The following comes from "Resolutions of the February 2009 Board Meeting" in the April 2009 issue of MESSENGER, which just arrived in the mail today (May 15). I think it speaks for itself.

"Resolved to establish the family membership at a rate of $96.00 per annum. The database cannot divide $100 evenly."

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Are they still using that desk-sized thing they bought in 1972?
When I started helping the membership department, Diana Cabigting had an XP with an 10mb hard drive. I set up their database in dbase 3 (later converted to foxpro), set up the data and tables, and wrote several thousand lines of dbase code that was used for many many years. The computers were upgraded and I kept adding new features to the software and changing it as the membership rules changed. Eventually, they moved on to something else, and I could retire from my volunteer work.

I remember that at one point, they were so against the internet that they did not want to get and publish an email address. Eventually, they tried to set up a mailing list in house, but the external consulting company screwed up setting up their DNS entries for the domain we wanted to use, so they gave up on that, and they had a mailing list for a while on an outside site. This did not do too well, because they had someone in Wheaton read and approve every message sent to the list before it was allowed to go out, and that was not always quick. (It was from 199706 to 199801.) Needless to say, we can see that they've come around and now accept the importance of the internet.
The very first message on the list was:

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