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Author Topic: Field Day and freeloaders  (Read 1124 times)
WB0CJB
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« on: February 10, 2016, 05:06:51 PM »

A club plans for its participation in FD and decides to have a potluck dinner that Saturday evening. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish and the club provides for the meat (usually hamburgers, hot dogs, or pulled pork BBQ). The dinner is well attended by both members and non members, as well as the spouses/harmonics. Everyone enjoys the meal and the fellowship.

Here is the catch: There are usually some people who come to the dinner without bringing a covered dish or has helped in setting up or operating/logging at one of the stations. That person loads up his plate and sticks around to visit with some of his buddies after dinner. He then decides to go home and you don't see him anymore until the next year's FD. Pretty much that person shows up each year for free food.

If the club chooses to hand out dinner tickets to any and all who has set up or operated and has made at least 1 contact then the club is being childish. If everyone brings a covered dish donations could solicited for the cost of the meat. But then again the freeloaders get their belly full at the expense of the others.

The club treasury should not be expected to furnish the meal completely as it has expenses to take care of. If the club repeater goes down and a major repair is needed the treasury would be pretty much wiped out.

So the club could:

1 Forget about the dinner and just have a small dinner for the FD group doing the operation
2 Have the dinner and have to deal with the freeloaders as always
3 Bring in a food truck and have everyone order off the food truck
4 Have the dinner catered by the food truck at so much per plate per person

Anyone have this issue?
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AC2EU
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2016, 05:25:10 PM »

Did you look into a local place supplying a buffet?  The local Lions club does that on the cheap occasionally.
Our radio club is fortunate to have a member who loves to cook for parties. All we have to do is buy the food and gas!
Everybody gets fed and there is usually over a couple of hundred in the donation jar at the end.

I'd say put out a donation jar for those who didn't bring food. Make it known what is expected of the attendees.
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2016, 03:51:00 AM »

I'd say put out a donation jar for those who didn't bring food. Make it known what is expected of the attendees.

AND TELL THEM WHAT THE JAR IS FOR!
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KA4GFY
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2016, 12:49:10 PM »

Our club has had the same problem as well.  We have a few people who show up around dinnertime on Saturday, fill their plates, eat and leave.  One claims to be a club member, but no one in the club knows who he is.

We once had a ham who brought their teenage son with him.  The son consumed 2 cases of soft drinks by HIMSELF over the weekend and dad never offered to replace or pay for the soft drinks.  Needless to say, neither was welcomed back.

Just like NA4IT said, we put a jar out.  Put money in the jar and get a ticket from the Field Day chairman or treasurer.  No ticket, no food.

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Rich, KA4GFY   

 
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K6CPO
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2016, 10:52:02 PM »

My club budgets for food every year.  In the past it's been cooked by a couple of members, a father and son team, but last year we had to opt for pizza because they couldn't do it.  We've not had a problem with freeloaders, as you called them, because o lot of our members help out even if they don't operate.
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AB1LT
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2016, 05:27:35 AM »

If all the bad apples are doing is violating your principles, but not causing a tangible problem, just let it go and focus on the fun of the event.  Don't let a bad minority wreck it for the good majority.  Don't change a fun, casual time to a rigid, controlled, terms & conditions thing!  Pot lucks always have a few free loaders.  Some forgot, didn't know, or didn't have time.  Others truly are selfish freeloaders.  But the people that bring stuff almost always bring more than their share, so there is usually enough to go around.  Focus on the fun.
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