Many of you have been gracious and generous in your support through our $10 / year Site Supporter subscription option in the past. Your support is always welcomed my dear friends, and more appreciated than you can imagine.
That being said, DO THE TON has come a long way in the last couple of years, as have many of the companies our friends have been running. From Dime City Cycles started by members Jason and Herm just a few short years ago (who have been supporters of DO THE TON since the beginning), to Sean at Roc City, and more recently Logan's launch of Rust Revival along with a number of others.
The support from these Friends of DO THE TON keeps the site on the air, and allows the never ending expansion of our hosting services as our needs grow daily. It allows us to get things like 16 foot tall flags and pop-up tents for events like the Ace Corner we just enjoyed and will allow us to expand on that by helping support events hosted by groups of our members in different areas all over.
The Site Supporter program is special in that it comes directly from our members, and is a real commitment to supporting the site, which at the end of the day, is fundamentally made up of those same members. So from this point on, 100% of any Site Supporter contributions is going to go directly to supporting our members, not paying the bills of running the site.
These funds will be used when possible to help our members in need, make charitable donations reflective of our membership's ideals and values, help members perhaps attend a major DO THE TON gathering that they might not otherwise be able to etc.
I've tried over the years to do what I can with the funds contributed by our members and Friends of DTT to do just these things. Be it by contributing parts to people's projects, helping members attend meet-ups, and making contributions to charities in the name of our group. I'm looking forward to being able to do more of that in years to come.
This idea came to me appropriately while sitting with DTT members in Alabama in the warmth of Kiley's garage, while enjoying the cleansing rain of a storm passing overhead ringing on the metal roof. We were discussing the Site Supporter program, as I was contemplating changing it to reflect the changing needs of the site. People wanted it to continue, and this is the best idea I've been able to come up with to have it reflect the values I feel we embody as a family.
I am wide open to further suggestions, comments, 2x4 hits to the head on this topic, so please chime in.
To access the Site Supporter subscription registration, this is the link:http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;area=subscriptions