Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Paying for Events Online

Did the research today through Google Checkout and PayPal to find out how much it would cost to be able to pre-register for events online. These would include Reunions, Banquet, Dues, etc.
Found out that the rates for both services would be exactly the same, so I have decided to get input from Lodge Members to see if they would like to see if this would be a worthwile option.
This would mean registering a Google Account (or simply adding credit/debit card info to a pre-existing Google Account) and being able to pay online instead of having to mail money to the Scout Office or having to go in person to the office. Because of the fees charged by Google and the Lodge still needing to get the full price for an event, we will need to charge a little more to those that pay online.
For Example:
Dues- $7.50 would cost $8.05
Spring Reunion- $14.00 would cost $15.10
I realize this will cost more to those that would want to use this service and it seems like the Lodge would be making a profit, but after paying Google for each transaction, the Lodge would break even for how much it needs per event.
Please let me know how you would feel about doing this!