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My husband and I joined a local country club last summer in order to play golf. The family club membership fee is more or less affordable (unfortunately it just covers two of us since family members older than 18 are not included). The members are required to spend at least $50 a month to support the club restaurant, which is fortunately pretty good. Initially we made an arrangement so that the fee can be taken out of our bank account directly; but soon we stopped the arrangement to avoid the double charge. (The first experience of being double charged was rather frustrating.) Now we pay by writing checks.

Today I called up the Country Club office so that I’d be able to mail the check to cover the membership for February. Then I was surprised to know the fee included the restaurant dinner cost that we already had paid at the time of dining. Nevertheless, I decided to write a check to cover the amount indicated by the secretary/ accountant, since our next credit-card statement would clarify their mistake.

These experiences related to the club membership fees prompts me to wonder if the accounting at a small country club is a murky affair. The murkiness may be due to the fact that the members who are rather old but well-to-do may not pay close attention to their accounts to the extent that they do not notice any irregularities. Or perhaps, it may be due to the fact that the country club owner hires one of her/his relatives or friend’s relatives who may not be particularly competent. In either case, I think the members should be more attentive to their book-keeping.

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