long time and this forum has just become a part of our lives. Everyone in my family knows what I am talking about when I say the forum. They don't have to ask which one because they know it's the farmgirls.
Would be nice to not have to remember to do that every year especially as time goes by and the forgetter starts really working well.


~Denise~
Farmgirl Sister #43

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5986 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5986 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2016 :  07:58:28 AM  Show Profile
Depending on the cost I would be interested.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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rphelps4
True Blue Farmgirl

620 Posts

roxanna
westport indiana
USA
620 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2016 :  08:12:02 AM  Show Profile  Send rphelps4 a Yahoo! Message
I would be interested for sure!


Roxanna Farmgirl# 3963
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Kathleen
Custer SD
81 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2016 :  08:16:13 AM  Show Profile
I definitely like the idea. This Sister Hood has meant a lot to me. Helped me stay busy and I'm learning
new things all the time. But most of all, gaining lots of sisters! Kathleen


Have a blessed day. Farmgirl Sister #6701
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Cissik
True Blue Farmgirl

518 Posts

Sylvia
Kent WA
USA
518 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2016 :  08:25:16 AM  Show Profile
Sounds like a great idea. I would be in favor.


Sylvia
Kent, WA
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

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CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13370 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2016 :  09:27:58 AM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message
Mary Jane,
I'd be very interested, but as Sara says, it would depend on the cost. I think it's a great idea!
Thanks for asking for feedback!
CJ

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janamarieje
True Blue Farmgirl

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Jana
Southern California
USA
1022 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2016 :  09:36:13 AM  Show Profile
I have a feeling for the members it would be great but for your business end it may not be so good. Meaning the first year income would be great for MJF but after that it will be tight making ends meet with staff and hosting expenses and without annual membership renewals coming in, especially down the line. Have you thought of multiple year renewal, like five and ten year?

Jana
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Kathleen
Custer SD
81 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2016 :  09:50:39 AM  Show Profile
Great idea Jana!

Have a blessed day. Farmgirl Sister #6701
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

5213 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
5213 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2016 :  12:02:57 PM  Show Profile
I agree with Jana. Maybe offer a few different options that people can choose from. That way everyone gets what works best for them. Maybe do a 1 year, 3 year, 5 year, and lifetime. That way even people who don't want to renew every year can purchase a 3 year renewal without spending a bunch a once. It seems large amounts of money at once may be an issue for some, which is understandable.

Krista
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Daizy
True Blue Farmgirl

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Daizy
Talladega Alabama
USA
957 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2016 :  3:47:42 PM  Show Profile
Hay there,

I thought that was my note to Brian. Mine reads almost the exact same on line one. I think a few years would be great and, if affordable, a lifetime membership would be really cool. I can just imagine my excitement when I receive my annual certificate in the mail without my forgetting to send for it. Whoo hoo!!!

Hugs and prayers, Daizy #1093
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janamarieje
True Blue Farmgirl

1022 Posts

Jana
Southern California
USA
1022 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2016 :  3:51:21 PM  Show Profile
I am sorry Daizy, I didn't mean to take your idea, as a matter of fact my portion was more on why I think a lifetime membership may not be advisable for MJF. Regardless there has been great points made on the subject.

Jana
#7110
http://www.emhardt.com

Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes. ~Author Unknown
All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt! ~Charles Schulz
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

5668 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
5668 Posts

Posted - Oct 26 2016 :  06:39:02 AM  Show Profile
I tend to agree that the lifetime membership would be good for members but not good for business on your end, As rates increase to produce and mail the magazine, the life time members will not have to bear those costs which would hurt you. Also, if the person moves and drifts away from MJF, then you are sending out magazines to an address that may not be current and having to absorb those costs. Practically, i like the idea of a two year or four year option. That seems to be a common pattern for other magazines that I see. It does provide cost benefits from purchasing it at a store, but does not get so far ahead that MJF gets caught in price increases with no way to make up the difference with those lifetime members.

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5986 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5986 Posts

Posted - Oct 26 2016 :  07:14:52 AM  Show Profile
One thing MaryJane's question about Lifetime Sisterhood Membership brought out is how much being part of this wonderful group of like minded women means to us. She values our opinion and we want her to prosper in her business. Whatever membership plan is worked out I have faith that it will benefit us all.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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MaryJane
Queen Bee

15500 Posts

MaryJane
Moscow Idaho
USA
15500 Posts

Posted - Oct 26 2016 :  07:21:38 AM  Show Profile
Keep your ideas and valued opinions coming!!! They proved very helpful yesterday when Lucas, Meg, and I were discussing.

MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~
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herblady55
True Blue Farmgirl

3468 Posts

Judy
Louisville Ohio(Stark Co)
USA
3468 Posts

Posted - Jan 07 2017 :  5:18:46 PM  Show Profile
Hey Gals, I like the idea of a 3 year membership. Since I'm going to be 62 soon, my remember-er(is a word, yes?)is getting slower, so to not have to clutter it up too much remembering yearly fees, that's a good 're-member-thing,' right?* giggle* Whew, that was a lot of member-words, I need a nap now!hahaha

Sister-chick# 905(Sept.14th 2009)
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Judy
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churunga
True Blue Farmgirl

3777 Posts

Marie
Minneapolis MN
USA
3777 Posts

Posted - Jan 08 2017 :  07:39:56 AM  Show Profile
Not only does Mary Jane care about us but we also care about Mary Jane and her business. Aren't we just a great bunch of farmgirls?

Marie, Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

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hoosiercountry
True Blue Farmgirl

572 Posts

karla
north port fl
USA
572 Posts

Posted - Jan 08 2017 :  2:30:04 PM  Show Profile
I like the idea of 3 or say 5 year membership, but lifetime no. It is a kind thought on your part Mary Jane, but I only see it as bad for the future of your business. Several (30+) years ago I started subscribing to a wonderful magazine for people that lived or wanted to live in the country. They had no ads, just big beautiful pictures, receipts, and wonderful articles of interest. It started offering really good subscription rates for 10 years, so I took advantage of the deal. Well within time the magazine began to place ads, the quality of the paper went to a due paper instead of glossy. The general quality changed, I still get it, but I do not enjoy it like I once did.
I would not like to see that happen to the Farm. I thank you for thinking of us farm girls and our pockets, but for this farm girl I go for a 3 to 5 year membership. Hugs Karla
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hudsonsinaf
True Blue Farmgirl

3153 Posts

Shannon
Rozet Wyoming
USA
3153 Posts

Posted - Jan 08 2017 :  4:02:49 PM  Show Profile
I think I am confused.... Are you talking about offering a lifetime membership to the magazine or to the Sisterhood? I think a lifetime membership to the Sisterhood would be LOVELY, but think an extended membership (such as 3, 5, or 10 year) membership to the magazine would be more advisable from a business spectrum.

~ Shannon, Sister # 5349
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

8323 Posts

Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
8323 Posts

Posted - Jan 08 2017 :  4:25:03 PM  Show Profile
Shannon,
I believe it is a lifetime membership to the Sisterhood. Not sure if it has been confused along the way.

~Denise~
Farmgirl Sister #43

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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DeVaudrey18
True Blue Farmgirl

57 Posts

Jessica
NJ
USA
57 Posts

Posted - Jan 20 2017 :  6:13:23 PM  Show Profile
That would be wonderful! That way when my finances are settled I could join in and not have to worry about what finances would be like when membership time rolled around again. :)

J'ai valu,vaux et Vaudrai
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

8323 Posts

Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
8323 Posts

Posted - Jan 21 2017 :  06:44:01 AM  Show Profile
Maybe there could be a few different ways offered? That way whatever works for someone, they could go with that.

~Denise~
Farmgirl Sister #43

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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sherone_13
True Blue Farmgirl

2448 Posts

Sherone
Evanston WY
USA
2448 Posts

Posted - Jan 23 2017 :  10:28:05 AM  Show Profile
Definitely interested....as Sister #93, I am invested either way!

Sherone

Farmgirl Sister #93
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

8323 Posts

Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
8323 Posts

Posted - Jan 23 2017 :  5:45:15 PM  Show Profile
Sherone,
That's how I feel about it too!


~Denise~
Farmgirl Sister #43

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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nndairy
True Blue Farmgirl

2401 Posts

Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
2401 Posts

Posted - Jan 24 2017 :  11:57:03 AM  Show Profile
What about offering "reward" years? Maybe instead of lifetime memberships do a buy 4 get one free or buy 9 get one free kind of thing? You could give them fun names and special certificates.

~Heather
Farmgirl Sister #4701
September 2014 Farmgirl of the Month
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"The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment" - Yogi teabag
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RachelLeigh
True Blue Farmgirl

633 Posts

Rachel
Rainier WA
USA
633 Posts

Posted - Jan 29 2017 :  2:00:45 PM  Show Profile
Weighing in super-late, but I love this idea. I'm terrible at remembering to renew things and have accidentally let my Sisterhood membership lapse a time or two, so I'd be happy to do a lifetime membership!


Farmgirl Sister #5159
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