That’s right – 8 ordinary members of the Association showed for the AGM – a number which I heard described as a “good turnout”.
That’s only 8 out of the 5,500 or 8,000 members – depending on who you speak to. That’s only a single member more than quorum. Up until a few minutes before 1pm, even achieving quorum was looking unlikely.
I’ll provide more updates on what happened over the coming days (especially since there were no journalists present), but I did get an answer on the membership numbers discrepancy. The true number of paying members is actually closer to 4,000 than 5,500 and a far cry from 8,000.
However, the reason that 8,000 members is quoted is ingenious.
Here’s how it works! For every class, in every school that has a schools subscription, the CAI assumes that that’s actually 20 extra association members. So, take as an example a school that has 15 classes and pays its €140 in membership. The CAI actually increases their membership by 300 rather than just the 1.
Or by 300 “potential” members as the Chief Executive described the school kids today!
Disclaimer: I am a member, council and executive member of the Consumers Association of Ireland and all this was news to me today.