They’re different right? Well, sort of…
Many of you will have had emails from email@example.com (and many more will soon get your own) about your current membership being changed to an Annual Membership. This is good. It’s not a scam as some people have questioned.
It’s not a change to your membership, rather a change to the way we collect your membership details and how we ask new members to join our great club. For many years now, we have been able to join online using a standard form (Machform) which has served us well, but it’s time to move forward from spreadsheets and actually have something useful and easy to operate.
We now have a system from Paid Memberships Pro. All your information is the same and secure, but you will no longer have to enter your details unless you want to change something (for example, your contact details or your bike).
The great thing about this new system is you can now renew using your credit/debit card, cheque or bank transfer – PayPal is coming soon. You don’t need to pay online if you don’t want to. Just renew with the new form and send a cheque to Fran, our membership secretary or pay by BACS to the club account. All payment details and instructions are at the end of the form.
You will also discover that you can print your Membership Card from your own account page – how cool is that? You can even store it on your phone and show it at a rally entrance instead of fiddling in your wallet. More features will be coming soon – such as reading Clatter online (for members only) and we will be restricting some pages to members only too – have you ever seen those annoying messages from the forum?
So, for the moment, I am transferring over all our membership details onto the new system with the current membership data. It’s a loooonnnggg manual process, trust me. And this is why you will get an email or two from the club. One email is about registering for the club, the other will be about your membership expiring on 31st March 2024.
If you ever lose your password you can reset it here: Reset my Password.
The club website is like any other website. To use it to its fullest potential, you will need an email address and a strong password. There are websites to help you to create strong passwords – one I personally like is here: https://www.strongpasswordgenerator.org/ and there are others such as https://bitwarden.com/password-generator/.
I would also suggest using a password manager. The ones supplied by Microsoft and Google are both excellent and available in your browser but there are other options available for Free and Paid For – you can read about them here if you wish to: https://uk.pcmag.com/password-managers/4296/the-best-password-managers
And don’t worry if you ever get locked out because you used the wrong password, username or email address. It’s just for 30 minutes and you can try again. If I’m at my computer and see it’s happened to you, I can react much more quickly. But I do have a daytime job you know.
Many thanks for your understanding and reading this far down the page.
Nick Lappage – VSOC Web Developer