@MIPS, I totally understand your frustration. To be honest I am personally at least a couple months behind in my membership dues. While I do plan to catch up when I am able, I don’t feel bad about accessing the space until that point. From my perspective, it would be better for the space to have the contributions from a good member such as yourself, and no dues payment at all, than it would having neither.
That said we still need to pay the bills.
In the past there have been special arrangements struck around memberships for individuals, but these have been verbal agreements with no documentation. This creates a problem as time goes on and the board changes over etc. Temporary arrangements become less temporary, and so on…
We want to be an inclusive group, and DO NOT want to lose core individuals such as yourself. Based on what what you do around the space, @Bradley-Maker, @Vaughn and myself all agreed that we would be very happy to see you continue to continue membership at the rate of $50/month if you feel you can afford that. That just happened to be the first three board members that ran into each other, I feel confident the other members of the board would agree.
As a matter of policy, we would rather deal with these discussions discretely and in a non-public fashion for member privacy reasons, so please do not feel compelled to commit to anything publicly. But I do hope that you are not “done” at the space as you put it.
I would like to find sources of funding to subsidize memberships for more people, and we will continue to work on this. But in the mean time we would rather work with individuals to accommodate access than lose members. We just need to get a handle on what those accommodations are.
Thank you for your raising your concerns.