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Pat DiPersia
04-26-2010, 05:31 PM
First - I am sending any queries from other threads or emails here. Unfortunately, we get many emails every day on this topic, and looks like we have several threads going now on this as well. I can't send personal responses to everyone on this - please read below. If you have a question that is not answered, please feel free to post it. If your question IS answered below and you don't read this thread and ask the same question anyway - my apologies as we will not respond.

I wanted to update everyone on the membership dues situation. As many of you know, we're very far behind on getting these processed. All dues paid prior to about 1/1/2010 have been processed. Anything paid after 1/1/2010 has not. See this thread for more info - http://www.sccoa.com/forums/showthread.php?t=82622

Here's where we stand -

- We have automated 95% of the dues processing at this point. The only part we have not yet automated (That we're aware of) is the assigning of new member numbers. This will stay a manual process right now, but will not hold up processing.
- The automated system will allow INSTANT forum upgrades if you pay via our automated system that handles Paypal. Currently, we will only accept PayPal. You still have the option to mail a check, but this will take longer to process as none of this is automated.
- We HOPE to have all outstanding memberships processed and the automated system in place by the end of May. THIS IS NOT A GUARANTEE! This is our plan.
- All memberships will be given one year from the date of processing, NOT the date they were paid.
- The automated system will allow a recurring membership payment, or a one-time. Anyone performing a one-time payment will receive notifications prior to their membership lapsing. Once lapsed, you will lose your benefits to the system AUTOMATICALLY. Once you pay back up, you will regain your benefits AUTOMATICALLY. No one will lose a member number - once assigned, these are for life.
- Anyone who is currently set up as a member but has not paid their dues in over a year will get a 30 day window to re-up their membership. You should receive a notification once we set this up. Your one month will be treated as a non-recurring membership in the system so you'll receive the standard notifications from our system and we can begin processing in the automated system.

So that's that. We apologize this has taken so long and we have no excuses. Hopefully once this issue is resolved and behind us, we can look to implementing new member features to the site and continue moving forward.

Finally, we do get requests for help. Thank you! We do put out feelers occasionally when we need help with a particular task. (See SC of the Month, for example.)

Thank you again for your patience. We truly are not trying to run a "shady" business. We are all in this for the love of these cars. Unfortunately, our personal lives sometimes get in the way and we don't get the opportunity to spend as much time as we'd like on SCCoA tasks.

BlackbirdSc94
04-27-2010, 12:33 PM
I just paid with pay pal on the 24th, no instant upgrades here:confused: did I read that wrong or did it just get started yesterday when you posted this. My apologies if I did

Pat DiPersia
04-27-2010, 12:40 PM
Sorry, I should have made this clearer - re-reading what I wrote is definitely confusing.

Here's the original text from my post:

We have automated 95% of the dues processing at this point. The only part we have not yet automated (That we're aware of) is the assigning of new member numbers. This will stay a manual process right now, but will not hold up processing.

What I should have said was:

We have configured and tested the automated system; it will handle 95% of the tasks surrounding dues processing. The only part we have not yet automated (That we're aware of) is the assigning of new member numbers. This will stay a manual process right now, but will not hold up processing.

Later on in my post, I state:

We HOPE to have all outstanding memberships processed and the automated system in place by the end of May. THIS IS NOT A GUARANTEE! This is our plan.


So basically - we've tested the system. It works as intended. If all goes well, we'll have it in place and operational by the end of May - hopefully sooner. My recommendation to anyone looking to join is to hold off for now until we have the automated system in place. Thanks!

rlittlep
04-27-2010, 01:01 PM
First - I am sending any queries from other threads or emails here. Unfortunately, we get many emails every day on this topic, and looks like we have several threads going now on this as well. I can't send personal responses to everyone on this - please read below. If you have a question that is not answered, please feel free to post it. If your question IS answered below and you don't read this thread and ask the same question anyway - my apologies as we will not respond.

I wanted to update everyone on the membership dues situation. As many of you know, we're very far behind on getting these processed. All dues paid prior to about 1/1/2010 have been processed. Anything paid after 1/1/2010 has not. See this thread for more info - http://www.sccoa.com/forums/showthread.php?t=82622

Here's where we stand -

- We have automated 95% of the dues processing at this point. The only part we have not yet automated (That we're aware of) is the assigning of new member numbers. This will stay a manual process right now, but will not hold up processing.
- The automated system will allow INSTANT forum upgrades if you pay via our automated system that handles Paypal. Currently, we will only accept PayPal. You still have the option to mail a check, but this will take longer to process as none of this is automated.
- We HOPE to have all outstanding memberships processed and the automated system in place by the end of May. THIS IS NOT A GUARANTEE! This is our plan.
- All memberships will be given one year from the date of processing, NOT the date they were paid.
- The automated system will allow a recurring membership payment, or a one-time. Anyone performing a one-time payment will receive notifications prior to their membership lapsing. Once lapsed, you will lose your benefits to the system AUTOMATICALLY. Once you pay back up, you will regain your benefits AUTOMATICALLY. No one will lose a member number - once assigned, these are for life.
- Anyone who is currently set up as a member but has not paid their dues in over a year will get a 30 day window to re-up their membership. You should receive a notification once we set this up. Your one month will be treated as a non-recurring membership in the system so you'll receive the standard notifications from our system and we can begin processing in the automated system.

So that's that. We apologize this has taken so long and we have no excuses. Hopefully once this issue is resolved and behind us, we can look to implementing new member features to the site and continue moving forward.

Finally, we do get requests for help. Thank you! We do put out feelers occasionally when we need help with a particular task. (See SC of the Month, for example.)

Thank you again for your patience. We truly are not trying to run a "shady" business. We are all in this for the love of these cars. Unfortunately, our personal lives sometimes get in the way and we don't get the opportunity to spend as much time as we'd like on SCCoA tasks.

I joined in February and received my membership number yesterday,allowing me to finally see/post to certain sections of the forum. Thank You!

BlackbirdSc94
04-30-2010, 01:14 PM
Works for me, its just alot better to get a reply other than we're working on it. Im sure that was why people were getting upset, not about the money or them thinking they would get ripped off. See you guys in the private sector:cool:

Mike8675309
06-13-2010, 04:37 PM
We HOPE to have all outstanding memberships processed and the automated system in place by the end of May

how is it coming with the automated system?

solow
06-13-2010, 06:05 PM
Dont forget about me.. would help alot to get into the forums .. since I am not a mechanic ..SO I can read about some of the gaps in my learning curve.
Craig in phoenix

gldiii
06-14-2010, 08:58 AM
how is it coming with the automated system?

I'm always the holdup. I have some outstanding manual work to do on dues mailed and the last of the old PayPal payments. I cannot speak for Pat, but I think he is just waiting on that final spreadsheet of member information from me and then he will setup the automated system. I'm trying to finish up my part, but have not been able to at this time. As soon as I can get a couple of free nights, I'll finish up and finally get our of the way of this process.

demann
06-28-2010, 05:02 PM
Hi George,

How is the new member dues sytem coming along? I am recently back into owning an SC, and I really want to rejoin SCCoA.

Also, I hope my old membership number is still available. I don't know if it will be, as I haven't been an active SCCoA member since the late 90's. :eek:

Regards,
Greg

mr_josh
06-28-2010, 06:28 PM
Also a new SC owner (long-time MN-12 owner), would like to chip-in my $.

Pat DiPersia
06-29-2010, 09:21 PM
Unfortunately, I know George has been busy with work and hasn't been able to catch up. Nothing more I can say about that.

Regarding membership numbers, those are "lifetime." Even if you're no longer a member, that's still your number. If you join back up at any time, you get the original number you always had.

BlackbirdSc94
07-01-2010, 01:24 PM
They are working on it, I just got in Monday. Been about 2 months but Im in

275hptbirdsc
07-06-2010, 01:14 PM
Wondering when you guys are planning on letting people join again? i just bought a 92 a week ago and im planning on somewhat restoring it/getting it back on the road and I bet some of those member only threads would be a big help to me.

Pat DiPersia
07-06-2010, 02:31 PM
All I can say is we're one step closer to making this happen. All PayPal memberships are up-to-date, and we have a handful of checks that need to get processed.

Once that's done, we need to upload (Manually) a load of data to the server and we're done and the system will be turned on.

No dates at this time as I don't want to promise anything. I haven't seen the data yet to determine how long it's going to take to enter everything.

275hptbirdsc
07-06-2010, 06:42 PM
All I can say is we're one step closer to making this happen. All PayPal memberships are up-to-date, and we have a handful of checks that need to get processed.

Once that's done, we need to upload (Manually) a load of data to the server and we're done and the system will be turned on.

No dates at this time as I don't want to promise anything. I haven't seen the data yet to determine how long it's going to take to enter everything.

So I cant buy a membership till you upload the new stuff to the server?

Mike8675309
07-06-2010, 07:17 PM
From a post above, here was Pat's recommendation:


My recommendation to anyone looking to join is to hold off for now until we have the automated system in place. Thanks!

Pat DiPersia
07-06-2010, 07:40 PM
Sorry, but this is the direction we decided to take. It would not be fair to people who paid months ago if we turned on the automated system and others were gaining access IMMEDIATELY versus someone that paid months ago.

I'm hoping to have this wrapped up soon. We're trying our hardest. Everyone has waited WAY too long - just give us a little more time so we can be done with this issue.

demann
07-20-2010, 05:18 PM
Any updates? Are we there yet?

gldiii
07-23-2010, 11:32 AM
No updates and we are not there yet. As soon as I get free weekend to finish up the remaining memberships, Pat will get it setup.

Don't worry, I'll be posting everywhere once my task is completed.

275hptbirdsc
07-23-2010, 10:17 PM
No updates and we are not there yet. As soon as I get free weekend to finish up the remaining memberships, Pat will get it setup.

Don't worry, I'll be posting everywhere once my task is completed.

Great cant wait! Ill be paying the day the new system is put in!:D

SouthGaSC
07-28-2010, 07:09 PM
I, too, am anxiously awaiting open membership! How will we know or be notified when membership is opened up?

Thanks,
Rob

Pat DiPersia
07-28-2010, 09:14 PM
Trust me, you'll know - I imagine we'll announce it in just about every forum!

TXrgvBIRD
09-28-2010, 09:41 PM
Got my number not too long ago!!! thanks you guys are doing a GREAT job keep up the good work

TSC89
10-26-2010, 02:50 PM
So what are you supposed to do if you are trying to renew your membership?
Mine expires in a couple of days.

wterry
11-03-2010, 12:56 PM
I am waiting to become a new member and was wondering how much longer you thought it might be until folks can become new members.
This is the absolute best website for SC information I have ever seen.
You guy's really have your stuff together with knowing what you are talking about.
Can't wait to be a member ( although i have to ).
Thanks,
Bill :D

auto alchemist
12-22-2010, 02:35 PM
bump, any new info about this yet?

im going to be restoring 2 SC's in the near future and i want to become a member so i can check out the restoration area (among others) but i figured it would be best to wait until the automated system is up and running so i wont have to wait so long.

gldiii
12-22-2010, 06:04 PM
No real new news. But please wait until we announce the automated system. Manual payments made now coud cause further delays, since my manual processing of payments got us behind in the first place. I am hoping the holidays give me some extra time to devote to the board issues.

Don't worry, as Pat said, the annoucement will be all over the boards.

RotaryKlown
01-11-2011, 01:03 PM
I paid my dues via the automated system on Sept. 5th, and was wondering if I should have a number by now? I'd really like to make use of the discount with spinningwheels

kenewagner
01-11-2011, 01:36 PM
I paid my dues via the automated system on Sept. 5th, and was wondering if I should have a number by now? I'd really like to make use of the discount with spinningwheels

I am willing to bet if you explain to Victor about the dues, he will work with you.

whitecl0ver
02-02-2011, 04:34 PM
I know this thread is old as dirt....But Will paid memberships ever be brought back? Seems like it's been an issue for over a year...

Blade Runner
02-08-2011, 05:02 AM
As a long time "lurker", I was kinda wondering the same thing. I read elsewhere that the automated system should be in place by June of '10, and it's, well, y'all know. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to a response!

gldiii
02-09-2011, 12:19 PM
No exact timeline, but we will let it be known when it happens. We always appreciate your support.

Bondo's90SC
02-09-2011, 02:55 PM
I know that no one can join right now because the system isn't ready yet
but I was wondering how much is it going to even cost to join because I haven't seen a membership cost anywhere.
Thanks:D

David Neibert
02-09-2011, 06:08 PM
I know that no one can join right now because the system isn't ready yet
but I was wondering how much is it going to even cost to join because I haven't seen a membership cost anywhere.
Thanks:D

It's been $15 per year.

David

Chrismiss
02-25-2011, 02:20 PM
Looking forward to being able to renew.

davec73
02-25-2011, 05:25 PM
I have to renew as well so let me know when I can

Superloop
02-28-2011, 10:13 PM
I want to be a member. I've been around for like 8 years I didn't become a member when I could and now that I can't I want to:rolleyes:

tbirdsc15
03-19-2011, 11:35 AM
I am also wondering about the membership. I am a new SC owner and would love to contribute my part and my money to become a member. I think this website is awesome. Please let me know when I can become a member and update my on the timeline of when it should be ready for me to sign up. Thanks for your time, Rob.:)

jasond
04-04-2011, 07:38 PM
Any updates?

Rezid
05-06-2011, 12:47 PM
Whats the news so far?? Any progress?!

gldiii
05-12-2011, 10:28 AM
We will post it up as soon as we are ready.

Nando559
05-14-2011, 12:41 AM
Ive been waiting to join since I found out about this site last year! Been a SC owner since 05(My 1990 SC auto was my 1st car!) and this site has been ALOT of HELP to me. It feels like FAMILY HERE! HOPE to JOIN ASAP!!!!:cool:

Hasher76
05-15-2011, 07:44 PM
i joined up already, but how do you find out what the membership number is. I did get instant access to the member forum instantly though which was nice.

Helltime
05-20-2011, 10:09 AM
Can't wait to get my membership....would like to access the other parts of the forums (mainly suspension right now!). Hope your accepting new ones soon.

Most Wanted
05-23-2011, 10:36 PM
New owner here as well. Looking to sign up as i need to start working on my suspension and need to research it as well. How long are we looking at???

Killinchevys
05-28-2011, 08:12 PM
i ant to become a member but the site ont let me is there a different way to join

Helltime
06-06-2011, 08:34 PM
Hope this gets resolved soon because I'm about to start on my car and really want access to the other parts of the forums!

Pat DiPersia
06-07-2011, 10:33 AM
This thread is officially closed - and SCCoA membership has officially reopened! Please see the thread below for more information -

http://www.sccoa.com/forums/showthread.php?t=120821

Nettlesd
06-07-2011, 11:52 AM
Sweet! Thanks again everyone.

BlackbirdSc94
09-07-2011, 01:34 PM
whoops, old thread