It is all about "Supporting the Organizations" that are important to YOU.
VGC is a "non profit registered society" and is "Member Driven" and SOLELY financially dependent on Membership Sales, Renewals and Day Pass revenues. Without these revenues, the club would not be capable of maintaining or improving the existing facilities.
The three previously designated reciprocal clubs, do not provide, on a reciprocal basis, Sporting Clay, Bunker, 5 Stand or International skeet. These venues are extremely expensive to capitalize and to maintain at the "World Class" level available to the public. VGC is the only Lower Mainland club that can provide a full service 6 discipline facility and has on several occasions hosted National and Internationally recognized Shooting events.
The previous reciprocal arrangement was specific to Trap and Skeet but unfortunately it was being abused and on several occasions, Non VGC Members, who had purchased lower cost Memberships at the reciprocal clubs, frequently used the VGC facilities, and were allowed to purchase VGC Member discount shooting cards.
VGC was providing the services, but was not receiving the Membership revenue. Non Members were shooting at the same costs as VGC Members so the question became, "why purchase a VGC Membership when I can buy one for 50% of the cost and have the benefits of the VGC club and all the facilities?).
Reality is, that is not how it works and in order for a club like VGC to exist, Members MUST financially support and provide volunteer services. This allows VGC to maintain the facilities and provide a high level of service and MOST important "subsidize shooting costs". VGC cannot continue to provide a "subsidized cost plan" to Non Members.
If VGC was a private entity the costs of shooting and the Membership costs would be double, check out some of the private club costs in Alberta and the USA. The rise in the US dollar has caused the cost of targets and equipment and taxes to increase by 35%. The club has absorbed the costs to the Members. A private club would charge .50 cents a target, versus VGC .25 cents. No one at VGC is getting paid except the Trap kids.
VGC is dependent on the current and active "Volunteer Group" to provide a quality experience. Members must financially support the club and or volunteer their time and services so VGC can continue to subsidize the ongoing facility costs.
GET INVOLVED AND VOLUNTEER or at least BUY A MEMBERSHIP and be part of the SUPPORT GROUP if you want this club to stay open.!!!!!