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The Webfooted Astronomer - July 2001
From the President's Pen . . . I Want It Now!!
By Mary Ingersoll
A young boy and his father were walking through the mall one day. The boy
stopped outside a toy store, his eyes riveted to his heart's desire. "There
it is, Dad!" His father looked at the object and asked, "Do you have enough
"Oh yes, Father! I've been working hard and saving my money, just like you
told me to do. I've got just enough."
It's hard to teach young people the good reasons for saving because they are unable to see much further than a few weeks down the road of life. But it can also be just as difficult to know when to spend the money you've been saving when all you know how to do is save. What's the best way to spend money? What's the best way to spend the club's money?
The board has been very careful over the past six years. Board members were very frugal, saving and getting by on less in order to grow a secure nest egg for the club. Now we believe that it is time to work with the extra money we have for the benefit of the members who invested it. The board wants to put together a budget, a proposal for short term goals and a proposal for long term goals.
On July 18, we will be meeting at our regular time and place to have a discussion about the future. About the future of the club and where we want to invest our money. It is very important that you submit your opinions either by mailing the survey to us, or by bringing it to the July 18 meeting for discussion. This could be the shortest meeting of the year, or it could end up being the longest. It is my hope that this will be a time of open discussion where we can be free to voice our opinions and lay the ground work so that the board can complete a plan of action that will be both beneficial as well as profitable for the club. I believe it is possible to save and spend responsibly. Come and talk.
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