Everyone admires loyalty; the ability to stick with something through thick and thin is always an admirable quality and one that generally deserves to be rewarded.
It was with this in mind that the RYA has decided to set up its Gold Membership scheme to recognise long-term members.
Considering that the RYA has been a membership organisation since 1875, loyalty is a big deal and whether the RYA is lobbying Government on behalf of UK boaters, or refining training techniques, its core of loyal members is vital to its work of promoting boating and protecting the interests of boaters throughout the UK.
The belief at the RYA is that members who have supported the essential work of the RYA over a sustained period of time deserve a ‘thank you’. It is this line of thinking that has prompted the RYA to introduce the Gold Membership scheme.
The RYA’s Marketing Operations Manager Paul Bayliss explained: “The basic idea behind Gold Membership is to reward and recognise those members who have been with the RYA continuously for five years or more.
“First up, you will get a smart new Gold Membership card but that is just the start; we’re putting together a range of enhanced benefits for out gold members and we will also provide exclusive offers and invitations to events over time.
“It’s basically our way of saying thank you to our members; the RYA is an organisation which has, over the years, garnered an awful lot of loyal members and we’re really glad to have put together this means of recognising their loyalty.”
You don’t have to sign up for Gold Membership and you certainly don’t have to pay any extra subscription fees. It’s all going to be updated automatically, so you just have to wait for your shiny Gold Membership card to appear in the post.
The RYA has always worked hard to ensure that membership came with its benefits such as discounted marine insurance, discounted publications and even a discount on new Volvo cars.
Gold membership will simply take this one step further, and the RYA has negotiated a range of deals with leading suppliers within the boating sector to ensure that gold members will have a choice of the finest deals.
“Gold membership came into effect on October 1, and the benefits will be rolled out throughout the autumn” Paul added: “So watch this space.”
For more information on Gold Membership, or if you are keen to join or renew your membership to the RYA, visit www.rya.org.uk or call: 02380604255.