Greetings Royals Rugby Family!!

I hope this letter finds you well.  For those of you who have been following the Royals over the past few years you have seen some significant improvement in the level of play.  We have won a National Championship in Division III and taken over the number one spot in Division II here is St Louis.  Rugby overall is expanding with the professional league and the explosion of youth programs all over the country.  If you love rugby and cherish your time spent with the Royals organization we are asking for your support to make the Royals a rugby program that you can be proud of for generations!

The leadership of the Royals have committed to continuing the progress of the club at the highest level possible and to do that we are asking for your help.  The club will be competing in the National Division 2 and National Division 3, which means we will be recruiting hard at all levels and continuing to ramp up our total number of participants. With continued increase in total numbers and high number of matches comes an increase in our need to provide an expanded travel budget, training equipment, and training facilities for our players, many of whom are very young and even still in college. Please consider pledging your support to Royals rugby through our monthly membership program.

The monthly membership program is designed to provide steady funding to the following yearly operational expenses:  Coaching Staff, Training Equipment & Facilities, Medical Supplies, Travel Costs and Recruitment Funds

The Plan: Approximately 300 men have played for the Royals Rugby Club since 1972. The goal is to sign up 25 people comprised of former players, family, friends, and supporters on this program.

The Vehicle: recurring debits from former players, family, friends, and supporters. The club has set up a recurring debit program through our club website.  You can sign up now by clicking on the attached link below.  You will be an alumni/supporting member of the St Louis Royals Rugby Club!!!

Rather than asking for a big check yearly to support the team, usually with a moment’s notice, we are asking participants to sign up for the monthly membership program. Simply commit to a small monthly sum, supply your credit card, and that’s it. The credit card is charged monthly and no longer will you be asked to contribute one large donation each year.

What we’re asking of you: First, sign up at a starting commitment of $25.00 or more per month. Second, contact your old teammates you played with not currently on this program, and help us sign up at least two of them. Third, ask these friends to do the same. We’ll continue to our annual goals of members in no time.  Current members will be asked to invest at least $15.00 per month.

The numbers:

Year 1: $25 per month, at 25 members would bring the club $7,500

Year 2: $25 per month, at 50 members would bring the club $15,000

Year 3: $25 per month, at 100 members would bring the club $30,000

As previously mentioned, this revenue would be put toward coaching staff, training equipment & facilities, medical supplies, travel costs and recruitment funds. In just a few short years we would be able to make some significant moves from winning the Division III championship to Division II champions, to having a Division I side as well.  This model has worked at other dynasty clubs around the country and there is no reason we can’t accomplish it as well!

Breakout of operating expense Funds:

–        50% of the funds would go to support coaching staff, training equipment and facilities.

–        25% of the funds would go to support team travel expenses.

–        25% of the funds would go into the club’s general fund. These funds will go to your annual gift and annual expenses which I’ll call “maintenance items” such as website fees, union fees etc.

The club will incur minimal processing fees for your donations.

A Paypal account is required in order to manage your subscription. Once you choose the subscription you want, you will have the option to log into your Paypal account or create a new account.

What do you get?

Membership Monthly Amount Reward for your Investment
Player $15.00

Membership will pay for your cipp and your annual banquet ticket.
Knight or Maiden $25.00

1 ticket to the annual banquet plus a dri-fit membership shirt*
Duke or Duchess $50.00

2 ticket to the annual banquet plus a dri-fit membership shirt*
Prince or Princess $75.00

2 tickets to the annual banquet plus our annual gift**
King or Queen $100.00

4 tickets to the annual banquet plus our annual gift**

Banquet tickets are valued at $50.00

*This will be a one-time gift

**Our annual gift will be specialized high-quality Royals rugby apparel that will be different every year.

We will also have an alumni day at least once a year providing food and drink, with special acknowledgment of the monthly contributors.

As the monthly membership program continues to grow in the future we will look at ways to increase the list of benefits for everyone.

As always, the Royals Rugby Club is appreciative of your continued support.

Yours in Rugby,

Steve McKinstry