I am shocked by the negative attitude on the proposed subscription rise found in the letters last week. I am a 'well meaning amateur' working for the Institution in the region. For amateur, read professional but unpaid; I believe this is what Tom Foulkes means.
The recent ICE membership satisfaction survey was not of just 'the membership actively involved in the regions' but from a cross section of members. The subscription rise is in direct response to giving what the 'membership at large wants'.
I take the point that Institution ballots produce a low response and usually from 'only those interested in Institution affairs'. However, the revitalisation of the Institution is the one affair that should raise the interest, and therefore the vote, of all members.
Significant strides have been made to address the profile of the profession, with the State of the Nation report being a notable success. More does need to be done and it is all set out in the business plan - this is where you will find how your subscriptions will be used.
John Goad, honorary secretary, East Midlands Region, 45 Burleigh Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG4 4AD