Cessation of Subscriptions
Why have trustees decided to stop taking subscriptions after 72 years?
Trustees are convinced that the ability to offer access to the RMA to all members of the Corps Family, regardless of their individual means, lies at the heart of the charitable objects of our Association. This will not only provide meaningful recognition of the service of the individual, and the support provided to the individual by his immediate family, but it will allow the Association to grow in numbers over time. This is important because the Association often provides the best access to timely and effective support for those members of our family who find themselves in a moment of need. The cessation of subscriptions will also allow the RMA to de-register from VAT, which is an essential pre-condition for merger and will save us money without impacting on the level of membership service provided to individuals and their branches.
How will this change be implemented?
In order to ensure that membership subscriptions are not drawn after the 08 Nov 18, the RMA will be de-activating the current bank account used for receive standing orders and direct debits.
Consequently, the RMA will not draw down the existing 1100 Direct Debits. Reminders for these Direct Debits will no longer be sent to members as Direct Debits are not being taken. Members with direct debits are requested to cancel them immediately.
Members with an existing standing order for their membership subscriptions are strongly advised to cancel them immediately. Any existing Standing Orders will be returned to the individual by the bank.
The remaining members who pay by other methods will now have no reason to do so and will not be accepted, other than as donations.
Can I get a refund on the that part of my annual membership that has not been used?
No. Trustees did consider a phased implementation in order overcome this issue, but this risks members not renewing in order to save money, their accounts then being de-activated and the individual may not remember to re-join, which defeats the purpose.
Is my current membership card still valid?
Yes. Your current card will remain valid until it expires.
On the next anniversary of membership renewal, a new membership card will be sent to each member valid for 10-years.
The current thin membership card will be retained until the MOD has made a decision on the proposed Veterans ID Card (MOD 91), which is planned to be issued from in 2020.
How will RMA operations be financed without subscriptions?
The RMA currently has sufficient funds to manage membership operations until the proposed merger, thanks in large part to generous legacy.
Royal Marines Charity Trustees have agreed to fund membership operations after the proposed merger.
With a 10-year interval between renewing membership cards, how will you keep your records up to date?
We will continue to send emails to all members on the anniversary of their membership, inviting them to verify that the personal contact details and that their mailing preferences remain extant.
In order to get us off on a firm footing, all members are requested to access their online account and verify their details.
Now that membership is free, how can I join or re-join the RMA?
New members can apply to join the RMA at no cost from 9 Nov 18. A link to the RMA Join Us page is below
If you want to re-join the RMA, you should email the Membership Secretary on email@example.com, or call on 02392651519 and she can re-activate your account at no cost.
I would like to continue to support the RMA with a donation. Can I still do this?
The RMA will no longer be accepting donations. It is recognised that sufficient funds are vital to the smooth operation of the any charity, so within the spirit of the proposed merger, any donations should now be made to the Royal Marines Charity.
You can donate using one of five methods:
The Donate Page on their website is: https://theroyalmarinescharity.org.uk/events-fundraising/donate/
The Just Giving Page is:
The Bank Account details for an electronic transfer are:
Account Name: The Royal Marines Charity
Sort Code: 30-96-11
Account Number: 23 48 69 68
Reference – RMA Donation
Cheques can be made payable to ‘The Royal Marines Charity’ and sent to:
The Royal Marines Charity
If you are a UK tax payer, please tick the Gift Aid Box as this enable us to claim an additional 25% back from HMRC.
If you would like to make a regular donation to the TRMC to help fund all of the RMA and TRMC activities, there is a direct debit form attached.
Please make sure your donation is referenced using your RMA Membership Number e.g. RMA 123456 so that we can account for how much the membership is donating.
What categories of membership will now be available?
There are no major changes to the membership categories, but the definitions of who is entitled to be within each of these membership categories has been revised as follows:
Full Member. Anyone who has served in the RM/RMBS in an RM unit or filled a line number in an RM unit (including any qualified Commando, MARWREN or other serviceman), regardless of length of service.
Anyone who is the parent, spouse/civil partner or child of a full member; this can be extended to grandparents or carers who have raised the Royal Marine, and grandchildren being raised by the former Royal Marine. Must be sponsored by a Full Member.
Children of Full Members can be sponsored as Associate Members from the age of 9.
Any AACC qualified person, and their immediate family, may become an Associate Member of the RMA.
Existing Associate Members who do not fit into the new definitions will be granted Associate Membership in perpetuity, sponsored by their Branch Chairman/Secretary.
Cadet Member. All members of recognised RM Cadet organisations. This will need to be managed via cadet units (as now) in order to prove entitlement. Cadet Membership terminates on 18th birthday, at which point they can apply to become Associate Members, sponsored via Central Office.
Honorary Member. Honorary Members can be proposed by branches to regions and if endorsed at regional level then recommended to the RMA Board for ratification and appointment. No fee demanded. Existing Honorary Members continue to be recognised in perpetuity.
Life Member. In essence, this change in policy makes every member of the RMA a Life Member. It is therefore intended to allow this category of membership to fall into abeyance.
Have the Articles of Association and RMA Bye-laws been amended to reflect these changes?
As part of the proposed merger, the Articles of Association, the Branch Bye-Laws, the Membership Bye-Laws and the Terms of Reference of the RMA Board (the Membership Committee post-merger) are all being updated and will incorporate these revised definitions.
Will this cessation of subscriptions be extended to branches?
For the time being, branches will continue to be able to demand branch subscriptions.
Can I still purchase event tickets via the RMA website?
Now that membership renewal will be automatic, how can existing members leave?
Should a member decide to leave the RMA, they can on email the Membership Secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org, or call on 02392651519 to have their account de-activated.
I’ve been paying for the last X years; why should people now be able to join without having to pay?
The ability to offer access to the RMA to all members of the Corps Family, regardless of their individual means lies at the heart of the charitable objects of our Association. This not only provides meaningful recognition of the service of the individual, and the support provided to the individual by his immediate family, but it will allow the Association to grow in numbers over time. This is important as the Association provides the greatest access to timely and effective support for those members of our family who find themselves in a moment of need.
This has been made possible by a generous legacy, which coincides with the proposed merger to allow a new finance strategy to be established for the RMA and membership operations into the future.