The OGAE network has recently approved a proposal by OGAE International to move to an electronic membership card. We will be using a smartphone application called "Cardskipper" to provide the cards. There are going to be a lot of benefits to this - mainly that people will be able to get their cards and membership numbers very quickly upon joining, and no longer need to wait up to a year for a card run to be done. Also makes it harder to lose!
The roll out will be phased, with all clubs on line by February 2019. It will require you to have a smart phone. Whilst we can in exceptional circumstances allow you to keep your membership on your physical card (if you do not have a smart phone), as you will no longer count as a member for the purposes of the ticket list (this has been stipulated by OGAE International - this is not a club specific rule), you will no longer be able to access fan club tickets.
We don't know yet when our Club will have the new cards rolled out, but we will let you know as soon as we do.
If you have requested a physical card since the last card run in late 2017 it will NOT be produced. You will only receive the electronic card.
We will only be adding members who have renewed for 2018/19 to the electronic membership cards. Those who are yet to renew will only be added when they do. This is because we have to pay for each member we load.
In the coming weeks I will be sending a survey to all current 2018/19 members to get some additional details to make it easier for us to distribute your app code to you, and in turn easier for you to load it on your smart phone.
At the 2019 AGM we will also revisit the membership fees as a result of this change as we expect that it may reduce our Club's operating costs. As the majority of members have already renewed for this year we will keep renewals at 5 Euro for the remainder of the year for fairness reasons.