This always puzzled us as to why some clubs send out their Employee Holiday Fund requests at the same time as their Annual Dues Increase letters. Our hourly staff works their tails off all year only to be overshadowed by the oncoming dues increase. As many members know there is an annual 2-4% increase, it still is not a fun reality to face. I believe this may dampen members willingness to give. We asked clubs how they overcame this annual hurdle and what steps they took to safeguard their employees.