Fools and My Money

I belong to several small ham radio organizations. I call them “Internet” clubs since they are little more than a Web site and because I have no better way of describing them. These are activity groups who sponsor all manner of on-air snipe hunts that many of us find enjoyable.

Most of these clubs have no dues but it’s obvious that they incur some miscellaneous expenses that must be borne by someone — even if it’s only domain registration and Web hosting.

Most accept donations and since I don’t like the notion of playing all the club games while letting someone else pay for it, once a year I kick-in from twenty to fifty bucks and sleep well at night.

I’ve done that four times this year alone, if you count one donation to a fellow who runs a Web site that manages spots making it wonderfully useful for certain on-air activities.

And all four have something in common — not one of them acknowledged my contribution. No auto-generated email, no personal thank you note, not even a ‘kiss my ass’ like I got from the folks who publish SPRAT when I renewed that subscription “wrong” a few years ago.

Nothing. Pure silence. Crickets. I did receive payment receipts from PayPal so I know my contributions were received. I guess saying “thank you” to people who hand you money is a lot of trouble and I get that these are just volunteers and no one has any spare time these days, I really do get that.

And that’s okay, because from now on my money will remain in my pocket.

Author: Jeff Davis


3 thoughts on “Fools and My Money”

  1. I don’t know what to say. Of course you’re right. If you’re willing to take the time and the expense of making a donation to a small organization, the least they could do is return some sort of acknowledgement. To be honest, I never really expect it. When I make a small donation to a ham Internet site I pretty much do it because I want the site to continue because I use it, or I like the idea of it. So it is pretty much for my own self-interest. I don’t feel that I am being all that altruistic.

    But maybe there is a greater reason I don’t think about it. In the last few years I’ve bought four wedding presents. The recipients were relatives who I’ve known all their lives. There was also one daughter of a life-long friend. I spent between $80.00 and $150.00 for each gift. I think that this is a lot of money. The first of these four gifts I gave was at a time when I was hurting for money. I couldn’t really afford the trip to the wedding much less the price of the gift, but I did it anyway because it was family.

    I only received one Thank You note out of the four gifts. (it wasn’t the first one) A lot of times I send gifts online through the stores where the couple is registered. When I don’t hear any kind of response from anyone after several months, I go through the trouble of contacting the store to verify the addresses, the sales, and to make sure that it wasn’t my mistake and to make sure that it was sent. Invariably they have a record and they answer all my questions correctly. One of the four gifts was just a check I mailed. The happy couple took about a month to cash the check but they did finally, and I never heard from them again.

    You’d think in this day and age folks could at least send an email. Now that I think of it, I’m friends with all four of these people on Facebook. They could have sent me a message. Oh well, that’s life in the 21st century.

  2. I’ve stopped to expect a thank you when making a donation. Hell my own kids dont thank me for money sent for the grand kids.

    Life goes on.

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