Ya know, when I mentioned that I had upgraded my membership, I neglected to note something. If you received the recent "validate your membership now" mailing (mine was dated November 28) that included the option to upgrade your membership, you might want to do it via the toll-free number rather than mailing in the card or doing it online. Three reasons:
First, if you tell them you want your upgrade associated with a specific membership drive, they will do that. I gave them the Project One Million: Texas
Second: when I declined, at that time, any additional memberships as gifts, I said I was planning to buy two annuals, but had to first confirm with the folks that they wanted them. The operator told me that so long as I called back to the special 877-NRA-2008 number, the discounted rate of $20 per annual membership would remain valid through January 20. And I was again told so long as I requested the new memberships be associated with XR019416, they would be.
Third, they'll also ask you if you want to contribute a one-year membership for $25 to a member of our armed forces. Evidently the NRA is collecting a pool of the donated memberships and making them available at no charge to people serving in the military. Seemed like a good idea to me, so I took 'em up on that one. It won't necessarily be a new Texas membership, but it's a good cause.
And that leads me to Scott's observation:
scott_dfw wrote:One idea... I'm not sure how many "financially endowed" people we have on the board here, or that are able to be tapped into...but I work at a University, and I could sign up dozens of people. I think if the money aspect were taken out (for some people) then it would help encourage them to sign up. I know a lot of people that have the desire and the pro-gun mindset, that can't commit the $ at this time.
I am far
from "financially endowed," but I could spring for more two annual memberships as gifts for people I don't know. And I'll bet others here would be willing to offer up a membership or two in the Christmas spirit.
If someone wants to administer the idea, it seems like we could start another Topic where members here could raise their hands and commit to one or more gift memberships. Then the administrator of the "plan" would match us up with a Texan who wants a membership, and PM us his or her details (name, complete mailing address, telephone number, email address; magazine preference: American Rifleman
, American Hunter
, America's 1st Freedom
...yeah; I snagged the required info off the NRA Website).
We'd buy the membership in the "giftee's" name, and notify the plan administrator when the deed was done. We or the administrator could drop an email back to the "giftee" confirming that they'd be receiving their credentials soon.
I imagine there would be no shortage of folks, particularly students, who might want to put their names in the hat for a free membership. For example, I know that Lone Star Community College near Conroe runs a program called "The Second Amendment Academy." I'd bet the faculty sponsors for that would welcome the idea of a pool of free NRA memberships. If it catches on, no reason it couldn't extend a few months beyond Christmas and just be sort of a first-in first-out waiting list in the name of Project One Million: Texas
. I could go a couple of more gift memberships after we get past the holidays.
I don't know how many offers to sponsor memberships we could get, so we should probably start small with a "Willing to Sponsor" Topic, and just see what comes of it.
But we'd need an administrator/organizer (wink, wink). Whaddya (nudge, nudge) think, Scott? The administrator could report simple numbers here to keep us informed of all the good work we're doing; no names. And maintain an Excel spreadsheet with the details for Charles and Texas CHL Forum, Inc.
Thinkin' out loud...