I have been involved in this for a long time. I agree with everything that has been said.
I have always tried for clarity at dances and think stuff should be in writing and
approved by everyone a head if time. (How did they do this without e mail and cells)
With best efforts there can still be misunderstanding especially if the person who makes
the agreement is not present. I really believe money should not be discussed at dances.
However when there is disagreement I would think it could be settled after the dance Is
over. That should be a policy. I think I put in writing some place too I our contracts
Merle from Country dance ny
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On Feb 25, 2014, at 2:37 PM, Scott Higgs
Jerome Grisanti wrote:
Make sure you let the treasurer know who is getting paid, and how much ...
I've been in the uncomfortable situation of handing someone money and having them
say, "this is not the agreed amount." I've also been the caller when the
person with the bank asked, "how much do we pay you?" ... Of course, it's
not about the money, but smooth relations.
In my experience, lack of clarity on money happens all-too-often. It's usually not a
big deal, but occasionally makes a mess.
I still have uncomfortable feelings about a glitch like this -- from over a decade ago.
At the break, the treasurer came up to me and began, "We should have talked about
this in advance ..." It turned out that instead of the standard payment (which I had
been led to expect), they wanted to apply a different formula (reducing my pay) because of
an unusual band situation. I didn't know what to say, but observed that I had traveled
hundreds of miles, which might also be considered unusual ... We concluded the discussion
(which occupied the break, and would have been more happily spent socializing, and
planning the 2nd half) with me saying "Just do whatever seems best to you."
The organizer felt ruffled and grumpy, I felt ruffled and grumpy. I suspect that whatever
compromise was achieved was explained to the band, so they felt that way, too. Ugh ! A lot
of unnecessary annoyance over $50 or so.
As Jerome observes, "it's not about the money, but smooth relations."
It's really worth the extra communication to avoid putting performers and volunteer
organizers in awkward situations.
(postscript: there was a blizzard on Sunday, and I totaled my car on the way home.
Definitely not my favorite dance weekend of all time ...)
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