November/December 2002
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Important Notice Regarding the W.O.A.

Dear Members,
In 1997 when the Winnipeg Ostomy Association transferred affiliation from the United Ostomy Association, Inc., in the United States to the United Ostomy Association of Canada, the national portion of the membership dues, which had been in effect since August 1994, was $18.00 per year, per member. The Board of Directors of the United Ostomy Association of Canada committed to maintain that fee for four years. At the National Council meeting on August 17, 2002, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Board of Directors invoked clause 3 of the United Ostomy Association of Canada Bylaws thus raising the National dues to $20.00 per year, per member. As a chapter of U.O.A.C., The Winnipeg Ostomy Association is obligated to now pay $20.00 out of every $30.00 we collect as membership fees, directly to U.O.A.C. This results in a drop of $2.00 in revenue for each membership paid to the W.O.A. The W.O.A. membership fee was raised from $25.00 to $30.00 in 1995 in response to the raise in National dues in 1994.

After careful consideration, and given our present financial situation as described in the President's Message in this newsletter, the executive committee is in unanimous agreement that the W.O.A. cannot absorb this drop in revenue placed upon us by our National Association. Therefore your executive is proposing that the membership dues of the Winnipeg Ostomy Association be set at $40.00 per member, per year, thus meeting the U.O.A.C. increase and adding some additional revenue to our budget. A final decision will be made by the members present February 26, 2003 chapter meeting. The earliest that an adjustment could be made would be to the membership fees due in the spring of 2003.

The executive would appreciate feedback from you on this important matter. Please let us know your feelings, no later than December 31st, 2002, in writing to our mailing address or come out to a monthly meeting and speak to us in person.

204 825 Sherbrook St.
Winnipeg, MB.
R3A 1M5

Or via e-mail to:

The Executive Committee

Via Inside Out On-line Nov/Dec 2002.

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