OABA Membership Update
The lifeblood of the OABA, for over 53 years, is our membership. It is who we serve and the reason we exist. As in any industry trade association, there are membership categories and dues which are paid to provide some of the strong financial backing to bring services to its members. The OABA is no different.
It has been brought up many times to the OABA staff that there are too many membership categories and confusion as to which membership category is applicable. For this reason, the OABA Membership Committee has been working towards simplifying and streamlining the categories to eliminate as much confusion as possible. This committee most recently met at the annual Spring Board meeting and presented recommendations to the Board of Directors, as the entire board must approve any changes. In some membership categories nothing has changed.
The following is a summary of the changes, if applicable, and a description of the categories that were voted on and approved by the board in April.
The Carnival categories were consolidated from 4 to 3 and are still based upon the number of rides owned by the show. Any show joins one of these categories.
Independent Ride Owners have been merged with Carnival category 3 (1-20 rides owned).
The Carnival Employee and Carnival Fan categories were merged. This category is for employees of shows and those who are retired or just continue to enjoy this business.
Circus Categories were consolidated from 9 categories to 2. The two Circus categories are Circus Producer and Circus Associate.
The two Concession Owner categories were merged into 1. This category is for food, game and other concessionaires.
The Carnival Executive category is for individuals who are part of a show, many of whom are family members, who want the $10,000 AD&D insurance coverage as a member, once the carnival has joined the OABA.
The result of the changes reduces OABA’s membership categories from 25 to 14. This will go a long way to simplify things for the membership, as well as the hardworking OABA staff. Hopefully, it will also eliminate many of the questions that come up every year at membership renewal time.
It is important to note that, as a result of the consolidation of the categories, some dues were increased, some remained the same, and some decreased. These changes were necessary to attempt to keep the total funds generated by the OABA membership dues the same as they were last year, and we are confident that this structure will accomplish that.
It’s been over 10 years since any wholesale changes have been made to our dues categories and fees. We are confident that these changes will be positive. Our members are appreciative of the services and advocacy your OABA dues provides, for which everyone pays. These changes will be effective with our 2019 dues year starting on July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.
Please remember that your dues are critical for the services that the OABA provides to members. You will be hearing more about these efforts and services that the OABA works hard to provide through our new communication initiative to better inform and educate you on everything the OABA does for its members.