Membership Discounts for Military, First Responders, etc

May 27th, 2021

Does your facility offer membership discounts for military or first responders? How much of a discount should you offer? These are questions that get asked by facilities but also a question that not all potential members would think to ask before signing up with your facility.

Here is a breakdown of some discounts offered:

  • Waive annual maintenance fee
  • Corporate rates
  • 10-15% discount for military (active/retired)
  • 10% discount for first responders
    • A facility let us know that they offer a whopping 40% discount!!
    • Another facility offers a 25% discount to law enforcement and EMT while fire fighters enjoy a 100% discount!!

We cannot recommend enough that if you are going to offer a discount of any kind that you have a written policy.

  • What type of membership is required to receive the discount ( single/family, annual membership, paid in full membership, daily rates discounted?)?
  • Do family members get to enjoy the discount as well?
  • When you offer a military discount include who the discount applies to; such as all military, only active duty, not including Guard, or if leave paperwork is required to receive a daily discount.

Lost & Found Policies

February 9, 2021

We’ve all been finishing up laundry and realize there is one missing sock. Talk about frustrating. What I don’t understand is, how can you leave the gym and realize you lost your keys and not go back to find them?

Today’s topic is a hot one – do you have a Lost & Found Policy?

Short answer, if you don’t have a policy maybe now is the time to make one for your facility.  We took the liberty of breaking down a memo and log from one of our clubs and generalized it for you to make it your own at your facility. Here is an example Lost & Found Policy and Item Log: Lost and Found Policy and Log.

Here is what our clubs said:

  • Hygiene items not claimed are tossed at end of each day
  • Clothing and general items not claimed usually end up getting donated
  • One facility has a rummage sale each year and donates the money (LOVE this!)
  • High Value items are logged, secured and kept indefinitely

I hope nobody loses their keys, wedding rings or minds! However, as George Carlin said, “If I ever lose my mind I hope some honest person will find it and take it to Lost and Found”.

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