All, For your information, below is an updated version of an article from the JUL-SEP 2009 Explorer’s Gazette newsletter (please note the attached photo ofMessage 1 of 1 , Dec 1 8:49 AMView Source
For your information, below is an updated version of an article from the JUL-SEP 2009 Explorer’s Gazette newsletter (please note the attached photo of the proposed uni-sex OAEA-logo watch).
Dave is the New England Chapter’s Merchandise Coordinator, and now he has accepted the title of OAEA National Merchandise Committee Chairman. Please feel free to contact Dave at the email address provided, to provide him your thoughts, ideas and preferences on the proposed merchandise program. Per the Gazette article is is NOW taking orders for the watch and donations for vouchers to get the store up-and-running.
OAEA “SHIPS STORE”
By Dave Hazard
OAEA Merchandise Chairman
I would like to thank the OAEA Board of Directors for voting me in as the OAEA Merchandise Chairman. At the present time there are, including myself, three members on the Merchandise Committee: Billy-Ace Baker (Gulf Coast Group Chapter) and George Wood (Northwest Area). I’m still looking to include a representative from the Southwest Group in California and one from the Tidewater Area.
I have done extensive research into the forming of an OAEA Ships Store and have been in touch with a variety of vendors. At the present time I have vendors for watches, key chains, polo shirts, windbreakers, patches, cigarette lighters, and ball caps. I have been in touch with the OAEA Treasurer, and in keeping with established OAEA budget procedures there will not be enough money available to the Merchandise Committee to finance the OAEA Ships Store.
Therefore, I have decided to go to the membership with a proposal for the formation of a Ships Store (The Rookery). The proposal would be as follows:
-- Each participant in this program would donate $10.00, and in return would receive a $10.00 voucher that would be redeemable on their first purchase. We could do this via the OAEA website and the Explorer’s Gazette.
-- Initially the checks would be mailed to me so I can create a spreadsheet with each donor and the number of the voucher that was sent to them. I would then forward each check to the OAEA Treasurer.
-- The voucher would be printed on a post card and mailed out to each person who donated. When that person places an order, he/she would send their redeemable voucher for the merchandise – along with their check – to me.
-- I would then annotate that the voucher was redeemed, and forward the check to the OAEA Treasurer.
-- After paying for the cost of the merchandise, profits generated from these merchandise sales would go into the OAEA General Fund.
-- If at least four hundred members donate, the Committee would have a starting budget of $4000. If more people donate, we will have an even better selection of merchandise to buy.
-- For convenience, the Ships Store merchandise will eventually be featured on the OAEA Website.
-- With each order shipped out, an invoice will be included with the cost of the item and the cost of shipping.
Please feel free to give me some feedback ASAP! I would like to get the Ships Store in operation this fall or early next year. Of note, merchandise being sold would not be limited to only OAEA-Logo merchandise. Other items to be sold may feature logos for ASA, NSFA, VX6/VXE6, Seabee Units, Coast Guard Cutters, and other units and agencies that were/are part of the US Antarctic Program.
I have attached a photo of an OAEA-logo watch from one of the vendors I have contacted. The watch shown would sell for $40 (not counting the shipping cost). To reduce the cost of the watch, I would have to order a minimum of 100 watches at a cost of $3000 ($30 per watch). The warranty on the watch’s movement is normally five years but the vendor will give us an extra two years making it seven. Individuals who want a watch may send a down payment of $20. This would enable me to order other merchandise.
David V. Hazard
Dave Hazard can be contacted at:
Phone: 207 353 9068
340 Lisbon Street
Lisbon ME 04250
Sec/Treas, OAEA-GCC Chapter