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I must have missed something. In previous years I would have received a MI calendar by now. Today I received a letter from MI asking for a donation for which I would receive a calendar. Don't get me wrong,I don't care if I get a calendar or not. And I made a decent donation when I last renewed. But I have to question the marketing. Asking your membership for a donation the week after Christmas is poor timing at it's best. And who wants a calendar in this day and age anyway? I would buy an MI hoodie or collectable bait in a minute. Calendar,not so much. "26 shirts" out of Buffalo does it right. They put out a design and take orders by a certain date then place the order. No leftover inventory or waste that way. Just sayin.

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I've been a member of MI for 19 years now, and I didn't get a calendar for the first time that I can remember. Haven't noticed any letter yet either. I was disappointed to not receive one for 2017. I still stick mine on the side of the refrigerator. Last year my daughter's photo was in the calendar for one of the summer months. I usually make an additional donation when I renew also.


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The other day, Jim told me he received a package with about 12 calendars in the mail. There was also a letter explaining that since they only received donations from about 10% when they sent calendars to all members they decided to only send them to members who previously sent a donation for the calendar. The letter also said they were sending them to new members. I guess if the new member doesn't give a donation, they will not get one the following year. In addition, they sent a package to each chapter with calendars in a number equal to 20% of the chapter membership. They want us to ask members who would like a calendar to give a donation for it. They did not suggest any number but said for us to keep half the donations and send half to MI Corporate. I don't know if they expect us to put a number (or minimum) on it or leave it open to the individual (I guess donations of $50 or higher gets you a Gander gift card). Or what to do with any calendars that are left. I would support giving them to TIBS, Dr Farrell, DEC offices, Thousand Island Museum or local tackle shops where they can be displayed for the public to see. They present a good overview of what the chapters in other states are doing.

 

I have heard that they were disappointed in the number of donations they were getting for the calendars yearly, but I do not remember any notice that they were going to do this. Old Man, I guess other donations weren't considered.

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Thx for the info tiger hunter.... I'll be sure to list those dates again in the Muskie magazine prior to the season open for those who have not received a calender( me included).My objective was to get those dates in the calender so all chapters and members would see them hopefully boosting participation outcome.Atleast I know everyone will get that mag... I hope!

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